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A Prometheus client


There are a handful of other Prometheus clients for Rust already, but I decided to make another one. Rust has a lot of language features, and I felt like none of the existing implementations were truly using those to their advantage. With Hesione, traits are leveraged to make metric storage types pluggable, and a derive macro exists to make defining metrics and generating their collective outputs easy, among other things.

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  • Rust things:
    • Codegen that simplifies metric definitions
    • Easy to instrument your code with
    • Well-tested
    • Process metrics
  • Prometheus things:
    • Counters
    • Gauges
    • Histograms
    • Summaries


use std::sync::{
    atomic::{Ordering, AtomicUsize},

use once_cell::sync::Lazy;
use hesione::{Hesione, Counter, labels};

/// The collection of metrics used by your program
struct Metrics {
    /// The amount of HTTP requests
    /// Extra documentation that won't show up in Prometheus' help text can go
    /// here. For example, I'll take this moment to mention that `AtomicUsize`
    /// is just an arbitrary choice here. If you'd like to use another type to
    /// store the value in, this is possible (with the stipulation that the type
    /// you want implements the `hesione::Value` trait).
    http_reqs: Counter<AtomicUsize>,

/// A globally usable instance of the above structure
/// This isn't strictly necessary, although it will likely make instrumentation
/// much easier.
static METRICS: Lazy<Metrics> = Lazy::new(Metrics::default);

// Instrument your code by importing METRICS and modifying its fields:
METRICS.http_reqs.inc(Ordering::SeqCst, None);

// You can also add labels when accessing a metric:
let labels = labels! {
    "status_code": 404.to_string(),
METRICS.http_reqs.inc(Ordering::SeqCst, Some(labels));

// Call this method in your `/metrics` HTTP endpoint to generate the output:
let actual = METRICS.to_prometheus_lines(Ordering::SeqCst, None);

// This is what the output will look like for this example:
let expected = concat!(
        // The help text comes from the first line of the doc comments
        "# HELP http_reqs The amount of HTTP requests\n",

        // Type hints are dictated by the struct's field type
        "# TYPE http_reqs counter\n",

        // Metric names are generated by the struct's field name
        "http_reqs 1\n",
        "http_reqs{status_code=\"404\"} 1\n",

assert_eq!(expected, actual);

Contributing code

Be sure to run the .hooks/install.sh script after the first clone. The post-merge hook will re-run this script to apply changes to the hooks, if there are any. The pre-commit hook runs the formatter, linter (on deny warnings mode), and the test suite. If you don't want to run hard-mode linter or the tests for some reason (maybe you already did and just don't want to do it again automatically, or are committing code-unrelated things), you can set the SKIP_TESTS_PLEASE environment variable to anything.


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