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Spark Debug Screen

Error pages for the Spark Java micro-framework.



To utilize:

package spark.debug;

import static spark.Spark.get;
import static spark.Spark.port;
import static spark.debug.DebugScreen.enableDebugScreen;

public class DebugScreenExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

        get("*", (req, res) -> {
            throw new Exception("Exceptions everywhere!");
        enableDebugScreen(); //just add this to your project to enable the debug screen



Advanced Usage:

To add additional tables:

// Subclass the handler:
class MyDebugScreen extends DebugScreen {
  protected void installTables(LinkedHashMap<String, Map<String, ? extends Object>> tables, Request request, Exception exception) {
    super.installTables(tables, request, exception);
    Map<String, Object> myTable = new LinkedHashMap<>();
    tables.put("My Table", myTable);
    myTable.put("Key", "Value");

// When installing the exception handler, install yours instead:
Spark.exception(Exception.class, new MyDebugScreen());

To change the search path for locating Java source files:

By default DebugScreen looks within the folders src/main/java and src/test/java in the current working directory (if they exist). If you have changed the working directory, obviously this approach will not work. You can specify different search directories:

Spark.exception(Exception.class, new DebugScreen(
    ImmutableList.of(new FileSearchSourceLocator(new File("/path/to/source/code")))

You can specify multiple locators in the list (later ones are used as fallbacks if earlier ones cannot find a file). If this is still not specific enough for you, you can implement your own SourceLocator to find the files and provide that to the handler.


  • This handler reveals server internals and possibly code. Only install it when you are developing and make sure to disable it before pushing to production.
  • Finding code snippets is an imperfect art since the original file locations are not preserved in the compiled bytecode. Thus, by default code snippets will only be displayed if the Java source file for the corresponding exception stack frame is available within the working directory under src/main/java or src/main/test and you are properly following the Java naming and directory structure conventions. See advanced usage to change this behavior.
  • Registering the exception handler for Exception.class serves as a catch-all. You can still install your own, more specific exception handlers. Spark prioritizes exception handlers by crawling up the class hierarchy from the exception thrown to Exception looking for a handler. Thus, handlers for subclasses of Exception will take precendence.


By mschurr. Based on filp/whoops.


Better error pages for the Spark Java micro-framework.




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