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Frontend error catching

To report an error to AppSignal, catch the error and pass it to the sendError helper function.

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try {
  // do something that might throw an error
} catch (error) {
  appsignal.sendError(error)
  // handle the error
}

// You can catch errors asynchronously by listening to Promises...
asyncActionThatReturnsAPromise().catch(error => appsignal.sendError(error))

// ...or by using async/await
async function() {
  try {
    const result = await asyncActionThatReturnsAPromise()
  } catch (error) {
    appsignal.sendError(error)
    // handle the error
  }
}

// ...or in an event handler or callback function
events.on("event", (err) => { appsignal.sendError(err) })

Adding metadata to errors

To add additional metadata to errors sent with sendError, use the callback function argument. This callback receives the current Span for the error as an argument and allows it to be modified before being sent to the AppSignal servers.

See the Span API page for more information about all the data that can be set on a Span.

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try {
  // do something that might throw an error
} catch (error) {
  appsignal.sendError(error, (span) => {
    span.setAction("MyCustomAction")
    span.setNamespace("custom_namespace")
    span.setTags({ tag1: "value 1", tag2: "value 2" })
  })
  // handle the error
}

Uncaught exceptions

Uncaught exceptions are not captured by default. We made the decision to not include this functionality as part of the core library due to the high amount of noise from browser extensions, ad blockers etc. that generally makes libraries such as this less effective.

We recommend using a relevant integration as a better way to handle exceptions, or, if you would prefer capture uncaught exceptions, you can do so by using the @appsignal/plugin-window-events package alongside this one.

Wrapping a block of code

The library provides a convenience method for wrapping a block of code and sending any error thrown within it directly to AppSignal. This is the appsignal.wrap() method, an async function that returns a Promise. A function should be passed as an argument containing the code you'd like to wrap.

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try {
  await appsignal.wrap(() => {
    // catch any error from sync or async code here
  })
} catch (e) {
  // do something else with the error here, the
  // error has already been sent to AppSignal
}

// Alternative usage
appsignal.wrap(() => {
  // catch any error from sync or async code here
})
.catch((e) => {
  // do something else with the error here, the
  // error has already been sent to AppSignal
})

If an error is thrown anywhere in this function, we return a rejected promise with the Error passed as an argument to the catch handler.

Adding metadata to wrapped errors

To add additional metadata to errors captured and sent with wrap, use the callback function argument. This callback receives the current Span for the error as an argument and allows it to be modified before being sent to the AppSignal servers.

See the Span API page for more information about all the data that can be set on a Span.

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appsignal.wrap(() => {
  throw new Error("Test error")
}, (span) => {
  span.setAction("MyCustomAction")
  span.setNamespace("custom_namespace")
  span.setTags({ tag1: "value 1", tag2: "value 2" })
})

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