Antenna is a breakpad crash collector for Socorro
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Antenna: Breakpad crash report collector

Breakpad crash collector web app that handles incoming crash reports and saves them to AWS S3.

Uses Python 3, Gunicorn, gevent, Falcon and some other things.


This is a quickstart that uses Docker so you can see how the pieces work. Docker is also used for local development of Antenna.

For more comprehensive documentation or instructions on how to set this up in production, see docs.

  1. Clone the repository:

    $ git clone
  2. Install docker 1.10.0+ and install docker-compose 1.6.0+ on your machine

  3. Download and build Antenna docker containers:

    $ make build

    Anytime you want to update the containers, you can run make build.

  4. Run with a prod-like fully-functional configuration.

    1. Running:

      $ make run

      You should see a lot of output. It'll start out with something like this:

      ANTENNA_ENV="dev.env" /usr/bin/docker-compose up web
      antenna_statsd_1 is up-to-date
      antenna_localstack-s3_1 is up-to-date
      Recreating antenna_web_1
      Attaching to antenna_web_1
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [7] [INFO] Starting gunicorn 19.6.0
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [7] [INFO] Listening at: (7)
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [7] [INFO] Using worker: gevent
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [10] [INFO] Booting worker with pid: 10
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] Setting up metrics: <class 'antenna.metrics.DogStatsdMetrics'>
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] antenna.metrics: DogStatsdMetrics configured: statsd:8125 mcboatface
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] BASEDIR=/app
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] LOGGING_LEVEL=DEBUG
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] METRICS_CLASS=antenna.metrics.DogStatsdMetrics
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] DUMP_FIELD=upload_file_minidump
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] DUMP_ID_PREFIX=bp-
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] CRASHSTORAGE_CLASS=antenna.ext.s3.crashstorage.S3CrashStorage
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] THROTTLE_RULES=antenna.throttler.mozilla_rules
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] CRASHSTORAGE_ACCESS_KEY=foo
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] CRASHSTORAGE_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=*****
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] CRASHSTORAGE_REGION=us-east-1
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] CRASHSTORAGE_ENDPOINT_URL=http://localstack-s3:5000
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:39:21 +0000] [INFO] CRASHSTORAGE_BUCKET_NAME=antennabucket
    2. Verify things are running:

      In another terminal, you can verify the proper containers are running with:

      $ docker-compose ps

      You should see containers with names web, statsd and localstack-s3.

    3. Send in a crash report:

      You can send a crash report into the system and watch it go through the steps:

      $ ./bin/
      <curl http output>
      *  Closing connection 0

      You should get a CrashID back from the HTTP POST. You'll also see docker logging output something like this:

      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:48:45 +0000] [INFO] antenna.breakpad_resource: a448814e-16dd-45fb-b7dd-b0b522161010 received with existing crash_id
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:48:45 +0000] [INFO] antenna.breakpad_resource: a448814e-16dd-45fb-b7dd-b0b522161010: matched by is_firefox_desktop; returned ACCEPT
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:48:45 +0000] [INFO] antenna.breakpad_resource: a448814e-16dd-45fb-b7dd-b0b522161010 accepted
      web_1      | [2016-11-07 15:48:45 +0000] [INFO] antenna.breakpad_resource: a448814e-16dd-45fb-b7dd-b0b522161010 saved
    4. See the data in localstack-s3:

      The localstack-s3 container stores data in memory and the data doesn't persist between container restarts.

      You can use the aws-cli to access it. For example:

          aws --endpoint-url=http://localhost:5000 \
              --region=us-east-1 \
              s3 ls s3://antennabucket/

      If you do this a lot, turn it into a shell script.

    5. Look at runtime metrics with Grafana:

      The statsd container has Grafana. You can view the statsd data via Grafana in your web browser http://localhost:9000.

      To log into Grafana, use username admin and password admin.

      You'll need to set up a Graphite datasource pointed to http://localhost:8000.

      The statsd namespace set in the dev.env file is "mcboatface".

    6. When you're done--stopping Antenna:

      When you're done with the Antenna process, hit CTRL-C to gracefully kill the docker web container.

    If you want to run with a different Antenna configuration, put the configuration in an env file and then set ANTENNA_ENV. For example:

    $ ANTENNA_ENV=my.env make run

    See dev.env and the docs for configuration options.

  5. Run tests:

    $ make test

    If you need to run specific tests or pass in different arguments, you can run bash in the base container and then run py.test with whatever args you want. For example:

    $ make shell
    app@...$ py.test
    <pytest output>
    app@...$ py.test tests/unittest/

    We're using py.test for a test harness and test discovery.

For more details on running Antenna or hacking on Antenna, see the docs.