Cross browser stack traces
Not all browsers support stack traces on error objects, but TraceKit squeezes out as much useful information as possible and normalizes it. 3kB minified + gzipped
bower install tracekit
This places TraceKit at
components/tracekit/tracekit.js. Install bower:
npm install bower -g, download npm with Node: http://nodejs.org
Then include the
<script> to your page
First, register a subscriber for error reports:
TraceKitreportsubscribe//send via ajax to server, or use console.error in development//to get you started see:;
Then, make sure all your code is in a try/catch block:
try/** your application code here**/throw 'oops';catch eTraceKitreporte; //error with stack trace gets normalized and sent to subscriber
In order to get stack traces, you need to wrap your code in a try/catch block like above. Otherwise the error hits
window.onerror handler and will only contain the error message, line number, and column number.
You also need to throw errors with
throw new Error('foo') instead of
You can unsubscribe some subscriber function by doing
Apifoo =;var bar = //'Fn' is to avoid errors in IE;
We recommend the above convention of function naming,
Api_foo always corresponds to
barFn corresponds to
bar - just as long as the function name is not the same as the identifier. Otherwise, you can have bugs in IE.
TraceKit will attempt to fetch an analyze source files, but you can turn this off using:
TraceKitremoteFetching = false;
You can also tell TraceKit to ignore global window errors with:
TraceKitcollectWindowErrors = false;
View the source for more details and examples.
All code must pass JSHint and tests.
grunt to compile and run JSHint and
grunt test for the test suite.
New features need accompanying documentation in the README, changes to existing api's need updated documentation.
In general, open an issue for whatever it is you're thinking, get some quick feedback, make good stuff, and we'll accept the PR.
Before building (minifying) you will need to get the closure compiler jar:
wgetunzip compiler-latest.zip -d closure
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