BoomNotifier

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This package allows your Phoenix application to send notifications whenever an exceptions is raised. By default it includes an email and a webhook notifier, but you can implement your custom ones.

It was inspired by the ExceptionNotification gem that provides a similar functionality for Rack/Rails applications.

You can read the full documentation at https://hexdocs.pm/boom_notifier.

Installation

The package can be installed by adding boom_notifier to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

def deps do
  [
    {:boom_notifier, "~> 0.3.0"}
  ]
end

How to use it

Webkook notifier

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    notifier: BoomNotifier.WebhookNotifier,
    options: [
      url: "http://example.com"
    ]

  # ...

To configure it, you need to set the url in the options keyword list. A POST request with a json will be made to that webhook when an error ocurrs with the relevant information.

Email notifier

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
      notifier: BoomNotifier.MailNotifier,
      options: [
        mailer: YourApp.Mailer,
        from: "me@example.com",
        to: "foo@example.com",
        subject: "BOOM error caught"
      ]

  # ...

For the email to be sent, you need to define a valid mailer in the options keyword list. You can customize the from, to and subject attributes.

Custom notifiers

To create a custom notifier, you need to implement the BoomNotifier.Notifier behaviour:

@callback notify(list(%ErrorInfo{}), keyword(String.t())) :: no_return()
defmodule CustomNotifier do
  @behaviour BoomNotifier.Notifier

  @impl BoomNotifier.Notifier
  def notify(errors, options) do
    # ...
    # ...
    # ...
  end
defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    notifier: CustomNotifier,
    options: [
      # ...
    ]

You can also implement an optional callback validate_config that receives the options keyword list set in the notifier so the user can be warned during compilation if the attributes are not correct.

@callback validate_config(keyword(String.t())) :: :ok | {:error, String.t()}

Multiple notifiers

BoomNotifier also supports a list of multiple notifiers like in the example below:

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    notifiers: [
      [
        notifier: BoomNotifier.WebhookNotifier,
        options: [
          url: "http://example.com",
        ]
      ],
      [
        notifier: CustomNotifier,
        options: # ...
      ]
    ]

Notification Trigger

By default, BoomNotifier will send a notification every time an exception is raised.

However, there are different strategies to decide when to send the notifications using the :notification_trigger option with one of the following values: :always and :exponential.

Always

This option is the default one. It will trigger a notification for every exception.

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    notification_trigger: :always,
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]

Exponential

It uses a formula of log2(errors_count) to determine whether to send a notification, based on the accumulated error count for each specific exception. This makes the notifier only send a notification when the count is: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, ..., (2**n).

You can also set an optional max value.

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    notification_trigger: :exponential,
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]
defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    notification_trigger: [exponential: limit: 100]
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]

Custom data or Metadata

By default, BoomNotifier will not include any custom data from your requests.

However, there are different strategies to decide which information do you want to include in the notifications using the :custom_data option with one of the following values: :assigns, :logger or both.

The included information will show up in your notification, in a new section titled "Metadata".

Assigns

This option will include the data that is in the connection assigns field.

You can also specify the fields you want to retrieve from conn.assigns.

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    custom_data: :assigns,
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]
defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    custom_data: [assigns: [fields: [:current_user, :session_data]]],
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]

Example of adding custom data to the connection:

assign(conn, :name, "John")

Logger

This option will include the data that is in the Logger metadata field.

You can also specify the fields you want to retrieve from Logger.metadata().

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    custom_data: :logger,
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]
defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    custom_data: [logger: [fields: [:request_id, :current_user]]],
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]

Example of adding custom data to the logger:

Logger.metadata(name: "John")

Using both

You can do any combination of the above settings to include data from both sources. The names of the fields are independent for each source, they will appear under the source namespace.

defmodule YourApp.Router do
  use Phoenix.Router

  use BoomNotifier,
    custom_data: [
      [assigns: [fields: [:current_user]]],
      [logger: [fields: [:request_id, :current_user]]]
    ],
    notifiers: [
      # ...
    ]

License

BoomNotifier is released under the terms of the MIT License.

Credits

The authors of this project are Ignacio and Jorge. It is sponsored and maintained by Wyeworks.