To use Sentry with your React application, you will need to use @sentry/react (Sentry’s Browser React SDK).

Add the Sentry SDK as a dependency using yarn or npm:

# Using yarn
$ yarn add @sentry/react

# Using npm
$ npm install @sentry/react

Connecting the SDK to Sentry

After you’ve completed setting up a project in Sentry, Sentry will give you a value which we call a DSN or Data Source Name. It looks a lot like a standard URL, but it’s just a representation of the configuration required by the Sentry SDKs. It consists of a few pieces, including the protocol, public key, the server address, and the project identifier.

You should init the Sentry browser SDK as soon as possible during your application load up, before initializing React:

import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import * as Sentry from '@sentry/react';
import App from './App';

Sentry.init({dsn: "___PUBLIC_DSN___"});

ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('root'));

On its own, @sentry/react will report any uncaught exceptions triggered by your application.

You can trigger your first event from your development environment by raising an exception somewhere within your application. An example of this would be rendering a button:

return <button onClick={methodDoesNotExist}>Break the world</button>;

Error Boundaries

If you’re using React 16 or above, Error Boundaries are an essential tool for defining your application’s behavior in the face of errors. The @sentry/react package exposes an error boundary component that automatically sends JavaScript errors from inside a React component tree to Sentry.

In the example below, when the component hits an error, the component will send data about that error and the component tree to Sentry, open a user feedback dialog, and render a fallback UI.

import React from 'react';
import * as Sentry from '@sentry/react';

import {Example} from '../example';

function FallbackComponent() {
  return (
    <div>An error has occured</div>

class App extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <Sentry.ErrorBoundary fallback={FallbackComponent} showDialog>
        <Example />

export default App;

ErrorBoundary Options

The ErrorBoundary component exposes a variety of props that can be passed in for extra configuration. There are no required options, but we highly recommend that you set a fallback component.

showDialog (boolean)

If a Sentry User Feedback Widget should be rendered when the Error Boundary catches an error.

dialogOptions (Object)

Options that are passed into the Sentry User Feedback Widget. See all possible customization options here

fallback (React.ReactNode or Function)

A fallback component that gets rendered when the error boundary encounters an error. You can can either provide a React Component, or a function that returns a React Component as a valid fallback prop. If you provide a function, Sentry will call the function with the error and the component stack at the time of the error.

onError (Function)

A function that gets called when the Error Boundary encounters an error. onError is useful if you want to propagate the error into a state management library like Redux, or if you want to check any side effects that could have occurred due to the error.

onMount (Function)

A function that gets called on ErrorBoundary componentDidMount()

onUnmount (Function)

A function that gets called on ErrorBoundary componentWillUnmount()

ErrorBoundary Usage

Setting a Fallback Function (Render Props)

Below is an example where a fallback prop, using the render props approach, is used to display a fallback UI on error, and gracefully return to a standard component state when reset.

import React from 'react';
import * as Sentry from '@sentry/react';

class App extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      message: "This is my app",

  render() {
    return (
      <Sentry.ErrorBoundary fallback={({ error, componentStack, resetError }) => (
            <div>You have encountered an error</div>
              onClick={() => {
                this.setState({ message: "This is my app" });
              Click here to reset!
        {/* on click, this button sets an Object as a message, not a string. */}
        {/* which will cause an error to occur in the component tree */}
        <button onClick={() => this.setState({ message: {text: "Hello World"} })}>Click here to change message!</button>

export default App;