If you haven’t already, start by downloading Raven. The easiest way is with pip:

pip install raven --upgrade


Sentry supports the ability to directly tie into the logging module. To use it simply add SentryHandler to your logger.

First you’ll need to configure a handler:

from raven.handlers.logging import SentryHandler

# Manually specify a client
client = Client(...)
handler = SentryHandler(client)

You can also automatically configure the default client with a DSN:

# Configure the default client
handler = SentryHandler('___DSN___')

You may want to specify the logging level at this point so you don’t send INFO or DEBUG messages to Sentry:


Finally, call the setup_logging() helper function:

from raven.conf import setup_logging


Another option is to use logging.config.dictConfig:

    'version': 1,
    'disable_existing_loggers': True,

    'formatters': {
        'console': {
            'format': '[%(asctime)s][%(levelname)s] %(name)s '
                      '%(filename)s:%(funcName)s:%(lineno)d | %(message)s',
            'datefmt': '%H:%M:%S',

    'handlers': {
        'console': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'class': 'logging.StreamHandler',
            'formatter': 'console'
        'sentry': {
            'level': 'ERROR',
            'class': 'raven.handlers.logging.SentryHandler',
            'dsn': '___DSN___',

    'loggers': {
        '': {
            'handlers': ['console', 'sentry'],
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'propagate': False,
        'your_app': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'propagate': True,


A recommended pattern in logging is to simply reference the modules name for each logger, so for example, you might at the top of your module define the following:

import logging
logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

You can also use the exc_info and extra={'stack': True} arguments on your log methods. This will store the appropriate information and allow Sentry to render it based on that information:

# If you're actually catching an exception, use `exc_info=True`
logger.error('There was an error, with a stacktrace!', exc_info=True)

# If you don't have an exception, but still want to capture a
# stacktrace, use the `stack` arg
logger.error('There was an error, with a stacktrace!', extra={
    'stack': True,


Depending on the version of Python you’re using, extra might not be an acceptable keyword argument for a logger’s .exception() method (.debug(), .info(), .warning(), .error() and .critical() should work fine regardless of Python version). This should be fixed as of Python 2.7.4 and 3.2. Official issue here: http://bugs.python.org/issue15541.

While we don’t recommend this, you can also enable implicit stack capturing for all messages:

client = Client(..., auto_log_stacks=True)
handler = SentryHandler(client)

logger.error('There was an error, with a stacktrace!')

Passing tags and user context is also available through extra:

logger.error('There was an error, with user context and tags'), extra={
    'user': {'email': 'test@test.com'},
    'tags': {'database': '1.0'},

You may also pass additional information to be stored as meta information with the event. As long as the key name is not reserved and not private (_foo) it will be displayed on the Sentry dashboard. To do this, pass it as data within your extra clause:

logger.error('There was some crazy error', exc_info=True, extra={
    # Optionally you can pass additional arguments to specify request info
    'culprit': 'my.view.name',
    'fingerprint': [...],

    'data': {
        # You may specify any values here and Sentry will log and output them
        'username': request.user.username,


The url and view keys are used internally by Sentry within the extra data.


Any key (in data) prefixed with _ will not automatically output on the Sentry details view.

Sentry will intelligently group messages if you use proper string formatting. For example, the following messages would be seen as the same message within Sentry:

logger.error('There was some %s error', 'crazy')
logger.error('There was some %s error', 'fun')
logger.error('There was some %s error', 1)


You can also configure some logging exclusions during setup. These loggers will not propagate their logs to the Sentry handler:

from raven.conf import setup_logging

setup_logging(handler, exclude=("logger1", "logger2", ...))