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newrelic.agent.accept_distributed_trace_headers(headers, transport_type='HTTP')
This method is used for accepting the headers used to connect transactions within a distributed trace.


Python agent version or higher.

Distributed tracing must be enabled.


For context on how to use this call, first read its partner API call insert_distributed_trace_headers and Enable distributed tracing with agent APIs.

This call is used to link transactions by parsing the distributed tracing headers generated by insert_distributed_trace_headers.


Parameter Description
dictionary or list
Required. The headers to be accepted. May be provided as an iterable of (header_name, header_value) or as a dictionary.
Optional, defaults to HTTP. The type of transport that sent this payload. Must be one of the following: HTTP, HTTPS, Kafka, JMS, IronMQ, AMQP, Queue, or Other.

Return value(s)

When successful, returns True.

When unsuccessful, returns False. Accepting a payload can fail for several reasons:

  • The current transaction is not enabled.
  • Accept was called outside the scope of a transaction.
  • The payload is empty.
  • Distributed tracing is not enabled.
  • accept_distributed_trace_* was called after a payload had been created and not before.
  • accept_distributed_trace_* was called multiple times in a single transaction.
  • The payload could not be parsed.
  • The payload was sent from an untrusted account.


Accept a distributed trace payload inside a background task

An example of using accept_distributed_trace_payload in a background task:

def handle(request):


Consume from a queue

An example of using accept_distributed_trace_payload and creating a background task for each message:

import newrelic.agent
application = newrelic.agent.register_application(timeout=10.0)

def main(queue):
    for message in queue.consume():
        with newrelic.agent.BackgroundTask(application, 'Queue Consume'):

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