Go installation instructions

Use the installation instructions below if you're installing Helios in a standard Go service.

The first step when instrumenting your Go service is to configure a trace provider, so that traces are sent to the Helios backend.

Since instrumentation in Go cannot be done automatically, you have to manually create and set a tracer provider that creates spans containing the token provided by Helios, and sends these spans to the Helios collector. Start by installing the OpenTelemetry dependencies - From your project's root directory run:

go get github.com/helios/go-sdk

Now you can define the trace provider by using:

import (

sdk.Initialize("your-service-name-goes-here","YOUR HELIOS TOKEN GOES HERE");


Nice job - trace provider is all set

Make sure to follow the specific package installation instructions in order to complete the instrumentation properly.

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