The Lightstep Observability API allows customers to interact with Lightstep Observability programmatically. It exposes a subset of all the operations that are available through the Lightstep Application, as a JSON API.

This is different from the instrumentation APIs by which customers send Span data to Lightstep Observability. For documentation about adding instrumentation, see the OpenTelemetry Quick Start. For details about Microsatellite setup and configuration, see Install and Configure Microsatellites page.