Viewing a trace at the code level

Viewing the code level of a trace enables you to pinpoint the code behind the recorded instance. App Visibility drills down to the code of the trace. From the Code Level tab of the Trace Details page, you can see data related to request execution, such as the class and method name, return value, method arguments, method execution duration, a complete stack trace of exceptions, and technology-specific data (for example, SQL queries and HTTP request and response headers).

This topic presents the following procedures and feature descriptions:

To view the code section of a trace

  1. For a specific transaction in the Traces page, select Show Trace Details from the action menu.
  2. In the Trace Details page, click the Code Level tab.
    The code section that is relevant to the selected trace is displayed.

The Details pane presents method parameters and details. For exceptions (errors), the complete stack trace is displayed.

If the trace has exceptions, the Exceptions pane is displayed on the left side of the page. To jump to the code section where an exception occurred, select an item in the pane.

Trace code level view with exceptions

Requests Tree and Requests Table

You can view the trace requests in a tree or in a table. In the upper right of the Code Level area, click to see the Requests Table or Requests Tree . The following images are examples of the Request Tree and Requests Table.

Requests Tree

Requests Table

  • Double-click a line item to switch between the tree and the table.
  • Methods with a double arrow signify the root of a sub-tree representing the execution of an asynchronous operation. Transactions can spawn asynchronous operations to perform additional concurrent activities, while the main transaction thread continues its normal execution. The following image shows the initiation and execution of the asynchronous transaction's operation.
  • Methods with an entry or exit point yellow arrow are represented as a node in the Application Flow tab. A link appears in the Details pane. The following image shows the entry or exit point interface elements.

Stack traces for exceeded thresholds

The App Visibility agent does not always recognize methods as interesting before they were invoked, but only after they exceed a defined threshold. Such methods are captured as part of stacks leading to service-level agreement (SLA) breaches, but no details are captured for these methods.

If the instance has latency violations, the full stack trace is shown by default. The methods are displayed in the Code Level views as a distinct node.

Stack trace exceeded threshold node


You can hide the stack trace by clearing Show stack trace for exceeded thresholds check box.

You can adjust stack trace parameters in the Agent Policy file. For details, see Collecting data for stack traces that exceeded thresholds.


In the Request Table , you can filter requests according to a string in the name, or according to the request duration.

To filter according to a matching string

  1. From the Method Call column, select Matching or Not matching.
  2. Enter all or part of a string.

    You can use the following wildcards:

    • * represents all single characters or any string.
    • ? represents exactly one character.

Only the matching results are displayed.

To filter according to duration

  1. From the Duration column, select a symbol from the list (>, <, =).
  2. Enter a whole number.

Only the matching results are displayed.


In the Request Tree , search for a string by entering it in the search box, located at the upper right side of the tree. The following image shows the search box on the Code Level tab.

Search box on the Code Level tab

The search results are displayed as bold text in the tree view and in the Details pane. If more than one match is found, you can view each matching result by using the Next and Previous arrows that are next to the search box.

Exporting to HTML

To export data to an HTML file, click Export to HTML. The HTML file contains the structure of the Request Tree and data on the methods, including duration, exception stack trace, level in the tree, and longest duration value. If the Show stack trace for exceeded thresholds option is selected when you export, then the methods in the stack trace are displayed in the HTML file and they are colored gray.

Save the HTML file to any destination folder, and open and view the file in a stand-alone browser or any other viewing software.

Related topics

Analyzing diagnostics data for a trace

Method trimming and stack traces

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