View Hierarchy

Learn more about debugging the view hierarchy when an error occurs. Sentry pairs the view hierarchy representation with the original event, giving you additional insight into issues.

Sentry makes it possible to render a JSON representation of the view hierarchy of an error and includes it as an attachment.

This feature only applies to SDKs with a user interface, such as the ones for mobile and desktop applications. In some environments like native iOS, rendering the view hierarchy requires the UI thread and in the event of a crash, that might not be available. Another example where the view hierarchy might not be available is when the event happens before the screen starts to load. So inherently, this feature is a best effort solution.

App hang events will not have view hierarchy because the main thread is blocked and Sentry can't interact with UI elements in a background view.

Deobfuscation for view hierarchies is fully supported for native SDKs, and React Native, but is currently not supported for Flutter. View hierarchies are not supported for SwiftUI.

View hierarchy debugging is an opt-in feature. You can enable it as shown below:

import Sentry

SentrySDK.start { options in
  options.attachViewHierarchy = true

View hierarchies appear in the "Attachments" tab, where you can view all attachments, as well as associated events. Click the event ID to open the Issue Details page of that specific event.

Screenshots List Example

On the Issue Details page, you can interact with the view hierarchy attachment in a section called "View Hierarchy". This section represents the state of your application at the time of an error event. There are three displays: a tree view, wireframe, and detailed view for a selected node. You can select nodes in either the tree or the wireframe to view the properties collected by the SDK. The SDK will report on the following keys for each node in the view: alpha, visible, x, y, width, height, type, and identifier if applicable, but there may be additional values specific to the SDK. This feature can be used as an exploratory tool to debug layout issues, visualize unnecessarily rendered content, or gain a better understanding of the relationship between views.

View Hierarchy Example

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