Adding Sentry to your app gives you a great deal of very valuable information about errors and performance you wouldn't otherwise get. And lots of information is good -- as long as it's the right information, at a reasonable volume.
To send a representative sample of your errors to Sentry, set the
sample_rate option in your SDK configuration to a number between
0 (0% of errors sent) and
1 (100% of errors sent). This is a static rate, which will apply equally to all errors. For example, to sample 25% of your errors:
sentry_options_t *options = sentry_options_new(); sentry_options_set_sample_rate(0.25); sentry_init(options);
The error sample rate defaults to
1, meaning all errors are sent to Sentry.
Changing the error sample rate requires re-deployment. In addition, setting an SDK sample rate limits visibility into the source of events. Setting a rate limit for your
We recommend sampling your transactions for two reasons:
- Capturing a single trace involves minimal overhead, but capturing traces for every page load or every API request may add an undesirable load to your system.
- Enabling sampling allows you to better manage the number of events sent to Sentry, so you can tailor your volume to your organization's needs.
Choose a sampling rate with the goal of finding a balance between performance and volume concerns with data accuracy. You don't want to collect too much data, but you want to collect sufficient data from which to draw meaningful conclusions. If you’re not sure what rate to choose, start with a low value and gradually increase it as you learn more about your traffic patterns and volume.
The Sentry SDKs have two configuration options to control the volume of transactions sent to Sentry, allowing you to take a representative sample:
Uniform sample rate (
Sampling function (
By default, none of these options are set, meaning no transactions will be sent to Sentry. You must set either one of the options to start sending transactions.
To do this, set the
traces_sample_rate option to a number between 0 and 1. With this option set, every transaction created will have that percentage chance of being sent to Sentry. For example, if you set
0.2, approximately 20% of your transactions will be recorded and sent. That looks like this:
sentry_options_t *options = sentry_options_new(); sentry_options_set_traces_sample_rate(options, 0.2); ... sentry_init(options);
Whatever a transaction's sampling decision, that decision will be passed to its child spans and from there to any transactions they subsequently cause in other services.
(See Distributed Tracing for more about how that propagation is done.)
If the transaction currently being created is one of those subsequent transactions (in other words, if it has a parent transaction), the upstream (parent) sampling decision will be included in the sampling context data. Your
traces_sampler can use this information to choose whether to inherit that decision. In most cases, inheritance is the right choice, to avoid breaking distributed traces. A broken trace will not include all your services.
In some SDKs, for convenience, the
traces_sampler function can return a boolean, so that a parent's decision can be returned directly if that's the desired behavior.
If you're using a
traces_sample_rate rather than a
traces_sampler, the decision will always be inherited.
There are multiple ways for a transaction to end up with a sampling decision.
- Random sampling according to a static sample rate set in
- Random sampling according to a sample function rate returned by
- Absolute decision (100% chance or 0% chance) returned by
- If the transaction has a parent, inheriting its parent's sampling decision
- Absolute decision passed to
When there's the potential for more than one of these to come into play, the following precedence rules apply:
- If a sampling decision is passed to
start_transaction, that decision will be used, overriding everything else.
traces_sampleris defined, its decision will be used. It can choose to keep or ignore any parent sampling decision, use the sampling context data to make its own decision, or choose a sample rate for the transaction. We advise against overriding the parent sampling decision because it will break distributed traces)
traces_sampleris not defined, but there's a parent sampling decision, the parent sampling decision will be used.
traces_sampleris not defined and there's no parent sampling decision,
traces_sample_ratewill be used.