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Errbit: The open source self-hosted error catcher

Errbit is an open source, self-hosted error catcher. It is Hoptoad API compliant so you can just point the Hoptoad notifier at your Errbit server if you are already using Hoptoad.

Errbit may be a good fit for you if:

  • Your exceptions may contain sensitive data that you don't want sitting on someone else's server
  • Your application is behind a firewall
  • You'd like to brand your error catcher
  • You want to add customer features to your error catcher
  • You're crazy and love managing servers

If this doesn't sound like you, you should probably stick with Hoptoad. The Thoughtbot guys offer great support for it and it is much more worry-free. They have a free package and even offer a "Hoptoad behind your firewall" solution.


There is a demo available at

Email: Password: password


Note: This app is intended for people with experience deploying and maintining Rails applications. If you're uncomfortable with any step below then Errbit is not for you. Checkout Hoptoad from the guys over at Thoughtbot, which Errbit is based on.

Set your local box or server(Ubuntu):

  1. Install MongoDB. Follow the directions here, then:

    aptitude update
    aptitude install mongodb
  2. Install libxml

    apt-get install libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt-dev
  3. Install Bundler

    gem install bundler

Running Locally:

  1. Bootstrap Errbit. This will copy over config.yml and also seed the database.

    rake errbit:bootstrap
  2. Update the config.yml and mongoid.yml files with information about your environment

  3. Install dependencies

    bundle install
  4. Start Server

    script/rails server


  1. Bootstrap Errbit. This will copy over config.yml and also seed the database.

    rake errbit:bootstrap
  2. Update the deploy.rb file with information about your server

  3. Setup server and deploy

    cap deploy:setup deploy

Deploying to Heroku:

  1. Clone the repository

    git clone
  2. Create & configure for Heroku

    gem install heroku
    heroku create
    heroku addons:add mongohq:free
    heroku addons:add sendgrid:free
    heroku config:add HEROKU=true
    heroku config:add
    heroku config:add
    git push heroku master
  3. Seed the DB (NOTE: No bootstrap task is used on Heroku!)

    heroku rake db:seed
  4. Enjoy!


Note: If upgrading from a version of Errbit that used Notices embedded in Errs please run:

     1. git pull origin master ( assuming origin is the repo )
     2. rake db:migrate

Lighthouseapp integration

Redmine integration

Pivotal Tracker integration


  • Add ability for watchers to be configured for types of notifications they should receive

Special Thanks

  • Michael Parenteau - For rocking the Errbit design and providing a great user experience.
  • Nick Recobra aka oruen - Nick is Errbit's first core contributor. He's been working hard at making Errbit more awesome.
  • Relevance - For giving me Open-source Fridays to work on Errbit and all my awesome co-workers for giving feedback and inspiration.
  • Thoughtbot - For being great open-source advocates and setting the bar with Hoptoad.


  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with Rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright (c) 2010 Jared Pace. See LICENSE for details.


The open source error catcher that's Hoptoad API compliant




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