Advanced Usage

It’s possible to add extra data to events thanks to the MDC system provided by Logback.

Mapped Tags

By default all MDC parameters are stored under the “MDC” tab in Sentry.

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import org.slf4j.MDC;

void logWithExtras() {
  // MDC extras
  MDC.put("Environment", "Development");
  MDC.put("OS", "Linux");

  // This sends an event where the Environment and OS MDC values are set as MDC entries
  logger.error("This is a test");
}

Note that MDC manages data on a per-thread basis, and that a child thread does not automatically inherit MDC properties from its parent.

In Practice

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import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import org.slf4j.MDC;

public class MyClass {
  private static final Logger logger = LoggerFactory.getLogger(MyClass.class);

  void logSimpleMessage() {
    // This sends a simple event to Sentry
    logger.error("This is a test");
  }

  void logWithBreadcrumbs() {
    // Record a breadcrumb that will be sent with the next event(s),
    // by default the last 100 breadcrumbs are kept.
    Sentry.addBreadcrumb("User made an action");

    // Log entries below `minimumEventLevel` and above or equal to `minimumBreadcrumbLevel`
    // are recorded as breadcrumbs
    logger.info("User made another action");

    // This sends a simple event to Sentry
    logger.error("This is a test");
  }

  void logWithExtras() {
    // MDC extras
    MDC.put("extra_key", "extra_value");
    // This sends an event with extra data to Sentry
    logger.error("This is a test");
  }

  void logException() {
    try {
      unsafeMethod();
    } catch (Exception e) {
      // This sends an exception event to Sentry
      logger.error("Exception caught", e);
    }
  }

  void unsafeMethod() {
    throw new UnsupportedOperationException("You shouldn't call this!");
  }
}
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