Eclipse Trace Compass 3.2.0

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Trace Compass 3.2.0 is a minor release that ships with the Oxygen.2 update release

This release will be part of Oxygen.2.


API Certification: 

The project leadership certifies that the APIs in this release are "Eclipse Quality".

Architectural Issues: 

The release is a small increment of our previous 3.1.0/Oxygen.1 update release. 

There are no architectural changes for the core framework.

It is now possible to add tracing nature to any Eclipse Project. The project explorer will show a Trace Compass folder underneath the configured project.

Security Issues: 

There are no security issues.

Non-Code Aspects: 

Trace Compass documentation is kept up-to-date for added and changed features. The developer and user guides are available as Eclipse help plug-ins and are part of the installable features. The latest released versions are also available on the Eclipse Foundation's web page.

End of Life: 

We have no end-of-life issues to discuss at this time.

A few API has been deprecated. New APIs have been added for later replacement. They will be removed for the 4.0 release for Photon.


Trace Compass comes with multipe built-in trace parsers for the following standard:

  • Common Trace Format (CTF) - v1.8.2

    • Linux LTTng kernel traces

    • Linux LTTng-UST userspace traces which can come from proprietary software or open source eg. Mir, MariaDB, QEMU traces

    • Other traces in CTF, e.g. Linux Perf traces (CTF), Bare metal traces (CTF), Hardware traces (e.g. IEEE Nexus 5001 CTF conversion).

  • GDB traces for debugging

  • Best Trace Format for OSEK

  • The libpcap (PAcket CAPture) format, for network traces

Trace Compass provides a remote tracer control for LTTng Kernel and UST Tracers for configuring of trace sessions. It supports the MI versions 2.0 and 3.0.

For the integration of the command-line analysis Trace Compass is able to consume analysis results specified by the LTTng Analysis Machine Interface.

  • 9 active committers from 3 different organizations

  • Trace Compass can be setup using Oomph.

  • User interaction via Bugzilla, IRC chat (#tracecompass) and mailing list (

  • Bugzilla has been used for planning and bug tracking

  • Centralized update site and download page for the standalone RCP

  • Strong relationship with the LTTng project. Project members interact with this community via mailing list (

  • Trace Compass is part of the Eclipse C/C++ EPP. One committer is also committer in CDT.

  • Trace Compass has been the preferred Trace Analysis Tool for students as part of the trace research projects with the Polytechnique Montreal university. Many new features and enhancements for Trace Compass have been a direct outcome of  the reseach projects. See below for a link to the current active research track:

  • Trace Compass has been presented the trace visualization at Linux Plumbers Conference 13-15 September 2017. See below the link below for further information:

  • Trace Compass was part of the following talk at LISA17 | USENIX Conference, October 29 - November 3 2017.