Django version 1.4 and newer are supported.


Using the Django integration is as simple as adding raven.contrib.django.raven_compat to your installed apps:



This causes Raven to install a hook in Django that will automatically report uncaught exceptions.

Additional settings for the client are configured using the RAVEN_CONFIG dictionary:

import os
import raven

    'dsn': '___DSN___',
    # If you are using git, you can also automatically configure the
    # release based on the git info.
    'release': raven.fetch_git_sha(os.path.dirname(os.pardir)),

Once you’ve configured the client, you can test it using the standard Django management interface:

python raven test

You’ll be referencing the client slightly differently in Django as well:

from raven.contrib.django.raven_compat.models import client


Using with Raven.js

A Django template tag is provided to render a proper public DSN inside your templates, you must first load raven:

{% load raven %}

Inside your template, you can now use:

<script>Raven.config('{% sentry_public_dsn %}').install()</script>

By default, the DSN is generated in a protocol relative fashion, e.g. // If you need a specific protocol, you can override:

{% sentry_public_dsn 'https' %}

See the Raven.js documentation for more information.

Integration with logging

To integrate with the standard library’s logging module, and send all ERROR and above messages to sentry, the following config can be used:

    'version': 1,
    'disable_existing_loggers': True,
    'root': {
        'level': 'WARNING',
        'handlers': ['sentry'],
    'formatters': {
        'verbose': {
            'format': '%(levelname)s %(asctime)s %(module)s '
                      '%(process)d %(thread)d %(message)s'
    'handlers': {
        'sentry': {
            'level': 'ERROR', # To capture more than ERROR, change to WARNING, INFO, etc.
            'class': 'raven.contrib.django.raven_compat.handlers.SentryHandler',
            'tags': {'custom-tag': 'x'},
        'console': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'class': 'logging.StreamHandler',
            'formatter': 'verbose'
    'loggers': {
        'django.db.backends': {
            'level': 'ERROR',
            'handlers': ['console'],
            'propagate': False,
        'raven': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'handlers': ['console'],
            'propagate': False,
        'sentry.errors': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'handlers': ['console'],
            'propagate': False,


Logging usage works the same way as it does outside of Django, with the addition of an optional request key in the extra data:

logger.error('There was some crazy error', exc_info=True, extra={
    # Optionally pass a request and we'll grab any information we can
    'request': request,

404 Logging

In certain conditions you may wish to log 404 events to the Sentry server. To do this, you simply need to enable a Django middleware:

# Use ``MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES`` prior to Django 1.10

It is recommended to put the middleware at the top, so that any only 404s that bubbled all the way up get logged. Certain middlewares (e.g. flatpages) capture 404s and replace the response.

It is also possible to configure this middleware to ignore 404s on particular pages by defining the IGNORABLE_404_URLS setting as an iterable of regular expression patterns. If any pattern produces a match against the full requested URL (as defined by the regular expression’s search method), then the 404 will not be reported to Sentry.

import re


Message References

Sentry supports sending a message ID to your clients so that they can be tracked easily by your development team. There are two ways to access this information, the first is via the X-Sentry-ID HTTP response header. Adding this is as simple as appending a middleware to your stack:

# Use ``MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES`` prior to Django 1.10
  # We recommend putting this as high in the chain as possible

Another alternative method is rendering it within a template. By default, Sentry will attach request.sentry when it catches a Django exception. In our example, we will use this information to modify the default 500.html which is rendered, and show the user a case reference ID. The first step in doing this is creating a custom handler500() in your file:

from django.conf.urls.defaults import *

from django.views.defaults import page_not_found, server_error
from django.template import Context, loader
from django.http import HttpResponseServerError

def handler500(request):
    """500 error handler which includes ``request`` in the context.

    Templates: `500.html`
    Context: None

    t = loader.get_template('500.html') # You need to create a 500.html template.
    return HttpResponseServerError(t.render(Context({
        'request': request,

Once we’ve successfully added the request context variable, adding the Sentry reference ID to our 500.html is simple:

<p>You've encountered an error, oh noes!</p>
{% if %}
    <p>If you need assistance, you may reference this error as
    <strong>{{ }}</strong>.</p>
{% endif %}

WSGI Middleware

If you are using a WSGI interface to serve your app, you can also apply a middleware which will ensure that you catch errors even at the fundamental level of your Django application:

from raven.contrib.django.raven_compat.middleware.wsgi import Sentry
from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application

application = Sentry(get_wsgi_application())

User Feedback

To enable user feedback for crash reports, start with ensuring the request value is available in your context processors:

    # ...

By default Django will render 500.html, so simply drop the following snippet into your template:

<!-- Sentry JS SDK 2.1.+ required -->
<script src=""></script>

{% if %}
    eventId: '{{ }}',

    // use the public DSN (dont include your secret!)
    dsn: '___PUBLIC_DSN___'
{% endif %}

That’s it!

For more details on this feature, see the User Feedback guide.

Additional Settings


In some situations you may wish for a slightly different behavior to how Sentry communicates with your server. For this, Raven allows you to specify a custom client:

SENTRY_CLIENT = 'raven.contrib.django.raven_compat.DjangoClient'

If you are also using Celery, there is a handler being automatically registered for you that captures the errors from workers. The default logging level for that handler is logging.ERROR and can be customized using this setting:


Alternatively you can use a similarly named key in RAVEN_CONFIG:



The following things you should keep in mind when using Raven with Django.

Error Handling Middleware

If you already have middleware in place that handles process_exception() you will need to take extra care when using Sentry.

For example, the following middleware would suppress Sentry logging due to it returning a response:

class MyMiddleware(object):
    def process_exception(self, request, exception):
        return HttpResponse('foo')

To work around this, you can either disable your error handling middleware, or add something like the following:

from django.core.signals import got_request_exception

class MyMiddleware(object):
    def process_exception(self, request, exception):
        # Make sure the exception signal is fired for Sentry
        got_request_exception.send(sender=self, request=request)
        return HttpResponse('foo')

Note that this technique may break unit tests using the Django test client (django.test.client.Client) if a view under test generates a Http404 or PermissionDenied exception, because the exceptions won’t be translated into the expected 404 or 403 response codes.

Or, alternatively, you can just enable Sentry responses:

from raven.contrib.django.raven_compat.models import sentry_exception_handler

class MyMiddleware(object):
    def process_exception(self, request, exception):
        # Make sure the exception signal is fired for Sentry
        return HttpResponse('foo')


If you are running Django with circus and chaussette you will also need to add a hook to circus to activate Raven:

from django.conf import settings
from import call_command

def run_raven(*args, **kwargs):
    """Set up raven for django by running a django command.
    It is necessary because chaussette doesn't run a django command.
    if not settings.configured:

    return True

And in your circus configuration:

host =
port = 8080

cmd = chaussette --fd $(circus.sockets.dwebapp) dproject.wsgi.application
use_sockets = True
numprocesses = 2
hooks.after_start = dproject.hooks.run_raven