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    Log errors and stacktraces in Opbeat from within your Node.js applications. Includes middleware support for Connect and Express.

    Important: If you've been using version 0.3.x or earlier, please read our upgrade guide.

    Compatibility: Make sure you read our Compatibility Guide if you use New Relic, longjohn or other modules that also captures uncaught exceptions or modifies the stacktraces.


    npm install opbeat

    Basic Usage

    To get started just require and initialize the Opbeat module in the top of your app's main module. Out of the box this will catch unhandled exceptions automatically.

    var opbeat = require('opbeat')({
      appId: '...',
      organizationId: '...',
      secretToken: '...'

    If you want to manually send an error to Opbeat, use the captureError() function:

    opbeat.captureError(new Error('Ups, something broke'));


    When you've required the Opbeat module you can supply an optional options object to configure the client.

      appId: '...',
      organizationId: '...',
      secretToken: '...',

    The available options are listed below, but can alternatively be set via the listed environment variables.


    • Type: String
    • Env: OPBEAT_APP_ID

    Your Opbeat app id. Required unless set via the OPBEAT_APP_ID environment variable.


    • Type: String

    Your Opbeat orgainization id. Required unless set via the OPBEAT_ORGANIZATION_ID environment variable.


    • Type: String

    Your secret Opbeat token. Required unless set via the OPBEAT_SECRET_TOKEN environment variable.


    • Type: Boolean
    • Default: true

    A boolean specifying if errors should be collected by the Opbeat client or not. Normally you would not want to capture errors in your development or testing environments. If you are using the NODE_ENV envrionment variable, you can use this to determine the state:

    var options = {
      active: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production'


    • Type: String
    • Default: OS hostname

    The OS hostname is automatically logged along with all errors (you can see it under the "Environment" tab on each error. If you want to overwrite this, use this option.


    • Type: String
    • Default: 'info'

    Set the verbosity level the Opbeat client. Note that this does not have any influence on what types of errors that are sent to Opbeat. This only controls how chatty the Opbeat client are in your logs.

    Possible levels are: debug, info, warn, error and fatal.


    • Type: object

    Set a custom logger, e.g. bunyan:

      logger: require('bunyan')({ level: 'info' })

    If no custom logger is provided, Opbeat will use its built-in logger which will log to STDOUT and STDERR depending on the log level.

    The logger should expose the following functions: debug, info, warn, error and fatal.

    Note that if a custom logger is provided, the clientLogLevel option will be ignored.


    • Type: Boolean
    • Default: true

    Whether or not the Opbeat client should monitor for uncaught exceptions and sent them to Opbeat automatically.


    • Type: Number
    • Default: Infinity

    Setting it to 0 will disable stacktrace collection. Any finite integer value will be used as the maximum number of frames to collect. Setting it to Infinity means that all frames will be collected.


    The client emits two events: logged and error.

    opbeat.on('logged', function (url) {
      console.log('Yay, it worked! View online at: ' + url);
    opbeat.on('error', function (err) {
      console.log('Something went wrong. The error was not logged!');

    Uncaught exceptions

    The client captures uncaught exceptions automatically and reports them to Opbeat. To disable this, set the configuration option captureExceptions to false when initializing the Opbeat client.

    You can enable capturing of uncaught exceptions later by calling the handleUncaughtExceptions() function. This also gives you the option to add a callback which will be called once an uncaught exception have been sent to Opbeat.


    If you don't specify a callback, the node process is terminated automatically when an uncaught exception have been captured and sent to Opbeat.

    It is recommended that you don't leave the process running after receiving an uncaughtException, so if you are using the optional callback, remember to terminate the node process:

    var opbeat = require('opbeat')();
    opbeat.handleUncaughtExceptions(function (err, url) {
      // Do your own stuff... and then exit:

    The callback is called after the event has been sent to the Opbeat server with the following arguments:

    • err - the captured exception
    • url - the URL of where you can find the sent error on Opbeat

    Advanced usage

    HTTP requests

    You can specify an optional options argument as the 2nd argument to .captureError(). Besides the options described in the the metedata section, you can use the options to associate the error with an HTTP request:

    opbeat.captureError(err, {
      request: req // an instance of http.IncomingMessage

    This will log the URL that was requested, the HTTP headers, cookies and other useful details to help you debug the error.


    The captureError() function can also be given an optional callback which will be called once the error have been sent to Opbeat:

    opbeat.captureError(error, function (opbeatErr, url) {
      // ...

    The callback is called with two arguments:

    • opbeatErr - set if something went wrong while trying to log the error
    • url - the URL of where you can find the sent error on Opbeat


    Instead of an Error object, you can log a plain text error-message:

    opbeat.captureError('Something happened!');

    This will also be logged as an error in Opbeat, but will not be associated with an exception.

    Parameterized messages

    If the message string contains state or time-specific data, Opbeat will not always recognize multiple errors as belonging to the same group, since the message text differs. To group these kind of messages, send the message as a parameterized message:

      message: 'Timeout exeeded by %d seconds',
      params: [seconds]


    To ease debugging it's possible to send some extra data with each error you send to Opbeat. The Opbeat API supports a lot of different metadata fields, most of which are automatlically managed by the opbeat node client. But if you wish you can supply some extra details using client_supplied_id, extra, user or query. If you want to know more about all the fields, you should take a look at the full Opbeat API docs.

    To supply any of these extra fields, use the optional options argument when calling opbeat.captureError().

    Here are some examples:

    // Sending some extra details about the user
    opbeat.captureError(error, {
      user: {
        is_authenticated: true,
        id: 'unique_id',
        username: 'foo',
        email: ''
    // Sending some abitrary extra details using the `extra` field
    opbeat.captureError(error, {
      extra: {
        some_important_metric: 'foobar'

    Singleton access

    Don't waste time initializing the Opbeat client more than once. If you need access the client in multiple files, just create an opbeat.js file somewhere in your project, initialize Opbeat in there and export it:

    // opbeat.js
    module.exports = require('opbeat')({
      appId: '...',
      organizationId: '...',
      secretToken: '...'


    Connect/Express middleware

    The Opbeat middleware can be used as-is with either Connect or Express in the same way. Take note that in your middlewares, Opbeat must appear after your main handler to pick up any errors that may result from handling a request.


    var opbeat = require('opbeat')();
    var connect = require('connect');
    var app = connect();
    // your regular middleware:
    // app.use(...)
    // app.use(...)
    // your main HTTP handler
    app.use(function (req, res, next) {
      throw new Error('Broke!');
    // add Opbeat in the bottom of the middleware stack


    var opbeat = require('opbeat')();
    var app = require('express').createServer();
    app.get('/', function mainHandler(req, res) {
      throw new Error('Broke!');

    Note: or opbeat.middleware.connect must be added to the middleware stack before any other error handling middlewares or there's a chance that the error will never get to Opbeat.

    Release tracking

    Though Opbeat provides other means of handling release tracking, you can also use this client to do the same.

    Use the trackDeployment() function with the optional options and callback arguments:

    opbeat.trackDeployment(options, callback);


    • path - An optional path on the filesystem where the git repo can be found (defaults to the current working directory)
    • rev - An optional full git revision (will try to guess the rev based on the path)
    • status - completed (default) or machine-completed. If machine-completed is specified, the hostname attribute must be present
    • branch - Optional git branch (will try to guess the rev based on the path)
    • hostname - Optional hostname of the server that was updated. Required if status=machine-completed


    Will be called when the release has been tracked. Note that the callback will not be called upon errors. Listen instead for the error events.


    The module is tested against Node.js v0.10 and above. Previous versions of Node.js is not supported.


    All credit for the original work go out to the original contributors and the main author Matt Robenolt.




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