Filtering

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.

The Sentry SDKs have several configuration options to help you filter out events.

We also offer Inbound Filters to filter events in sentry.io. We recommend filtering at the client level though, because it removes the overhead of sending events you don't actually want. Learn more about the fields available in an event.

Filtering Error Events

Configure your SDK to filter error events by using the beforeSend callback method and configuring, enabling, or disabling integrations.

Using beforeSend

All Sentry SDKs support the beforeSend callback method. beforeSend is called immediately before the event is sent to the server, so it’s the final place where you can edit its data. It receives the event object as a parameter, so you can use that to modify the event’s data or drop it completely (by returning null) based on custom logic and the data available on the event.

In the Laravel config a function can be used to modify the event or return a completely new one. If you return null, the event will be discarded.

config/sentry.php
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'before_send' => function (\Sentry\Event $event): ?\Sentry\Event {
  return $event;
},

Note also that breadcrumbs can be filtered, as discussed in our Breadcrumbs documentation.

Event Hints

The before-send callback is passed both the event and a second argument, hint, that holds one or more hints.

Typically a hint holds the original exception so that additional data can be extracted or grouping is affected. In this example, the fingerprint is forced to a common value if an exception of a certain type has been caught:

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\Sentry\init([
  'dsn' => 'https://examplePublicKey@o0.ingest.sentry.io/0',
  'before_send' => function (\Sentry\Event $event, ?\Sentry\EventHint $hint): ?\Sentry\Event {
    // Ignore the event if the original exception is an instance of MyException
    if ($hint !== null && $hint->exception instanceof MyException) {
      return null;
    }
    
    return $event;
  },
]);

When the SDK creates an event or breadcrumb for transmission, that transmission is typically created from some sort of source object. For instance, an error event is typically created from a log record or exception instance. For better customization, SDKs send these objects to certain callbacks (beforeSendbeforeBreadcrumb or the event processor system in the SDK).

Using Hints

Hints are available in two places:

  1. beforeSend / beforeBreadcrumb
  2. eventProcessors

Event and breadcrumb hints are objects containing various information used to put together an event or a breadcrumb. Typically hints hold the original exception so that additional data can be extracted or grouping can be affected.

For events, such as event_idoriginalException, syntheticException (used internally to generate cleaner stack trace), and any other arbitrary data that you attach.

For breadcrumbs, the use of hints is implementation dependent. For XHR requests, the hint contains the xhr object itself; for user interactions the hint contains the DOM element and event name and so forth.

In this example, the fingerprint is forced to a common value if an exception of a certain type has been caught:

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\Sentry\init([
  'dsn' => 'https://examplePublicKey@o0.ingest.sentry.io/0',
  'before_send' => function (\Sentry\Event $event, ?\Sentry\EventHint $hint): ?\Sentry\Event {
    if ($hint !== null && $hint->exception instanceof MyException) {
      $event->setFingerprint(['my-exception'])
    }
    
    return $event;
  },
]);

Hints for Events

originalException
The original exception that caused the Sentry SDK to create the event. This is useful for changing how the Sentry SDK groups events or to extract additional information.

syntheticException
When a string or a non-error object is raised, Sentry creates a synthetic exception so you can get a basic stack trace. This exception is stored here for further data extraction.

Hints for Breadcrumbs

event
For breadcrumbs created from browser events, the Sentry SDK often supplies the event to the breadcrumb as a hint. This, for instance, can be used to extract data from the target DOM element into a breadcrumb.

level / input
For breadcrumbs created from console log interceptions. This holds the original console log level and the original input data to the log function.

response / input
For breadcrumbs created from HTTP requests. This holds the response object (from the fetch API) and the input parameters to the fetch function.

request / response / event
For breadcrumbs created from HTTP requests. This holds the request and response object (from the node HTTP API) as well as the node event (response or error).

xhr
For breadcrumbs created from HTTP requests done via the legacy XMLHttpRequest API. This holds the original xhr object.

Using Sampling to Filter Transaction Events

To prevent certain transactions from being reported to Sentry, use the traces_sampler configuration option, which allows you to provide a function to evaluate the current transaction and drop it if it's not one you want. (It also allows you to sample different transactions at different rates.)

Note: The traces_sampler and traces_sample_rate config options are mutually exclusive. If you define a traces_sampler to filter out certain transactions, you must also handle the case of non-filtered transactions by returning the rate at which you'd like them sampled.

In its simplest form, used just for filtering the transaction, it looks like this:

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\Sentry\init([
  'dsn' => 'https://examplePublicKey@o0.ingest.sentry.io/0',
  'traces_sampler' => function (\Sentry\Tracing\SamplingContext $context): float {
    if ($context->getParentSampled()) {
        // If the parent transaction (for example a JavaScript front-end) 
        // is sampled, also sample the current transaction
        return 1.0;
    }
      
    if (some_condition()) {
        // Drop this transaction, by setting its sample rate to 0
        return 0;
    }
    
    // Default sample rate for all other transactions
    return 0.25;
  },
]);

Learn more about configuring the sample rate.

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