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Node.js client for

npm install airbrake

The common use case for this module is to catch all 'uncaughtException' events on the process object and send them to Airbrake:

var airbrake = require('airbrake').createClient("your project ID", "your api key");
throw new Error('I am an uncaught exception');

Please note that the above will re-throw the exception after it has been successfully delivered to Airbrake, causing your process to exit with status 1.

This can optionally be disabled by passing false to handleExceptions:


You probably never want to use this, unless you fully understand the problems with recovering from exceptions.

If you want more control over the delivery of your errors, you can also manually submit errors to Airbrake.

var airbrake = require('airbrake').createClient("your project ID", "your api key");
var err = new Error('Something went terribly wrong');
airbrake.notify(err, function(errurl) {
  if (err) throw err;
  // Error has been delivered, url links to the error in airbrake 

By default only the errors from the production environment will get reported, so make sure to put production in your NODE_ENV.

A custom error handler will need to be set for Express:

Express 4.X

var airbrake = require('airbrake').createClient("your project ID", "your api key");

Express 3.X

var airbrake = require('airbrake').createClient("your project ID", "your api key");

Express 2.X

var airbrake = require('airbrake').createClient("your project ID", "your api key");

This screenshot shows an Airbrake error send from this module:

  • Send chosen environment variables (whitelist or blacklist)
  • Detect and fix circular references in error context information
  • Support for all features of the 2.1 notification API
  • Support for long-stack-traces
  • Optional auto-handler for uncaughtException events
  • Provides notification url linking to Airbrake in notify() callback
  • Timeout Airbrake requests after 30 seconds, you never know

The notify() method automatically adds the following context information to each delivered error:

  • error.class: (err.type string if set, or 'Error')
  • error.message: (err.message string)
  • error.backtrace: (err.stack as parsed by stack-trace)
  • request.url: (err.url, see airbrake.url);
  • request.component: (err.component string if set);
  • request.action: (err.action string if set);
  • request.cgi-data: (process.env, merged all other properties of err)
  • request.params: (err.params object if set)
  • request.session: (err.session object if set)
  • server-environment.project-root: (airbrake.projectRoot string if set)
  • server-environment.environment-name: (airbrake.env string)
  • (`airbrake.appVersion string if set)

You can add additional context information by modifying the error properties listed above:

var airbrake = require('airbrake').createClient("your project ID", "your api key");
var http = require('http');
http.createServer(function(reqres) {
  if (req.headers['X-Secret'] !== 'my secret') {
    var err = new Error('403 - Permission denied');
    err.url = req.url;
    err.params = {ip: req.socket.remoteAddress};

Unfortunately uncaughtException events cannot be traced back to particular requests, so you should still try to handle errors where they occur.

This client supports Airbrake's deployment tracking:

var airbrake = require('airbrake').createClient("your project ID", "your api key");
var deployment = {
  rev: '98103a8fa850d5eaf3666e419d8a0a93e535b1b2',
  repo: '',
airbrake.trackDeployment(deployment, function(errparams) {
  if (err) {
    throw err;
  console.log('Tracked deployment of %s to %s', params.rev, params.env);

Check out the airbrake.trackDeployment() API docs below for a list of all options.

Airbrake.createClient() returns a new Airbrake instance.


  • projectId - Your application's Airbrake project ID.
  • key - Your application's Airbrake API key.
  • env - The name of the server environment this is running in.

Your application's Airbrake project ID.

Your application's Airbrake API key.

The name of the server environment this is running in.

The base url for errors. If err.url is not set, is used instead. If err.url is a relative url starting with '/', it is appended to If err.url is an absolute url, is ignored.

The root directory of this project.

The version of this app. Set to a semantic version number, or leave unset.

The protocol to use.

Do not post to Airbrake when running in these environments.

The timeout after which to give up trying to notify Airbrake in ms.

The HTTP/HTTPS proxy to use when making requests.

Additional request options that are merged with the default set of options that are passed to request during notify() and trackDeployment().

Names of environment variables to send.

Names of environment variables to filter out.

Registers a process.on('uncaughtException') listener. When an uncaught exception occurs, the error is sent to Airbrake, and then re-thrown to kill the process.

A custom error handler that is used with Express. Integrate with Express middleware using app.use().


  • disableUncaughtException: Disables re-throwing and killing process on uncaught exception.

Sends the given err to airbrake.

The callback parameter receives two arguments, err, url. err is set if the delivery to Airbrake failed.

If no cb is given, and the delivery fails, an error event is emitted. If there is no listener for this event, node will kill the process as well. This is done to avoid silent error delivery failure.

Notifies Airbrake about a deployment. params is an object with the following options:

  • env: The environment being deployed, defaults to airbrake.env.
  • user: The user doing the deployment, defaults to process.env.USER.
  • repo: The github url of this repository. Defaults to git config --get remote.origin.url.
  • rev: The revision of this deployment. Defaults to git rev-parse HEAD.

If you have feature ideas, please open an issue first, so we can discuss it.

Originally created by Felix Geisendörfer.

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