Let's get started

  1. Install the Polaris JavaScript SDK.
  2. Connect your application to Polaris.
  3. Instrument your app to send measurements to Polaris.
  4. Create indicators of performance and reliability.
  5. Create goal-based objectives.
  6. Configure webhooks to receive notifications when objective thresholds are exceeded.

Install the Polaris JavaScript SDK

System requirements:

  • Node.js 18 or later
  • macOS, Windows (including WSL), and Linux are supported.
npm i -S @getpolaris.ai/sdk

Configure the SDK

To configure the SDK, you will need your app’s API Key. You can find the API Key by going to your app in Polaris and clicking on Settings.

import { createConnection } from '@getpolaris.ai/sdk';

createConnection({ apiKey: API_KEY }).catch(console.error);

Instrument your app

Next, instrument your application to measure performance and reliability.

import { getInstrument } from '@getpolaris.ai/sdk';

const instrument = getInstrument('auth');

function onClick() {
  return authenticate()
    .then(() => instrument.done())
    .catch((error) => instrument.fail(error));

Create an indicator

An indicator is a metric that you want to track. For example, you might want to track the success/failure rate of an API request. Or, you might want to track core web vitals for your web application.

Core Web Vitals

Note: Core web vitals measurements are automatically sent to Polaris once you connect your application to Polaris.

To create an indicator, navigate to the application indicators page and click the Create Indicator button.

Create Indicator

Next, specify a name for the indicator.

Naming Convention

Note: You can use a forward slash (/) to create a hierarchy of indicators.

Indicator Name

Next, choose the indicator window.

Indicator Window

Next, choose the indicator operation.

  • Average: The average value of all measurements in the window.
  • Rate: The error rate of all measurements in the window.
  • Count: The number of measurements in the window.

Finally, we filter all measurements that our application is sending to Polaris using a simple predicate function. In this example, we'll filter all measurements with the eventName of lcp.

function main(measurement) {
  return measurement.eventName === 'lcp';
Indicator Predicate Function

Create an objective

To create an objective, navigate to the application objectives page and click the Create Objective button.

Create Objective

Next, specify a name for the objective.

Objective Name

Next, choose the indicator we just created.

Objective Indicator

Next, choose the appropriate threshold for the objective.

Objective Threshold

Finally, choose the percentile for the objective.

Objective Percentile


Configure one or more webhooks to be notified when an objective state changes.


The webhook is a POST request to the URL you specify. The body of the request is a JSON object with the following structure:

  "event": "ObjectiveStateChange",
  "objective": {
    "id": "2WeUJuj8uImopO9qhgbTZxhuDGM",
    "appId": "2WfoQifyOYe6wmM6fAwFLZvlxep";
    "name": "Auth / Login / Acceptible";
    "state": "FAILING";
    "stateLastUpdated": "2023-12-10T14:16:05.755Z",
    "createdAt": "2023-01-01T00:00:00Z",
    "updatedAd": "2023-01-01T00:00:00Z"
  "state": "FAILING",
  "app": {
    "id": "app-id",
    "name": "app-name",
    "description": "app-description"
  "indicator": {
    "id": "2WeUJuj8uImopO9qhgbTZxhuDGM",
    "appId": "indicator-name",
    "name": "Auth / Login"
    "window": "LAST_HOUR"
    "operation": "AVERATE"
    "createdAt": "2023-01-01T00:00:00Z",
    "updatedAd": "2023-01-01T00:00:00Z"

What's next?

Congrats - you're now streaming real-time measurements into Polaris, you have established indicators of performance and reliability and the objectives that you and your team desire to achieve. 🎉

Learn more about creating measurements in Polaris