If you haven’t already, install raven with its explicit Flask dependencies:

pip install raven[flask]


The first thing you’ll need to do is to initialize Raven under your application:

from raven.contrib.flask import Sentry
sentry = Sentry(app, dsn='___DSN___')

If you don’t specify the dsn value, we will attempt to read it from your environment under the SENTRY_DSN key.

Extended Setup

You can optionally configure logging too:

import logging
from raven.contrib.flask import Sentry
sentry = Sentry(app, logging=True, level=logging.ERROR, \
                logging_exclusions=("logger1", "logger2", ...))

Building applications on the fly? You can use Raven’s init_app hook:

sentry = Sentry(dsn='http://public_key:secret_key@example.com/1')

def create_app():
    app = Flask(__name__)
    return app

You can pass parameters in the init_app hook:

sentry = Sentry()

def create_app():
    app = Flask(__name__)
    sentry.init_app(app, dsn='___DSN___', logging=True,
                    logging_exclusions=("logger1", "logger2", ...))
    return app


Additional settings for the client can be configured using SENTRY_CONFIG in your application’s configuration:

class MyConfig(object):
        'dsn': '___DSN___',
        'include_paths': ['myproject'],
        'release': raven.fetch_git_sha(os.path.dirname(__file__)),

If Flask-Login is used by your application (including Flask-Security), user information will be captured when an exception or message is captured. By default, only the id (current_user.get_id()), is_authenticated, and is_anonymous is captured for the user. If you would like additional attributes on the current_user to be captured, you can configure them using SENTRY_USER_ATTRS:

class MyConfig(object):
    SENTRY_USER_ATTRS = ['username', 'first_name', 'last_name', 'email']

email will be captured as sentry.interfaces.User.email, and any additional attributes will be available under sentry.interfaces.User.data

You can specify the types of exceptions that should not be reported by Sentry client in your application by setting the ignore_exceptions configuration value:

class MyExceptionType(Exception):
    def __init__(self, message):
        super(MyExceptionType, self).__init__(message)

app = Flask(__name__)
app.config['SENTRY_CONFIG'] = {
    'ignore_exceptions': [MyExceptionType],


Once you’ve configured the Sentry application it will automatically capture uncaught exceptions within Flask. If you want to send additional events, a couple of shortcuts are provided on the Sentry Flask middleware object.

Capture an arbitrary exception by calling captureException:

    1 / 0
except ZeroDivisionError:

Log a generic message with captureMessage:

sentry.captureMessage('hello, world!')

Getting The Last Event ID

If possible, the last Sentry event ID is stored in the request context g.sentry_event_id variable. This allow to present the user an error ID if have done a custom error 500 page.

<h2>Error 500</h2>
{% if g.sentry_event_id %}
<p>The error identifier is {{ g.sentry_event_id }}</p>
{% endif %}

User Feedback

To enable user feedback for crash reports just make sure you have a custom 500 error handler and render out a HTML snippet for bringing up the crash dialog:

from flask import Flask, g, render_template
from raven.contrib.flask import Sentry

app = Flask(__name__)
sentry = Sentry(app, dsn='___DSN___')

def internal_server_error(error):
    return render_template('500.html',

And in the error template (500.html) you can then do this:

<!-- Sentry JS SDK 2.1.+ required -->
<script src="https://cdn.ravenjs.com/2.3.0/raven.min.js"></script>

{% if event_id %}
    eventId: '{{ event_id }}',
    dsn: '{{ public_dsn }}'
{% endif %}

That’s it!

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

Dealing With Proxies

When your Flask application is behind a proxy such as nginx, Sentry will use the remote address from the proxy, rather than from the actual requesting computer. By using ProxyFix from werkzeug.contrib.fixers the Flask .wsgi_app can be modified to send the actual REMOTE_ADDR along to Sentry.

from werkzeug.contrib.fixers import ProxyFix
app.wsgi_app = ProxyFix(app.wsgi_app)

This may also require changes to the proxy configuration to pass the right headers if it isn’t doing so already.


Raven uses blinker to emit a signal (called logging_configured) after logging has been configured for the client. You may bind to that signal in your application to do any additional configuration to the logging handler SentryHandler.

from raven.contrib.flask import Sentry, logging_configured
from flask import Flask, g, render_template
from raven.contrib.flask import Sentry

app = Flask(__name__)
sentry = Sentry(app, dsn='___DSN___', logging=True)

def internal_server_error(sender, sentry_handler=None, **kwargs):
    # configure sentry_handler here