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raven-php is a PHP client for Sentry.

// Instantiate a new client with a compatible DSN
$client = new Raven_Client('');

// Capture a message
$event_id = $client->getIdent($client->captureMessage('my log message'));

// Capture an exception
$event_id = $client->getIdent($client->captureException($ex));

// Provide some additional data with an exception
$event_id = $client->getIdent($client->captureException($ex, array(
    'extra' => array(
        'php_version' => phpversion()

// Give the user feedback
echo "Sorry, there was an error!";
echo "Your reference ID is " . $event_id;

// Install error handlers and shutdown function to catch fatal errors
$error_handler = new Raven_ErrorHandler($client);


Install with Composer

If you're using Composer to manage dependencies, you can add Raven with it.

    "require": {
        "raven/raven": "$VERSION"

(replace $VERSION with one of the available versions on Packagist) or to get the latest version off the master branch:

    "require": {
        "raven/raven": "dev-master"

Note that using unstable versions is not recommended and should be avoided. Also you should define a maximum version, e.g. by doing >=0.6,<1.0 or ~0.6.

Composer will take care of the autoloading for you, so if you require the vendor/autoload.php, you're good to go.

Install source from GitHub

To install the source code:

$ git clone git://

And including it using the autoloader:

require_once '/path/to/Raven/library/Raven/Autoloader.php';


Several options exist that allow you to configure the behavior of the Raven_Client. These are passed as the second parameter of the constructor, and is expected to be an array of key value pairs:

$client = new Raven_Client($dsn, array(
    'option_name' => 'value',


A string to override the default value for the server's hostname.

Defaults to Raven_Compat::gethostname().


An array of tags to apply to events in this context.

'tags' => array(
    'php_version' => phpversion(),


Set this to false to disable reflection tracing (function calling arguments) in stacktraces.


Adjust the default logger name for messages.

Defaults to php.

Providing Request Context

Most of the time you're not actually calling out to Raven directly, but you still want to provide some additional context. This lifecycle generally constists of something like the following:

  • Set some context via a middleware (e.g. the logged in user)
  • Send all given context with any events during the request lifecycle
  • Cleanup context

There are three primary methods for providing request context:

// bind the logged in user
$client->user_context(array('email' => ''));

// tag the request with something interesting
$client->tags_context(array('interesting' => 'yes'));

// provide a bit of additional context
$client->extra_context(array('happiness' => 'very'));

If you're performing additional requests during the lifecycle, you'll also need to ensure you cleanup the context (to reset its state):



First, make sure you can run the test suite. Install development dependencies :

$ composer install

You may now use phpunit :

$ bin/phpunit


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