Basic Options

SDKs are configurable using a variety of options. The options are largely standardized among SDKs, but there are some differences to better accommodate platform peculiarities. Options are set when the SDK is first initialized.

Options can be set by passing a callback to the UseSentry() method which will pass the option object along for modifications:

ASP.NET Core 2.x:

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public static IWebHost BuildWebHost(string[] args) =>
    WebHost.CreateDefaultBuilder(args)
        // Add the following line:
        .UseSentry(o =>
        {
            o.Dsn = "https://examplePublicKey@o0.ingest.sentry.io/0";
            o.MaxBreadcrumbs = 50;
            o.Debug = true;
        });

ASP.NET Core 3.0:

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public static IHostBuilder CreateHostBuilder(string[] args) =>
    Host.CreateDefaultBuilder(args)
        .ConfigureWebHostDefaults(webBuilder =>
        {
            // Add the following line:
            webBuilder.UseSentry(o =>
            {
                o.Dsn = "https://examplePublicKey@o0.ingest.sentry.io/0";
                o.MaxBreadcrumbs = 50;
                o.Debug = true;
            });
        });

Additionally, you can set your options on appsettings.json when using UseSentry():

appsettings.json
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  "Sentry": {
    "Dsn": "https://examplePublicKey@o0.ingest.sentry.io/0",
    "MaxBreadcrumbs": 50,
    "Debug": true
  }

Common Options

The list of common options across SDKs. These work more or less the same in all SDKs, but some subtle differences will exist to better support the platform. Options that can be read from an environment variable (SENTRY_DSN, SENTRY_ENVIRONMENT, SENTRY_RELEASE) are read automatically.

Dsn

The DSN tells the SDK where to send the events. If this value is not provided, the SDK will try to read it from the SENTRY_DSN environment variable. If that variable also does not exist, the SDK will just not send any events.

In runtimes without a process environment (such as the browser) that fallback does not apply.

Learn more about DSN utilization.

StackTraceMode

  • Original - Default .NET stack trace format.
  • Enhanced - Include async, return type, arguments, and more.

Before version 3.0.0 of the Sentry SDK for .NET, there was no special treatment for the stack trace. Sentry reported what .NET made available at runtime. This behavior now called StackTraceMode.Original. With the introduction of 3.0, a new default mode is Enhanced.

Debug

Turns debug mode on or off. If debug is enabled SDK will attempt to print out useful debugging information if something goes wrong with sending the event. The default is always false. It's generally not recommended to turn it on in production, though turning debug mode on will not cause any safety concerns.

DiagnosticLevel

Enabling debug mode makes the SDK generate as much diagnostic data as possible. However, if you'd prefer to lower the verbosity of the Sentry SDK diagnostics logs, configure this option to set the appropriate level:

  • debug: default The most verbose mode
  • info: Informational messages
  • warning: Warning that something might not be right
  • error: Only SDK internal errors are printed
  • fatal: Only critical errors are printed

For app models that don't have a console to print to, you can customize the SDK's diagnostic logger to write to a file or to Visual Studio's debug window.

Release

Sets the release. Some SDKs will try to automatically configure a release out of the box but it's a better idea to manually set it to guarantee that the release is in sync with your deploy integrations or source map uploads. Release names are strings, but some formats are detected by Sentry and might be rendered differently. Learn more about how to send release data so Sentry can tell you about regressions between releases and identify the potential source in the releases documentation or the sandbox.

By default the SDK will try to read this value from the SENTRY_RELEASE environment variable (in the browser SDK, this will be read off of the window.SENTRY_RELEASE if available).

Environment

Sets the environment. This string is freeform and set by default. A release can be associated with more than one environment to separate them in the UI (think staging vs prod or similar).

By default, the SDK reports debug when the debugger is attached. Otherwise, the default environment is production.

Additionally, if you are running with the ASP.NET Core integration, you will also see the environment named as staging, if running in staging, or development, if running in development mode.

SampleRate

Configures the sample rate for error events, in the range of 0.0 to 1.0. The default is 1.0 which means that 100% of error events are sent. If set to 0.1 only 10% of error events will be sent. Events are picked randomly.

MaxBreadcrumbs

This variable controls the total amount of breadcrumbs that should be captured. This defaults to 100.

MaxCacheItems

The maximum number of envelopes to keep in cache. The SDKs use envelopes to send data, such as events, attachments, user feedback, and sessions to sentry.io. An envelope can contain multiple items, such as an event with a session and two attachments. Depending on the usage of the SDK, the size of an envelope can differ. If the number of envelopes in the local cache exceeds max-cache-items, the SDK deletes the oldest envelope and migrates the sessions to the next envelope to maintain the integrity of your release health stats. The default is 30.

AttachStacktrace

When enabled, stack traces are automatically attached to all messages logged. Stack traces are always attached to exceptions; however, when this option is set, stack traces are also sent with messages. This option, for instance, means that stack traces appear next to all log messages.

Grouping in Sentry is different for events with stack traces and without. As a result, you will get new groups as you enable or disable this flag for certain events.

SendDefaultPii

If this flag is enabled, certain personally identifiable information (PII) is added by active integrations. By default, no such data is sent.

If possible, we recommended turning on this feature to send all such data by default, and manually removing what you don't want to send using our features for managing Sensitive Data.

ServerName

This option can be used to supply a "server name." When provided, the name of the server is sent along and persisted in the event. For many integrations the server name actually corresponds to the device hostname, even in situations where the machine is not actually a server. Most SDKs will attempt to auto-discover this value.

InAppInclude

A list of string prefixes of module names that belong to the app. This option takes precedence over in-app-exclude.

Sentry differentiates stack frames that are directly related to your application ("in application") from stack frames that come from other packages such as the standard library, frameworks, or other dependencies. The application package is automatically marked as inApp. The difference is visible in the sentry.io, where only the "in application" frames are displayed by default.

InAppExclude

A list of string prefixes of module names that do not belong to the app, but rather to third-party packages. Modules considered not part of the app will be hidden from stack traces by default.

This option can be overridden using InAppInclude.

MaxRequestBodySize

This parameter controls whether integrations should capture HTTP request bodies. It can be set to one of the following values:

  • never: Request bodies are never sent.
  • small: Only small request bodies will be captured. The cutoff for small depends on the SDK (typically 4KB).
  • medium: Medium and small requests will be captured (typically 10KB).
  • always: The SDK will always capture the request body as long as Sentry can make sense of it.

Hooks

These options can be used to hook the SDK in various ways to customize the reporting of events.

BeforeSend

This function is called with an SDK-specific event object, and can return a modified event object or nothing to skip reporting the event. This can be used, for instance, for manual PII stripping before sending.

BeforeBreadcrumb

This function is called with an SDK-specific breadcrumb object before the breadcrumb is added to the scope. When nothing is returned from the function, the breadcrumb is dropped. To pass the breadcrumb through, return the first argument, which contains the breadcrumb object. The callback typically gets a second argument (called a "hint") which contains the original object from which the breadcrumb was created to further customize what the breadcrumb should look like.

Transport Options

Transports are used to send events to Sentry. Transports can be customized to some degree to better support highly specific deployments.

Transport

Switches out the transport used to send events. How this works depends on the SDK. It can, for instance, be used to capture events for unit-testing or to send it through some more complex setup that requires proxy authentication.

HttpProxy

When set, a proxy can be configured that should be used for outbound requests. This is also used for HTTPS requests unless a separate https-proxy is configured. However, not all SDKs support a separate HTTPS proxy. SDKs will attempt to default to the system-wide configured proxy, if possible. For instance, on Unix systems, the http_proxy environment variable will be picked up.

CacheDirectoryPath

Specifies a local directory used for caching payloads. When this option is enabled (that is, when the directory is set), the Sentry SDK will persist envelopes locally before sending to Sentry. This configuration option is particularly useful if you expect your application to run in environments where internet connectivity is limited.

Default: not set (caching is disabled).

Client SDKs built on top of the Sentry SDK for .NET, such Xamarin and Unity, have this feature enabled by default. For example in Unity, the default value is Application.persistentDataPath. You can disable offline caching by setting it to null.

InitCacheFlushTimeout

When caching is enabled (that is, CacheDirectoryPath is set), this option controls the timeout that limits how long the SDK will attempt to flush existing cache during initialization. Note that flushing the cache involves sending the payload to Sentry in a blocking operation. Setting this option to zero means that Sentry will not attempt to flush the cache during initialization, but instead will do so when the next payload is queued up.

The default is 1 (one) second.

ShutdownTimeout

Controls how many seconds to wait before shutting down. Sentry SDKs send events from a background queue. This queue is given a certain amount to drain pending events. The default is SDK specific but typically around two seconds. Setting this value too low may cause problems for sending events from command line applications. Setting the value too high will cause the application to block for a long time for users experiencing network connectivity problems.

Tracing Options

TracesSampleRate

A number between 0 and 1, controlling the percentage chance a given transaction will be sent to Sentry. (0 represents 0% while 1 represents 100%.) Applies equally to all transactions created in the app. Either this or TracesSampler must be defined to enable tracing.

TracesSampler

A function responsible for determining the percentage chance a given transaction will be sent to Sentry. It will automatically be passed information about the transaction and the context in which it's being created, and must return a number between 0 (0% chance of being sent) and 1 (100% chance of being sent). Can also be used for filtering transactions, by returning 0 for those that are unwanted. Either this or TracesSampleRate must be defined to enable tracing.

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