Custom pings

Applications can define metrics that are sent in custom pings. Unlike the built-in pings, custom pings are sent explicitly by the application.

Defining a custom ping

Custom pings must be defined in a pings.yaml file, which is in the same directory alongside your app's metrics.yaml file.

Each ping has the following parameters:

  • include_client_id (required): A boolean indicating whether to include the client_id in the client_info section).
  • send_if_empty (optional, default: false): A boolean indicating if the ping is sent if it contains no metric data.

In addition to these parameters, pings also support the parameters related to data review and expiration defined in common metric parameters: description, notification_emails, bugs, and data_reviews.

For example, to define a custom ping called search specifically for search information:

# Required to indicate this is a `pings.yaml` file
$schema: moz://

  description: >
    A ping to record search data.
  include_client_id: false
    - 123456789

Note: the names baseline, metrics, events and all_pings are reserved and may not be used as the name of a custom ping.

Loading custom ping metadata into your application or library

The Glean SDK build generates code from pings.yaml in a Pings object, which must be instantiated so Glean can send pings by name.

In Kotlin, this object must be registered with Glean from your startup code (such as in your application's onCreate method or a function called from that method).

import org.mozilla.yourApplication.GleanMetrics.Pings


override fun onCreate() {

For Python, the pings.yaml file must be available and loaded at runtime.

If your project is a script (i.e. just Python files in a directory), you can load the pings.yaml using:

from glean import load_pings

pings = load_pings("pings.yaml")

If your project is a distributable Python package, you need to include the metrics.yaml file using one of the myriad ways to include data in a Python package and then use package_resources.resource_filename() to get the filename at runtime.

from glean import load_pings
from package_resources import resource_filename

pings = load_pings(resource_filename(__name__, "pings.yaml"))

Sending metrics in a custom ping

To send a metric on a custom ping, you add the custom ping's name to the send_in_pings parameter in the metrics.yaml file.

For example, to define a new metric to record the default search engine, which is sent in a custom ping called search, put search in the send_in_pings parameter. Note that it is an error to specify a ping in send_in_pings that does not also have an entry in pings.yaml.

    type: string
    description: >
      The name of the default search engine.
      - search

If this metric should also be sent in the default ping for the given metric type, you can add the special value default to send_in_pings:

      - search
      - default

Sending a custom ping

To send a custom ping, call the send method on the PingType object that the Glean SDK generated for your ping.

For example, to send the custom ping defined above:

import org.mozilla.yourApplication.GleanMetrics.Pings
from glean import load_pings

pings = load_pings("pings.yaml")

If none of the metrics for the ping contain data the ping is not sent (unless send_if_empty is set to true in the definition file)