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Adds Elastic APM instrumentation to your application


New apps

gasket create <app-name> --plugins @gasket/plugin-elastic-apm

Existing apps

npm install @gasket/plugin-elastic-apm elastic-apm-node

Modify plugins section of your gasket.config.js:

module.exports = {
plugins: {
add: [
+ '@gasket/plugin-elastic-apm'

Add a --require flag to a package.json start script:

  "scripts": {
"build": "gasket build",
- "start": "gasket start",
+ "start": "gasket start --require elastic-apm-node/start",
"local": "gasket local"


The start recommendations for the APM agent are to require it as early as possible in your app. For Gasket apps, using --require elastic-apm-node/start will accomplish this. To configure the APM agent, set the environment variables described in the configuration options documentation.

In particular, the APM server URL (ELASTIC_APM_SERVER_URL) and secret token (ELASTIC_APM_SECRET_TOKEN) are both required configuration. If either of these are not present, the APM agent will be disabled.

Plugin Configurations

The Gasket plugin provides some additional setup helpers. These can be configured under elasticAPM in the gasket.config.js.

  • sensitiveCookies - (string[]) A list of sensitive cookies to filter

Filtering Sensitive Cookies

If your application’s users send session credentials or any other sensitive information in their cookies, you may wish to filter them out before they are stored in Elasticsearch. Specify a list of cookie names to redact in gasket.config.js:

module.exports = {
elasticAPM: {
sensitiveCookies: ['my_jwt', 'userFullName']

Custom Start Configurations

For scenarios where you need to configure the start options for the APM agent, you can do so in a custom setup script and require it instead.

For example, add a setup.js script to the root of your app:

// setup.js
// any configuration options

Then adjust your start script to require it instead:

-   "start": "gasket start --require elastic-apm-node/start",
+ "start": "gasket start --require ./setup.js",

Custom Filters

According to the Elastic APM docs, the Elastic APM agent for Node.js is a singleton. This means that you can require and configure singleton in various hooks of your Gasket app, such as with the init or middleware lifecycles.



Enables customizing an APM transaction. Hooks receive the current APM Transaction and details about the request. Hooks may be asynchronous. The request details are as follows:

reqThe HTTP request or framework-specific wrapper around it
resThe HTTP response or framework-specific wrapper around it
// /lifecycles/apm-transaction.js

module.exports = (gasket, transaction, { req, res }) => {
transaction.setLabel('language', req.headers['accept-language']);

How it works

This plugin hooks the Gasket preboot lifecycle from [@gasket/plugin-start] and will set up additional filtering, such as for sensitive cookies. If the preboot hook finds that the APM agent has not yet been started using the recommended --require elastic-apm-node/start, it will start it here. However, you risk not bootstrapping necessary modules with a late start.