Connect your Express project to GlitchTip

If you are using yarn or npm, you can add the @sentry/node package as a dependency:

# Using yarn
$ yarn add @sentry/node

# Using npm
$ npm install @sentry/node

GlitchTip should be initialized as early in your app as possible.

const express = require("express");
const app = express();
const Sentry = require("@sentry/node");

Sentry.init({ dsn: "YOUR-GLITCHTIP-DSN-HERE" });

// The request handler must be the first middleware on the app

// All controllers should live here
app.get("/", function rootHandler(req, res) {
  res.end("Hello world!");

// The error handler must be before any other error middleware and after all controllers

// Optional fallthrough error handler
app.use(function onError(err, req, res, next) {
  // The error id is attached to `res.sentry` to be returned
  // and optionally displayed to the user for support.
  res.statusCode = 500;
  res.end(res.sentry + "\n");


You can verify the GlitchTip integration by creating a route that will throw an error:

app.get("/debug-sentry", function mainHandler(req, res) {
  throw new Error("My first GlitchTip error!");

requestHandler accepts some options that let you decide what data should be included in the event sent to GlitchTip.

Possible options are:

// keys to be extracted from req
request?: boolean | string[]; // default: true = ['cookies', 'data', 'headers', 'method', 'query_string', 'url']
// server name
serverName?: boolean; // default: true
// generate transaction name
//   path == request.path (eg. "/foo")
//   methodPath == request.method + request.path (eg. "GET|/foo")
//   handler == function name (eg. "fooHandler")
transaction?: boolean | 'path' | 'methodPath' | 'handler'; // default: true = 'methodPath'
// keys to be extracted from req.user
user?: boolean | string[]; // default: true = ['id', 'username', 'email']
// node version
version?: boolean; // default: true
// timeout for fatal route errors to be delivered
flushTimeout?: number; // default: 2000

For example, if you want to skip the server name and add just user, you would use requestHandler like this:

    serverName: false,
    user: ["email"],

By default, errorHandler will capture only errors with a status code of 500 or higher. If you want to change it, provide it with the shouldHandleError callback, which accepts middleware errors as its argument and decides, whether an error should be sent or not, by returning an appropriate boolean value.

    shouldHandleError(error) {
      // Capture all 404 and 500 errors
      if (error.status === 404 || error.status === 500) {
        return true;
      return false;