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Node.js client for, formerly known as hoptoad.


npm install airbrake

Basic usage

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

var airbreak = require('airbrake').createClient("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 airbreak, caushing your process to exit with status 1.

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

var airbreak = require('airbrake').createClient("your api key");
var err = new Error('Something went terribly wrong');
airbrake.notify(err, function(err, url) {
  if (err) throw err;

  // Error has been delivered, url links to the error in airbreak

Adding context to errors

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 string if set);
  • request.component: (err.component string if set);
  • request.action: (err.action string if set);
  • request.cgi-data: (process.env, merged with err.env object if set)
  • request.params: (err.params object if set)
  • request.session: (err.session object if set)
  • server-environment.project-root: (airbreak.projectRoot string if set)
  • server-environment.environment-name: (airbreak.env string, defaults to process.env.NODE_ENV)
  • (`airbreak.appVersion string if set)
  • server-environment.hostname: (airbreak.hostname string if set)

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

var airbreak = require('airbrake').createClient("your api key");
var http = require('http');

http.createServer(function(req, res) {
  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.

Removing context from errors

In some scenarios you might want to filter some context to never show up in Airbrake. For example you might have a private key loaded in your environment memory, or your user has some critical data in his session, and you want to hide that.

This can be done by hooking into the 'vars' event like so:

airbrake.on('vars', function(type, vars) {
  if (type === 'cgi-data') {
    delete vars.SECRET;


Airbreak.createClient(apiKey, [env])

Returns a new Airbrake instance.

airbrake.key = null

The API key to use.

airbrake.env = process.env.NODE_ENV;

The name of the server environment this is running in.

airbrake.projectRoot = null

The root directory of this project.

airbrake.appVersion = null

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

airbrake.protocol = 'http'

The protocol to use.


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

airbrake.notify(err, [cb])

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.


  • Implement airbrake.deployment()


airbrake is licensed under the MIT license.

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