Enabling the agent with code - Amazon CodeGuru Profiler

Enabling the agent with code

You can enable the Amazon CodeGuru Profiler agent in your application by adding code inside the startup routine of your application.

In addition to adding code, you also need to add a dependency to the agent library in your build steps. For this you can use a package manager such as Maven or Gradle.


To include the agent in your application, you need to tell your build system how to access the agent library. You can do this manually by adding a dependency in your Maven or Gradle configuration files.


To add a dependency to the agent, add the following sections to your pom.xml file. if you already have a repositories or dependencies element in your POM, add the individual repositories or dependencies elements inside the existing outer elements.

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd"> ... <repositories> <repository> <id>codeguru-profiler</id> <name>codeguru-profiler</name> <url>https://d1osg35nybn3tt.cloudfront.net</url> </repository> </repositories> ... <dependencies> <dependency> <groupId>com.amazonaws</groupId> <artifactId>codeguru-profiler-java-agent</artifactId> <version>1.2.1</version> </dependency> </dependencies> ... </project>

For more information about configuring repositories in Maven, see Setting up Multiple Repositories in the Maven documentation.


To add a dependency to the agent, add the following sections to your Gradle file. If you already have a repositories or dependencies element in your Gradle file, add the individual subelements into the existing outer elements.

repositories { maven { url = uri("https://d1osg35nybn3tt.cloudfront.net") } } dependencies { implementation("com.amazonaws:codeguru-profiler-java-agent:1.2.1") }

For more information about creating a custom Gradle repository, see Declaring a custom repository by URL. For examples, see examples 18 and 19 in Supported repository transport protocols.


You can configure the agent by using explicit API calls to the Profiler.Builder class. The following table shows the available options.

The profiling group name is required to start the CodeGuru Profiler agent. The CodeGuru Profiler heap summary shows your application's heap usage over time. For more information on the heap summary, see Understanding the heap summary.

Type API call

Profiling group name (required)


AWS Credentials Provider




Heap summary data collection (optional)


The following is an example of command line API calls.

Profiler.builder() .profilingGroupName(“MyProfilingGroup”) .withHeapSummary(true) // optional - to start without heap profiling, set to false or remove line
 .build() .start();

We recommend that you configure and start the agent inside the startup or main function. The following example shows how to add the configuration to the main function.

import software.amazon.codeguruprofilerjavaagent.Profiler; class MyApplication { public static void main(String[] args) { Profiler.builder() .profilingGroupName("MyProfilingGroup") .withHeapSummary(true) .build() .start(); ... } }

If you don't have access to a startup or main function, you can add a static initializer to your main class to configure and start the agent. This configures and starts the agent during the first time your application class is used inside the application container, as shown in the following example.

import software.amazon.codeguruprofilerjavaagent.Profiler; class MyClass { static { Profiler.builder() .profilingGroupName("MyProfilingGroup") .build() .start(); } ... }

When your application is running, data is available in the CodeGuru Profiler console. To view your profiling data, choose Profiler in the navigation pane, choose Profiling groups, and then select your profiling group.

After your application has run for more than 15 minutes, data is available for you to visualize. For example, you can use an Overview visualization to identify code paths that are executed frequently. For more information about visualizations, see Working with visualizations.

When your application has run for an hour, the first Recommendations report is available. After the first report, new reports are generated hourly. For more information, see Working with anomalies and recommendation reports.


If you don't want to use the default credentials to run the profiler, you can provide custom credentials by using following code. For more information about custom credentials, see Supplying and Retrieving AWS Credentials.

public static void main(String[] args) { Profiler.builder() .profilingGroupName("MyProfilingGroup") .awsCredentialsProvider(myAwsCredentialsProvider).build().start(); }

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The following topics provide code that you can add to your application to enable the Amazon CodeGuru Profiler agent.