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Node Exceptions

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Throwing errors in Javascript does not give much information about the error type as it is really hard to throw custom exceptions. Node Exceptions is a tiny wrapper which will let you extend the Error class and throw custom errors.

Why custom errors

Errors are thrown anywhere inside the code and handling them properly is required. For example you have an HTTP application, which can throw multiple errors and in order to handle those errors gracefully, you need to know the error types or their names.

switch ( {
  case 'HttpException':
    // do something 
  case 'RunTimeException':
    // do something else 


npm i --save node-exceptions

Creating custom errors

const NE = require('node-exceptions')
class MyCustomError extends NE.LogicalException {}
try {
  throw new MyCustomError('Something bad happened')
} catch (e) {
  console.log(e.status) // equals 500 
  console.log( // equals MyCustomError 
  console.log(e.message) // Something bad happened 
  console.log(e.stack) // Error stack with correct reference to filepath and linenum 
  console.log(e.toString()) // MyCustomError: Something bad happened 

Custom error status

It is also possible to have a custom error status when throwing exceptions.

const NE = require('node-exceptions')
class HttpException extends NE.LogicalException {}
try {
  throw new HttpException('Page not found', 404)
} catch (e) {
  console.log(e.status) // equals 404 

Also NE comes with some commonly required Exception classes which includes.


When something excepted has failed. For example image upload mismatch extension.

throw new NE.DomainException()


Method arguments are invalid or incomplete.

throw new NE.InvalidArgumentException()


Error caused due to arithmetic operations.

throw new NE.RangeException()


An error occured after all required checks.

throw new NE.RuntimeException()


Http specific errors.

throw new NE.HttpException()