Honeycomb changelog
Honeycomb changelog

Link to a span in the trace waterfall




You can now link to a specific span within the trace waterfall! We're happy to make it a little easier to share interesting spans, while keeping the context of the trace.

To link to a span, select it in the trace view and copy and paste that URL.

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Visualize using Rate aggregates




We've introduced three new operations -- RATE_MAX, RATE_AVG, and RATE_SUM -- to help you better visualize counter-style data in metric datasets.

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Metric data often contains counters and sums, such as system.cpu.time.user, that are most meaningful when visualized as the rate at which the field is changing. Use Rate operators to clearly chart these metrics.

  • RATE_MAX(<numeric_field_name>): Displays the difference between subsequent field values after applying the MAX operator

  • RATE_AVG(<numeric_field_name>): Displays the difference between subsequent field values after applying the AVG operator

  • RATE_SUM(<numeric_field_name>): Displays the difference between subsequent field values after applying the SUM operator

View our documentation to learn more about using Rate operators in Honeycomb, including how to choose the right query granularity for the best visualization results.

Rate operations are available to all plan types.

Keyboard shortcuts for navigating spans




We've given a little bit of extra love to the trace experience, to make it easier to navigate spans.

You can now:

  • Use arrow keys to quickly navigate between spans in a trace.
  • Use your keyboard to expand and collapse spans. (Select a span, then press Enter to open the menu of options.)

Type ? on the trace page to bring up keyboard hints.

Span errors highlighted by default




It's now easier to see the spans that contain errors in the trace waterfall! Errors that you define under Dataset Settings are highlighted in red by default in the trace view. To toggle off highlighting, navigate to the Settings menu at the top of the trace view.

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Query Data API (Enterprise)




The Query Data API is now generally available to Honeycomb Enterprise customers.

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With this API, you can do things such as:

  • Visualize your data on custom dashboards
  • Analyze your data in an environment like Jupyter Notebooks to glean deep insights
  • Use observability data to automate your continuous delivery systems

To learn about this, check out the announcement blog post.

Secure Tenancy Release 1.10.1




A new version of Secure Tenancy is now available. This release includes bug fixes for:

Honeycomb Metrics

  • Histogram no longer applies StartTimeUnixNano to TimeUnixNano.
  • IsMonotonic is now included in Sum metrics.


  • The RedirectURL configuration value is now used in all appropriate locations.
  • CommitHash includes version info again.

If you are a Secure Tenancy customer, to access the new version of Secure Tenancy:

  1. Log into Honeycomb
  2. Go to Team Settings and click on the Secure Tenancy tab
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page - the new releases are listed there

Please contact support@honeycomb.io if you have any questions

CONCURRENCY Visualization





The new CONCURRENCY visualization lets you figure out how many spans are active at any time. Available on any tracing dataset -- learn more at the docs page.


Burn Alert Form Updates





What's better than sending a burn alert to a single email or Slack channel? Sending it to multiple recipients via email or Slack. Burn alert configurations now accept multiple email or Slack recipients (including both channels and individual users).


Now, an email can be selected from a dropdown list of team members:


Or, a custom email address can be typed directly into the form, followed with Tab or Enter, to add it to the list of recipients.


Slack recipients can either be a channel name, starting with a #, or a user starting with @.


Similar to the email input, a Slack address can be typed in to the box and hitting Tab or Enter will convert it into a recipient.

The "Create Burn Alert" form is accessible by selecting an SLO > "Configure Alerts" > edit a selecting alert or click "New Burn Alert"

All Dataset definitions support Derived Columns





Do you want more flexibility in your Dataset definitions? It’s now possible to include as many Derived Columns as you’d like in your definitions.

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Navigate to Dataset > Schema to define your Derived Column. Then navigate to Dataset > Definitions to associate that value with a field.

Marker filtering





Are your Honeycomb graphs sometimes cluttered with markers? Having trouble finding the marker for a specific deploy or incident? Now you can filter the markers displayed in your graph by marker type or search by name.

To use this new feature, click "Graph Settings" then "Filter Markers" to see the filter form. You can also pull up the form via keyboard shortcut by typing the l key.

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