#metrics #statsd #graphite #timer #monitoring


A fast and modular metrics library decoupling app instrumentation from reporting backend. Similar to popular logging frameworks, but with counters and timers. Can be configured for combined outputs (log + statsd), random sampling, local aggregation of metrics, recurrent background publication, etc

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A quick, modular metrics toolkit for Rust applications of all types. Similar to popular logging frameworks, but with counters, markers, gauges and timers.

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Dipstick's main attraction is the ability to send metrics to multiple customized outputs. For example, metrics could be written immediately to the log and sent over the network after a period of aggregation.

Dipstick promotes structured metrics for clean, safe code and good performance.

Dipstick builds on stable Rust with minimal dependencies.


  • Send metrics to stdout, log, statsd or graphite (one or many)
  • Synchronous, asynchronous or mixed operation
  • Optional fast random statistical sampling
  • Immediate propagation or local aggregation of metrics (count, sum, average, min/max)
  • Periodic or programmatic publication of aggregated metrics
  • Customizable output statistics and formatting
  • Global or scoped (e.g. per request) metrics
  • Per-application and per-output metric namespaces


For complete applications see the examples.

To use Dipstick in your project, add the following line to your Cargo.toml in the [dependencies] section:

dipstick = "0.6.10"

Then add it to your code:

let metrics = app_metrics(to_graphite("host.com:2003")?);
let counter = metrics.counter("my_counter");

Send metrics to multiple outputs:

let _app_metrics = app_metrics((
        to_statsd("localhost:8125")?.with_namespace(&["my", "app"])

Since instruments are decoupled from the backend, outputs can be swapped easily.

Aggregate metrics and schedule to be periodical publication in the background:

use std::time::Duration;

let app_metrics = app_metrics(aggregate(all_stats, to_stdout()));

Aggregation is performed locklessly and is very fast. Count, sum, min, max and average are tracked where they make sense. Published statistics can be selected with presets such as all_stats (see previous example), summary, average.

For more control over published statistics, provide your own strategy:

    |_kind, name, score|
        match score {
            ScoreType::Count(count) => 
                Some((Kind::Counter, vec![name, ".per_thousand"], count / 1000)),
            _ => None

Apply statistical sampling to metrics:

let _app_metrics = app_metrics(to_statsd("server:8125")?.with_sampling_rate(0.01));

A fast random algorithm is used to pick samples. Outputs can use sample rate to expand or format published data.

Metrics can be recorded asynchronously:

let _app_metrics = app_metrics(to_stdout()).with_async_queue(64);

The async queue uses a Rust channel and a standalone thread. The current behavior is to block when full.

For better performance and easy maintenance, metrics should usually be predefined:

#[macro_use] extern crate dipstick;
#[macro_use] extern crate lazy_static;
use dipstick::*;

app_metrics!(String, APP_METRICS = app_metrics(to_stdout()));
app_counter!(String, APP_METRICS, {
    COUNTER_A: "counter_a",

fn main() {

Metric definition macros are just lazy_static! wrappers.

Where necessary, metrics can be defined ad-hoc:

let user_name = "john_day";
let app_metrics = app_metrics(to_log().with_cache(512));
app_metrics.gauge(format!("gauge_for_user_{}", user_name)).value(44);

Defining a cache is optional but will speed up re-definition of common ad-hoc metrics.

Timers can be used multiple ways:

let app_metrics = app_metrics(to_stdout());
let timer =  app_metrics.timer("my_timer");
time!(timer, {/* slow code here */} );
timer.time(|| {/* slow code here */} );

let start = timer.start();
/* slow code here */


Related metrics can share a namespace:

let app_metrics = app_metrics(to_stdout());
let db_metrics = app_metrics.with_prefix("database");
let _db_timer = db_metrics.timer("db_timer");
let _db_counter = db_metrics.counter("db_counter");


Dipstick is licensed under the terms of the Apache 2.0 and MIT license.


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  • build build.rs