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Airbrake on Heroku

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  1. Installing the Heroku add-on

To use Airbrake on Heroku, install the Airbrake add-on:

$ heroku addons:add airbrake:basic # This adds the the basic plan.
                                   # If you'd like another plan, specify that instead.
  1. Including the Airbrake notifier in your application

After adding the Airbrake add-on, you will need to install and configure the Airbrake notifier.

Your application connects to Airbrake with an API key. On Heroku, this is automatically provided to your application in ENV['HOPTOAD_API_KEY'], so installation should be a snap! (Hoptoad is Airbrake's old name.)

Rails 3.x

Add the airbrake and heroku gems to your Gemfile. In Gemfile:

gem 'airbrake'
gem 'heroku'

Then from your project's RAILS_ROOT, run:

$ bundle install
$ script/rails generate airbrake --heroku

Rails 2.x

Install the heroku gem if you haven't already:

gem install heroku

Add the airbrake gem to your app. In config/environment.rb:

config.gem 'airbrake'

Then from your project's RAILS_ROOT, run:

$ rake gems:install
$ rake gems:unpack GEM=airbrake
$ script/generate airbrake --heroku

As always, if you choose not to vendor the airbrake gem, make sure every server you deploy to has the gem installed or your application won't start.

Rack applications

In order to use airbrake in a non-Rails rack app, just load the airbrake, configure your API key, and use the Airbrake::Rack middleware:

require 'rubygems'
require 'rack'
require 'airbrake'

Airbrake.configure do |config|
  config.api_key = `ENV['HOPTOAD_API_KEY']`

app = do
  use Airbrake::Rack
  run lambda { |env| raise "Rack down" }

Rails 1.x

For Rails 1.x, visit the Airbrake notifier's README on GitHub, and be sure to use ENV['HOPTOAD_API_KEY'] where your API key is required in configuration code.

  1. Configure your notification settings (important!)

Once you have included and configured the notifier in your application, you will want to configure your notification settings.

This is important - without setting your email address, you won't receive notification emails.

Airbrake can deliver exception notifications to your email inbox. To configure these delivery settings:

  1. Visit your applications resources page, like .

  2. Click the name of your Airbrake addon. (It may still be called Hoptoad.)

  3. Click "Settings" to configure the Hoptoad Add-on.

  4. Optionally: Set up deploy notification

If your Airbrake plan supports deploy notification, set it up for your Heroku application like this:

rake hoptoad:heroku:add_deploy_notification

This will install a Heroku HTTP Deploy Hook to notify Airbrake of the deploy.