Query tags are name-value pairs embedded in query comments. This gives you the flexibility to define arbitrary groupings in your application. Please note though it does not act like a filter to show specific queries which have that tag; the intent of query tags is to show performance by tag. Also note that query tags are currently only available with the On-Host configuration.
For example, suppose you’re considering allocating a dedicated database server to
interact exclusively with requests coming from your mobile app, as you suspect
traffic coming from it to be significant. You might create a query tag called
app, with an application name as the value, to rank applications by the workload
they send to the database and thus be able to differentiate them.
You may alter your queries to include the tag embedded in a comment to identify
it’s source. Let’s say we would like to differentiate queries coming from the
mobile-dedicated infrastructure, which we’ll tag as
app=mobile, from the ones
originating from other sources, which we’ll simply tag as
exact syntax for query comments is database specific: MySQL and PostgreSQL
implement nested block comments while MongoDB employs a $comment meta-operator.
The table below illustrates our example for each of those databases:
Once you have your tags in place you can visit the Profiler page and set it to rank by “Query Tags”. On the “filter by” section set app in the “Tag Name” field and mobile (or desktop) in the “Tag Value” field, then press “Apply”. The result should be similar to the images below:
The default delimiters for query tags are
= and a space, but this is
configurable through the
tag-delimiters agent option: you can use a
different 2-character string for representing the delimiters between
name-value pairs and tags, respectively. In case you need, there’s also
tag-blacklist agent option, a comma-separated list of tags to be
Please note that both MySQL and PostgreSQL command line tools will strip comments.
If you are looking at testing this functionality you will need to use a different
client to the native ones (or, in the case of MySQL, use option
to prevent the client to discard comments and send them to the server with the