Tornado Supportedit

Incorporating Elastic APM into your Tornado project only requires a few easy steps.


Install the Elastic APM agent using pip:

$ pip install elastic-apm

or add elastic-apm to your project’s requirements.txt file.


To set up the agent, you need to initialize it with appropriate settings.

The settings are configured either via environment variables, the application’s settings, or as initialization arguments.

You can find a list of all available settings in the Configuration page.

To initialize the agent for your application using environment variables:

import tornado.web
from elasticapm.contrib.tornado import ElasticAPM

app = tornado.web.Application()
apm = ElasticAPM(app)

To configure the agent using ELASTIC_APM in your application’s settings:

import tornado.web
from elasticapm.contrib.tornado import ElasticAPM

app = tornado.web.Application()
app.settings['ELASTIC_APM'] = {
apm = ElasticAPM(app)


Once you have configured the agent, it will automatically track transactions and capture uncaught exceptions within tornado.

Capture an arbitrary exception by calling capture_exception:

    1 / 0
except ZeroDivisionError:

Log a generic message with capture_message:

apm.client.capture_message('hello, world!')

Performance metricsedit

If you’ve followed the instructions above, the agent has installed our instrumentation within the base RequestHandler class in tornado.web. This will measure response times, as well as detailed performance data for all supported technologies.

Due to the fact that asyncio drivers are usually separate from their synchronous counterparts, specific instrumentation is needed for all drivers. The support for asynchronous drivers is currently quite limited.

Ignoring specific routesedit

You can use the TRANSACTIONS_IGNORE_PATTERNS configuration option to ignore specific routes. The list given should be a list of regular expressions which are matched against the transaction name:

app.settings['ELASTIC_APM'] = {
    # ...
    'TRANSACTIONS_IGNORE_PATTERNS': ['^GET SecretHandler', 'MainHandler']
    # ...

This would ignore any requests using the GET SecretHandler route and any requests containing MainHandler.

Supported tornado and Python versionsedit

A list of supported tornado and Python versions can be found on our Supported Technologies page.

Elastic APM only supports asyncio when using Python 3.7+