Standalone Aspire dashboard sample app

View telemetry from any app in the Aspire dashboard. The dashboard supports running standalone, and apps configured with an OpenTelemetry SDK can send it data.

This sample is a .NET console app that downloads data from PokeAPI. The app sends telemetry to the Aspire dashboard which is viewed in the dashboard telemetry UI.

Screenshot of the standalone .NET Aspire dashboard


PokeAPI is a free, open-source RESTful API that is not owned by Microsoft.


  • How to run the Aspire dashboard from a Docker container
  • How to configure a .NET app to export telemetry to the dashboard
  • How to view telemetry in the Aspire dashboard

Sample prerequisites

This sample is written in C# and targets .NET 8.0. It requires the .NET 8.0 SDK or later.

This sample runs the Aspire dashboard from a Docker container. It requires Docker to be installed.

Start Aspire dashboard

The following command starts the Aspire dashboard in a Docker container:

docker run --rm -it -p 18888:18888 -p 4317:18889 -d --name aspire-dashboard

The docker command:

  • Starts a container from the image.
  • The container has two ports:
    • Port 4317 receives OpenTelemetry data from apps. Apps send data using OpenTelemetry Protocol (OTLP).
    • Port 18888 has the dashboard UI. Navigate to http://localhost:18888 in the browser to view the dashboard.


The dashboard currently only supports the OTLP/gRPC protocol. Apps sending telemetry to the dashboard must be configured to use the grpc protocol. There are a couple of options for configuring apps:

Building the sample

To download and run the sample, follow these steps:

  1. Clone the dotnet/aspire-samples repository.
  2. In Visual Studio (2022 or later):
    1. On the menu bar, choose File > Open > Project/Solution.
    2. Navigate to the folder that holds the sample code, and open the solution (.sln) file.
    3. Choose the F5 key to run with debugging, or Ctrl+F5 keys to run the project without debugging.
  3. From the command line:
    1. Navigate to the folder that holds the sample code.
    2. At the command line, type dotnet run.

Run the .NET app by executing the following at the command prompt (opened to the base directory of the sample):

dotnet run --project ConsoleApp
  1. The console app launches, downloads information about all Pokemon and then exits.
  2. View the Aspire dashboard at http://localhost:18888 to see app telemetry.
    1. View structured logs to see the list of downloaded Pokemon.
    2. View traces to see HTTP requests made.
    3. View metrics to see numeric data about the app such as average HTTP request duration.

Configure OpenTelemetry

The telemetry export endpoint is configured with the OTEL_EXPORTER_OTLP_ENDPOINT setting. This value is set to http://localhost:4317 in the sample's appsettings.json file. Removing the OTEL_EXPORTER_OTLP_ENDPOINT value disables exporting telemetry.