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The Official Sentry Client for Elixir which provides a simple API to capture exceptions, automatically handle Plug Exceptions and provides a backend for the Elixir Logger.


Note on upgrading from Sentry 6.x to 7.x

Elixir 1.7 and Erlang/OTP 21 significantly changed how errors are transmitted (See "Erlang/OTP logger integration" here). Sentry integrated heavily with Erlang's :error_logger module, but it is no longer the suggested path towards handling errors.

Sentry 7.x requires Elixir 1.7 and Sentry 6.x will be maintained for applications running prior versions. Documentation for Sentry 6.x can be found here.

If you would like to upgrade a project to use Sentry 7.x, see here.


To use Sentry with your projects, edit your mix.exs file and add it as a dependency. Sentry does not install a JSON library itself, and requires users to have one available. Sentry will default to trying to use Jason for JSON operations, but can be configured to use other ones.

defp deps do
    # ...
    {:sentry, "~> 7.0"},
    {:jason, "~> 1.1"},

Setup with Plug or Phoenix

In your Plug.Router or Phoenix.Router, add the following lines:

use Plug.ErrorHandler
use Sentry.Plug

If you are using Phoenix, you can also include Sentry.Phoenix.Endpoint in your Endpoint. This module captures errors occurring in the Phoenix pipeline before the request reaches the Router:

use Phoenix.Endpoint, otp_app: :my_app
use Sentry.Phoenix.Endpoint

More information on why this may be necessary can be found here: and

Capture Crashed Process Exceptions

This library comes with an extension to capture all error messages that the Plug handler might not. This is based on Logger.Backend.

To set this up, add {:ok, _} = Logger.add_backend(Sentry.LoggerBackend) to your application's start function. Example:

def start(_type, _opts) do
  children = [
    supervisor(MyApp.Repo, []),
    supervisor(MyAppWeb.Endpoint, [])

  opts = [strategy: :one_for_one, name: MyApp.Supervisor]

  {:ok, _} = Logger.add_backend(Sentry.LoggerBackend)

  Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

Capture Arbitrary Exceptions

Sometimes you want to capture specific exceptions. To do so, use Sentry.capture_exception/2.

try do
  my_exception ->
    Sentry.capture_exception(my_exception, [stacktrace: __STACKTRACE__, extra: %{extra: information}])

Capture Non-Exception Events

Sometimes you want to capture messages that are not Exceptions.

    Sentry.capture_message("custom_event_name", extra: %{extra: information})

For optional settings check the docs.


included_environmentsFalse[:test, :dev, :prod]If you need non-standard mix env names you need to include it here
clientFalseSentry.ClientIf you need different functionality for the HTTP client, you can define your own module that implements the Sentry.HTTPClient behaviour and set client to that module
hackney_optsFalse[pool: :sentry_pool]
report_depsFalseTrueWill attempt to load Mix dependencies at compile time to report alongside events
root_source_code_pathRequired if enable_source_code_context is enabledShould generally be set to File.cwd()!
source_code_exclude_patternsFalse[~r"/_build/", ~r"/deps/", ~r"/priv/"]
filterFalseModule where the filter rules are defined (see Filtering Exceptions)
log_levelFalse:warnThis sets the log level used when Sentry fails to send an event due to an invalid event or API error.

An example production config might look like this:

config :sentry,
  dsn: "",
  environment_name: :prod,
  included_environments: [:prod],
  enable_source_code_context: true,
  root_source_code_path: File.cwd()!,
  tags: %{
    env: "production"
  hackney_opts: [pool: :my_pool],
  in_app_module_whitelist: [MyApp]

The environment_name and included_environments work together to determine if and when Sentry should record exceptions. The environment_name is the name of the current environment. In the example above, we have explicitly set the environment to :prod which works well if you are inside an environment specific configuration like config/prod.exs.

Alternatively, you could use Mix.env in your general configuration file:

config :sentry, dsn: "",
  included_environments: [:prod],
  environment_name: Mix.env

You can even rely on more custom determinations of the environment name. It's not uncommon for most applications to have a "staging" environment. In order to handle this without adding an additional Mix environment, you can set an environment variable that determines the release level.

config :sentry, dsn: "",
  included_environments: ~w(production staging),
  environment_name: System.get_env("RELEASE_LEVEL") || "development"

In this example, we are getting the environment name from the RELEASE_LEVEL environment variable. If that variable does not exist, we default to "development". Now, on our servers, we can set the environment variable appropriately. On our local development machines, exceptions will never be sent, because the default value is not in the list of included_environments.

Sentry uses the hackney HTTP client for HTTP requests. Sentry starts its own hackney pool named :sentry_pool with a default connection pool of 50, and a connection timeout of 5000 milliseconds. The pool can be configured with the hackney_pool_max_connections and hackney_pool_timeout configuration keys. If you need to set other hackney configurations for things like a proxy, using your own pool or response timeouts, the hackney_opts configuration is passed directly to hackney for each request.

Context and Breadcrumbs

Sentry has multiple options for including contextual information. They are organized into "Tags", "User", and "Extra", and Sentry's documentation on them is here. Breadcrumbs are a similar concept and Sentry's documentation covers them here.

In Elixir this can be complicated due to processes being isolated from one another. Tags context can be set globally through configuration, and all contexts can be set within a process, and on individual events. If an event is sent within a process that has some context configured it will include that context in the event. Examples of each are below, and for more information see the documentation of Sentry.Context.

# Global Tags context via configuration:

config :sentry,
  tags: %{my_app_version: "14.30.10"}
  # ...

# Process-based Context
Sentry.Context.set_extra_context(%{day_of_week: "Friday"})
Sentry.Context.set_user_context(%{id: 24, username: "user_username", has_subscription: true})
Sentry.Context.set_tags_context(%{locale: "en-us"})
Sentry.Context.add_breadcrumb(%{category: "web.request"})

# Event-based Context
Sentry.capture_exception(exception, [tags: %{locale: "en-us", }, user: %{id: 34},
  extra: %{day_of_week: "Friday"}, breadcrumbs: [%{timestamp: 1461185753845, category: "web.request"}]]


By default, Sentry aggregates reported events according to the attributes of the event, but users may need to override this functionality via fingerprinting.

To achieve that in Sentry Elixir, one can use the before_send_event configuration callback. If there are certain types of errors you would like to have grouped differently, they can be matched on in the callback, and have the fingerprint attribute changed before the event is sent. An example configuration and implementation could look like:

# lib/sentry.ex
defmodule MyApp.Sentry
  def before_send(%{exception: [%{type: DBConnection.ConnectionError}]} = event) do
    %{event | fingerprint: ["ecto", "db_connection", "timeout"]}

  def before_send(event) do

# config.exs
config :sentry,
  before_send_event: {MyApp.Sentry, :before_send},
  # ...

Reporting Exceptions with Source Code

Sentry's server supports showing the source code that caused an error, but depending on deployment, the source code for an application is not guaranteed to be available while it is running. To work around this, the Sentry library reads and stores the source code at compile time. This has some unfortunate implications. If a file is changed, and Sentry is not recompiled, it will still report old source code.

The best way to ensure source code is up to date is to recompile Sentry itself via mix deps.compile sentry --force. It's possible to create a Mix Task alias in mix.exs to do this. The example below would allow one to run mix sentry_recompile which will force recompilation of Sentry so it has the newest source and then compile the project:

# mix.exs
defp aliases do
  [sentry_recompile: ["deps.compile sentry --force", "compile"]]

For more documentation, see Sentry.Sources.

Testing Your Configuration

To ensure you've set up your configuration correctly we recommend running the included mix task. It can be tested on different Mix environments and will tell you if it is not currently configured to send events in that environment:

$ MIX_ENV=dev mix sentry.send_test_event
Client configuration:
public_key: public
secret_key: secret
included_environments: [:prod]
current environment_name: :dev

:dev is not in [:prod] so no test event will be sent

$ MIX_ENV=prod mix sentry.send_test_event
Client configuration:
public_key: public
secret_key: secret
included_environments: [:prod]
current environment_name: :prod

Sending test event!

Testing with Sentry

In some cases, users may want to test that certain actions in their application cause a report to be sent to Sentry. Sentry itself does this by using Bypass. It is important to note that when modifying the environment configuration the test case should not be run asynchronously. Not returning the environment configuration to its original state could also affect other tests depending on how the Sentry configuration interacts with them.


test "add/2 does not raise but sends an event to Sentry when given bad input" do
  bypass =

  Bypass.expect(bypass, fn conn ->
    {:ok, _body, conn} = Plug.Conn.read_body(conn)
    Plug.Conn.resp(conn, 200, ~s<{"id": "340"}>)

  Application.put_env(:sentry, :dsn, "http://public:secret@localhost:#{bypass.port}/1")
  MyModule.add(1, "a")


This project is Licensed under the MIT License.