There are different APIs and formats to collect data in Firefox, all suiting different use cases.
In general, we aim to submit data in a common format where possible. This has several advantages; from common code and tooling to sharing analysis know-how.
In cases where this isn’t possible and more flexibility is needed, we can submit custom pings or consider adding different data formats to existing pings.
Note: Every new data collection must go through a data collection review.
The current data collection possibilities include:
Scalars allow recording of a single value (string, boolean, a number)
Histograms can efficiently record multiple data points
environmentdata records information about the system and settings a session occurs in
Events can record richer data on individual occurrences of specific actions
Stack capture allow recording application call stacks
Use counters measure the usage of web platform features
WebExtension API can be used in privileged webextensions
Origin Telemetry Experimental prototype. For use by Content Blocking only for now.