The events ping


The events ping's purpose is to transport all of the event metric information. If the application crashes, an events ping is generated next time the application starts with events that were not sent before the crash.

Platform availability

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events ping


The events ping is collected under the following circumstances:

  1. Normally, it is collected when the application becomes inactive (on mobile, this means going to background), if there are any recorded events to send.

  2. When the queue of events exceeds Glean.configuration.maxEvents (default 500).

  3. If there are any unsent events found on disk when starting the application. It would be impossible to coordinate the timestamps across a reboot, so it's best to just collect all events from the previous run into their own ping, and start over.

All of these cases are handled automatically, with no intervention or configuration required by the application.

Python and Glean.js caveats

Since the Python bindings don't have a concept of "going to background", case (1) above does not apply.


At the top-level, this ping contains the following keys:

  • ping_info: The information common to all pings.

  • events: An array of all of the events that have occurred since the last time the events ping was sent.

Each entry in the events array is an object with the following properties:

  • "timestamp": The milliseconds relative to the first event in the ping.

  • "category": The category of the event, as defined by its location in the metrics.yaml file.

  • "name": The name of the event, as defined in the metrics.yaml file.

  • "extra" (optional): A mapping of strings to strings providing additional data about the event. The keys are restricted to 40 characters and values in this map will never exceed 100 characters.

Example event JSON

  "ping_info": {
    "experiments": {
      "third_party_library": {
        "branch": "enabled"
    "seq": 0,
    "start_time": "2019-03-29T09:50-04:00",
    "end_time": "2019-03-29T10:02-04:00"
  "client_info": {
    "telemetry_sdk_build": "0.49.0",
    "first_run_date": "2019-03-29-04:00",
    "os": "Android",
    "android_sdk_version": "27",
    "os_version": "8.1.0",
    "device_manufacturer": "Google",
    "device_model": "Android SDK built for x86",
    "architecture": "x86",
    "app_build": "1",
    "app_display_version": "1.0",
    "client_id": "35dab852-74db-43f4-8aa0-88884211e545"
  "events": [
      "timestamp": 123456789,
      "category": "examples",
      "name": "event_example",
      "extra": {
        "metadata1": "extra",
        "metadata2": "more_extra"
      "timestamp": 123456791,
      "category": "examples",
      "name": "event_example"