Tamaya Usage Tracking (Extension Module)

Tamaya UsageTracker is an extension module. Refer to the extensions documentation for further details.

What functionality this module provides ?

Tamaya UsageTracker allows to record and count the configuration access and consumer locations in your local VM.


The module is based on Java 7, so it can be used with Java 7 and beyond.


To use Tamaya usagetracker you only must add the corresponding dependency to your module:


Tracking Configuration Access

The model module also allows tracking which code accesses configuration properties or configuration parameters. It checks the stacktrace to evaluate the calling code location, hereby any unwanted packages can be implicitly ommitted from the stacktrace. Also the maximal length of the stacktrace retained can be constraint in length. The usages are recorded as Usage instances. Hereby for each parameter accessed a corresponding Usage instance is created. It can be accessed by calling Usage ConfigUsageStats.getUsage(String key). Usage statistics for calling Configuration.getProperties() can be obtained calling Usage getUsageAllProps();.

Usage tracking is disabled by default. It can be enabled by calling ConfigUsageStats.enableUsageTracking(true);. ConfigUsageStats.isUsageTrackingEnabled() returns the current tracking status.

The Usage class itself provides access to further fainer grained usage data (AccessDetail) containing:

  • the access point (fqn.ClassName#method(line: xxx)).

  • the number of accesses

  • the first an last access

  • the values read

  • the access stacktrace (filtered by ignored packages).

public final class Usage {
    public String getKey();
    public void clearMetrics();
    public int getReferenceCount();
    public int getUsageCount();
    public Collection<AccessDetail> getAccessDetails(Class type);
    public Collection<AccessDetail> getAccessDetails(Package pack);
    public Collection<AccessDetail> getAccessDetails(String lookupExpression);
    public Collection<AccessDetail> getAccessDetails();
    public void trackUsage(String value);
    public void trackUsage(String value, int maxTraceLength);

    public static final class AccessDetail {
        public void clearStats();
        public long trackAccess(String value);
        public long getAccessCount();
        public String getAccessPoint();
        public long getFirstAccessTS();
        public long getLastAccessTS();
        public String[] getStackTrace();
        public Map<Long, String> getTrackedValues();


With ConfigUsageStats.clearUsageStats() the collected statistics can be reset at any time. Summarizing the main singleton for configuration statistics is defined as follows:

public final class ConfigUsageStats{
    public static Set<String> getIgnoredUsagePackages();
    public static void addIgnoredUsagePackages(String... packageName);
    public static void enableUsageTracking(boolean enabled);
    public static Usage getUsage(String key);
    public static Collection<Usage> getUsages();
    public static void clearUsageStats();
    public static Usage getUsageAllProperties();
    public static boolean isUsageTrackingEnabled();
    public static String getUsageInfo();

Customizing the Stacktrace for Usage Reporting

The stacktrace tracked by the system can be customized in several ways:

  • ConfigUsageStats.addIgnoredPackageNames(String...) allows to add additional ignored package names.

  • With Usage.setMaxTraceLength(int) the maximal size of the stacktraces logged can be set. Setting a negative value will disable stacktrace logging completelely.

Accessing Usage Statistics

Bascially usage statistics are available in two forms:

  • The Usage/AccessDetail object tree can be accessed programmatically from the ConfigUsageStats singleton.

  • With ConfigUsageStats.getUsageInfo() also a textual representation of the usage statistics can be obtained, as illustrated below (a snipped from the current test output):

Apache Tamaya Configuration Usage Metrics
DATE: Sat Apr 30 21:51:09 CEST 2016

220    <<all>>:
  - 220   <unknown/filtered/internal>                       , first=Sat Apr 30 21:51:09 CEST 2016, last=Sat Apr 30 21:51:09 CEST 2016
3      java.version:
  - 2     test.model.TestConfigAccessor#readProperty(line:43), first=Sat Apr 30 21:51:09 CEST 2016, last=Sat Apr 30 21:51:09 CEST 2016
  - 1     <unknown/filtered/internal>                       , first=Sat Apr 30 21:51:09 CEST 2016, last=Sat Apr 30 21:51:09 CEST 2016

Auto-Documentation of Classes with Configuration Injection

A special feature of this module is that it observes ConfigEvent published through Tamaya’as event channel (tamaya-events module). If no metaconfiguration model is found the model manager by default automatically creates models for all injected instances on the fly. In the case of CDI integration this happens typically during deployment time, since CDI initializes during deployment time. Other runtime platforms, such as OSGI, may have rather different behaviour. Nevertheless this means that after your system has been started you should have access to a complete set of ConfigModel instances that automatically document all the classes in your system that consume configuration (through injection).

UsageTracker Module SPI

The ConfigUsageStatsSpi

The methods for managing and tracking of configuration changes are similarly delegated to an implementation of the org.apache.tamaya.model.spi.ConfigUsageStatsSpi SPI. By implementing this SPI and registerting it with the ServiceContext the usage tracking logic can be adapted or replaced.