If you are using yarn or npm, you can add our package as a dependency:

# Using yarn
$ yarn add @sentry/node@5.19.1

# Using npm
$ npm install @sentry/node@5.19.1

Sentry should be initialized as early in your app as possible.

import express from 'express';
import * as Sentry from '@sentry/node';

// or using CommonJS
// const express = require('express');
// const Sentry = require('@sentry/node');

const app = express();

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

// The request handler must be the first middleware on the app

// All controllers should live here
app.get('/', function rootHandler(req, res) {
  res.end('Hello world!');

// The error handler must be before any other error middleware and after all controllers

// Optional fallthrough error handler
app.use(function onError(err, req, res, next) {
  // The error id is attached to `res.sentry` to be returned
  // and optionally displayed to the user for support.
  res.statusCode = 500;
  res.end(res.sentry + "\n");


You can verify the Sentry integration by creating a route that will throw an error:

app.get('/debug-sentry', function mainHandler(req, res) {
  throw new Error('My first Sentry error!');

requestHandler accepts some options that let you decide what data should be included in the event sent to Sentry.

Possible options are:

// keys to be extracted from req
request?: boolean | string[]; // default: true = ['cookies', 'data', 'headers', 'method', 'query_string', 'url']
// server name
serverName?: boolean; // default: true
// generate transaction name
//   path == request.path (eg. "/foo")
//   methodPath == request.method + request.path (eg. "GET|/foo")
//   handler == function name (eg. "fooHandler")
transaction?: boolean | 'path' | 'methodPath' | 'handler'; // default: true = 'methodPath'
// keys to be extracted from req.user
user?: boolean | string[]; // default: true = ['id', 'username', 'email']
// client ip address
ip?: boolean; // default: false
// node version
version?: boolean; // default: true
// timeout for fatal route errors to be delivered
flushTimeout?: number; // default: undefined

For example, if you want to skip the server name and add just user, you would use requestHandler like this:

  serverName: false,
  user: ['email']

By default, errorHandler will capture only errors with a status code of 500 or higher. If you want to change it, provide it with the shouldHandleError callback, which accepts middleware errors as its argument and decides, whether an error should be sent or not, by returning an appropriate boolean value.

  shouldHandleError(error) {
    // Capture all 404 and 500 errors
    if (error.status === 404 || error.status === 500) {
      return true
    return false

If you use TypeScript, you need to cast our handlers to express specific types. They are fully compatible, so the only things you need to change are:

// from
const express = require('express');
// to
import * as express from 'express';

// from
// to
app.use(Sentry.Handlers.requestHandler() as express.RequestHandler);

// from
// to
app.use(Sentry.Handlers.errorHandler() as express.ErrorRequestHandler);


When capturing errors locally, ensure that your project’s data filter for filtering localhost events is toggled off:

This ensures that errors produced by your browser (such as errors produced by HTTP methods) are properly captured.

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