Set up the Agentedit

There are three different ways to set up the Elastic APM Java Agent:

  1. Manual setup with -javaagent flag
    Manually set up and configure the agent with the -javaagent JVM flag.
  2. Automatic setup with apm-agent-attach-cli.jar
    Automatically set up the agent without needing to alter the configuration of your application server.
  3. Programmatic API setup to self-attach
    Use the apm-agent-attach artifact and the attach API to set up the agent.


Once you’ve set up the Agent, see the configuration guide on how to configure Elastic APM.

SSL/TLS communication with APM Serveredit

If SSL/TLS communication is enabled on the APM Server, make sure to check out the SSL setup guide.

Monitoring AWS Lambda Functions (Experimental)edit

Learn how to set up AWS Lambda functions tracing in our Lambda setup guide.

Supported technologiesedit

Please check supported technologies for details on if the Elastic APM agent supports auto-instrumentation of the technologies your application is using.