Connect your Native (C/C++) project to GlitchTip

The Native SDK is intended for C and C++. However, since it builds as a dynamic library and exposes C-bindings, it can be used by any language that supports interoperability with C, such as the Foreign Function Interface (FFI).

Building the SDK

To build the SDK, download the latest release of the SDK from the Releases page. For each supported platform, there is a gen_* subfolder that contains build files:


: gen_windows contains a Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 solution. Open the solution and add your projects or copy the projects to an existing solution. Each project supports a debug and release configuration and includes all sources required for building.

Linux and macOS

: gen_linux and gen_macos contain Makefiles that can be used to produce dynamic libraries. Run make help to see an overview of the available configurations and target. There are debug and release configurations, that can be toggled when building:

make config=release sentry

There are multiple available targets to build:

  • sentry: Builds the Native SDK built as a dynamic library.
  • sentry_breakpad: Builds the Native SDK with Google Breakpad as a dynamic library.
  • sentry_crashpad: Builds the Native SDK with Google Crashpad as a dynamic library.
  • crashpad_*: Builds crashpad utilities. To run the Crashpad distribution of the SDK, you must build crashpad_handler and ship it with your application.

Connecting the SDK to GlitchTip

Import and initialize the SDK early in your application setup:

#include <sentry.h>

int main(void) {
  sentry_options_t *options = sentry_options_new();
  sentry_options_set_dsn(options, "YOUR-GLITCHTIP-DSN-HERE");

  /* ... */

  // make sure everything flushes


Calling sentry_shutdown() before exiting the application is critical. It ensures that events can be sent to Sentry before execution stops. Otherwise, event data may be lost.

Alternatively, the DSN can be passed as SENTRY_DSN environment variable during runtime. This can be especially useful for server applications.

Verifying Your Setup

Now that SDK setup is complete, verify that all configuration is correct. Start by capturing a manual event:

  /*   level */ SENTRY_LEVEL_INFO,
  /*  logger */ "custom",
  /* message */ "It works!"

Once the event is captured, it will show up on the Sentry dashboard.