Enabling the agent from the command line - Amazon CodeGuru Profiler

Enabling the agent from the command line

The command line option for integrating the CodeGuru Profiler agent is the easiest way to start profiling your application, because it doesn't require recompiling and redeploying your application. Add the appropriate command line options to your JVM-based runtime environment and you’re ready to go.


Download the Amazon CodeGuru Profiler agent .jar file.

Save this to a location that is accessible from your JVM-based application.


The only required configuration option to start the CodeGuru Profiler agent is the profiling group name. You can find this in the Settings section of your profiling group on the CodeGuru Profiler console.

You can use the credential path parameter to have the agent use credentials that are different from the default credentials. The path must point to a valid AWS credentials file. For more information about credentials, see Configuration and credential file settings.

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.

Opt in to heap summary data collection by adding heapSummaryEnabled:true. The following example shows how to enable heap summary collection.


You can specify these options as an environment variable or as a command line option.

Option Environment variable Command line option

Profiling group name (required)



Credential path






Heap summary data collection



Your startup script using environment variables might look like the following.

#!/bin/bash export AWS_CODEGURU_PROFILER_GROUP_NAME=MyProfilingGroup export AWS_CODEGURU_PROFILER_TARGET_REGION=us-west-2 java -javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar -jar MyApplication.jar

Alternatively, you can specify the configuration options by using the command line directly, as follows.

java -javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar=profilingGroupName:MyProfilingGroup,region:us-west-2 -jar MyApplication.jar

The argument string can contain multiple parameters. Separate parameters with a comma (,). Each parameter is a key-value pair.


Your command must either be on one continuous line or a line-continuation option appropriate for your command shell.

Supported runtime environments

Most JVM-based application runtime environments support a mechanism to specify and customize JVM startup parameters to include the CodeGuru Profiler agent in the runtime startup. This section summarizes some of the popular runtime environments that we have verified to support this option.

All the examples assume that you have set the profiling group name with an environment variable: export AWS_CODEGURU_PROFILER_GROUP_NAME=MyProfilingGroupName.


If you start your application using the java command, you can enable the CodeGuru Profiler agent in your application by adding the following -javaagent command line option.

java -javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar -jar MyApplication.jar


If you start your application using the scala command, you can enable the CodeGuru Profiler agent in your application by adding the following -J-javaagent command line option.

scala -J-javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar -jar MyScalaApplication.jar


If you start your application using the Jython command, you can enable the CodeGuru Profiler agent in your application by adding the following -J-javaagent command line option.

jython -J-javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar -jar MyJythonApplication.jar


Enable profiling for ColdFusion applications by adding the -javaagent option to the JVM parameters in the administrator console.

  1. Navigate to your ColdFusion administrator console.

  2. From the left menu, choose SERVER SETTINGS.

  3. From the top bar, choose Java and JVM.

  4. In the JVM Arguments field, add the following -javaagent argument.

  5. Choose Submit changes, then restart your ColdFusion server.


Add the CodeGuru Profiler agent to the Geronimo startup options by adding the -javaagent command line option to the JAVA_OPTS environment variable before starting your Geronimo instance.

export JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar" geronimo run


Add the -javaagent command line option to the SOLR_OPTS variable in your SOLR startup configuration script, /path/to/solr/bin/solr.in.sh, by appending the following lines to it and adjusting them to your environment.

SOLR_OPTS="$SOLR_OPTS -javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar"


Add the -javaagent command line option to the JAVA_HOME environment variable in Tomcat’s startup script, /path/to/tomcat/bin/catalina.sh.

JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar"


  1. Add <jvm-options>-javaagent:~/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar</jvm-options> below the java-config tag.

  2. Start your domain, ./bin/asadmin start-domain domain1.

If you have JDK version 1.8 or later and are running Glassfish version 5.0 or later, you receive the following error.

java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: sun.security.ssl.Handshaker.receiveChangeCipherSpec()


  1. Add the following to /appName/build.groovy.

    tasks.withType(JavaExec) { jvmArgs "-javaagent:/path/to/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar" }
  2. Start the grails run-app application.


  • Append -javaagent:~/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar to the startup script.


  • Append the following to your startup script, and then run the following.

    ./sbt -J-javaagent:~/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar "run 8080"


  • Add the following to your configuration file.


Spring Boot

  • Run the server with the javaagent.

    java -javaagent:~/codeguru-profiler-java-agent-standalone-1.2.3.jar -jar demo-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar

Tanuki Wrapper

  • Add the following code to wrapper.conf.


Websphere Liberty Profile

  • Append the following path to jvm.options.



There is a Spark plugin to profile with CodeGuru Profiler. See A new Spark plugin for CPU and memory profiling.

CodeGuru Profiler supports Spark, but does not have -javaagent support. The agent is part of your .jar package file when you use CodeGuru Profiler in Spark. It doesn't matter if the agent is the worker or the primary as long as your code takes care of starting and stopping the agent when a job begins and ends. If a job is shorter than one minute, the agent won't report recommendations. To provide enough samples per worker, run the agent on long-running jobs. see Enabling the agent with code

Other runtime environments

You can start any Java-based application by using the -javaagent command line option. If your runtime environment or hosting environment uses Java, consult your documentation to see how to customize the startup parameters for Java.