In this doc, we will show how to build your own plugin for VizTracer.

Every plugin should inherit VizPluginBase from viztracer.vizplugin

class VizPluginBase(self)

the string for the latest version of viztracer supported to have API compatibility

Return type:


You must have this method overloaded and return the version, otherwise viztracer will raise an exception

def support_version(self):
    return "0.11.0"
message(self, m_type, payload)
  • m_type (str) – type of message

  • payload (dict) – a very flexible payload with the message


the corresponding return value. Could be an action, or a respond.

Return type:


As of now, message() only supports two kinds of m_type - "event" and "command".

"event" has a payload that has key "when", to indicate when the event happens.

"when" could be initialize, pre-start, post-stop or pre-save.

When "event" type message is received, the plugin can return an action, with key "action" set to the action it needs. For now the only one supported is "handle_data", with which you also needs to provide a data handler "handler"

return {} if you don’t want to do anything

"command" has a payload that has key "cmd_type", to indicate what VizTracer expects the plugin to do.

"cmd_type" could only be "terminate" for now. "terminate" command is guaranteed before viztracer exits when commandline interface is used. However, if you are using viztracer inline, you will have to explicitly run tracer.terminate() unless you are using with VizTracer().

When "command" type message is received, the plugin has to return a dict like {"success": True} to inform VizTracer that the plugin received the command and did what it asked.

Possible Actions

This sections lists all the possible actions you can take after you received an event. You should return {"action": "the action name" ...} with specific payload for each action


When you want to modify the data, which is a common way to change the result viztracer has, you need to use "handle_data" action.

You should return {"action": "handle_data", "handler": my_handler} where my_handler should be a function with a prototype def my_handler(data). VizTracer will call this handler to modify the original data before it saves the report

Make Your Plugin Accessible

You will also need a magic function defined to enable VizTracer to load your plugins from command line. The function has to be named `get_vizplugin(arg)`, which will return an instance of your plugin object based on the arg given when it’s called. You also need to put this function in the module that you want your use to use on command line.

For example, if I want my user to use my plugin as viztracer --plugins vizplugins --, I should put get_vizplugin() function in vizplugins/ Or if I want them to use as viztracer --plugins vizplugins.cpu_usage --, I should put the function in vizplugins/

Be aware that arg is an unparsed string like “vizplugins.cpu_time f 100”. You can split it yourself and parse it the way you like. Or you can specify something special for your own plugin