Registering a trace provider

Trace providers must register with the trace manager in order to participate in tracing. Drivers don't have to register as a trace provider since the devhost process does it through

To register a trace provider, you must do the following:

Note: For more information on the Fuchsia tracing system, see Fuchsia tracing system.

Register with the trace manager

To register as a trace provider, you can use the libtrace-provider library to provide an asynchronous loop in your component's code.

Note: For more information on tracing libraries, see Tracing libraries.

For example:

  • {C++}

    Note: This example uses fdio to set up the FIDL channel with Trace Manager. For more information, see fdio.

    #include <lib/async-loop/cpp/loop.h>
    #include <lib/async-loop/default.h>
    #include <lib/trace-provider/provider.h>
    // further includes
    int main(int argc, const char** argv) {
      // process argv
      async::Loop loop(&kAsyncLoopConfigAttachToCurrentThread);
      trace::TraceProviderWithFdio trace_provider(
          loop.dispatcher(), "my_trace_provider");
      // further setup
      return 0;
  • {C }

    #include <lib/async-loop/cpp/loop.h>
    #include <lib/async-loop/default.h>
    #include <lib/trace-provider/provider.h>
    int main(int argc, char** argv) {
      zx_status_t status;
      async_loop_t* loop;
      trace_provider_t* trace_provider;
      // Create a message loop.
      status = async_loop_create(&kAsyncLoopConfigNoAttachToCurrentThread, &loop);
      if (status != ZX_OK) exit(1);
      // Start a thread for the loop to run on.
      // Alternatively, use async_loop_run() to run on the current thread.
      status = async_loop_start_thread(loop, "loop", NULL);
      if (status != ZX_OK) exit(1);
      // Create the trace provider.
      async_dispatcher_t* dispatcher = async_loop_get_dispatcher(loop);
      trace_provider = trace_provider_create(dispatcher);
      if (!trace_provider) exit(1);
      // Do something...
      // Tear down.
      return 0;

Give the trace manager component access

In the component manifest file (a .cmx file) of your component, you must specify that it needs to communicate with the Fuchsia trace manager.

Note: For information on component manifests, see Component Manifests.

To give the trace manager component access, specify fuchsia.tracing.provider.Registry as a “services”. For example:

  • {.cmx file}

        "program": {
            "binary": "bin/app"
        "sandbox": {
            "services": [

Once you have registered your component as a trace provider, you can enable tracing in your code. For more information, see Adding tracing in your code.