Releases & Health

A release is a version of your code that is deployed to an environment. When you give Sentry information about your releases, you can:

  • Determine issues and regressions introduced in a new release
  • Predict which commit caused an issue and who is likely responsible
  • Resolve issues by including the issue number in your commit message
  • Receive email notifications when your code gets deployed

Additionally, releases are used for applying source maps to minified JavaScript to view original, untransformed source code.

Bind the Version

Include a release ID (often called a "version") when you initialize the SDK.

The release name cannot:

  • contain newlines, tabulator characters, forward slashes(/) or back slashes(\)
  • be (in their entirety) period (.), double period (..), or space ( )
  • exceed 200 characters

The value can be arbitrary, but we recommend either of these naming strategies:

  • Semantic Versioning: package@version or package@version+build (for example, my.project.name@2.3.12+1234)
    • package is the unique identifier of the project/app (CFBundleIdentifier on iOS, packageName on Android)
    • version is the semver-like structure <major>.<minor?>.<patch?>.<revision?>-<prerelease?> (CFBundleShortVersionString on iOS, versionName on Android)
    • build is the number that identifies an iteration of your app (CFBundleVersion on iOS, versionCode on Android)
  • Commit SHA: If you use a version control system like Git, we recommend using the identifying hash (for example, the commit SHA, da39a3ee5e6b4b0d3255bfef95601890afd80709). You can let Sentry CLI automatically determine this hash for supported version control systems. Learn more in our Sentry CLI documentation.

Setting a Release

You will also need to pass a distribution to dist for events to be attributed correctly to a release. Usually this value is the build number, for example 52. This value needs to be unique to only each release.

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Sentry.init({
  release: "my-project-name@2.3.12",
  dist: "52",
});

How you make the release name (or version) available to your code is up to you. For example, you could use an environment variable that is set during the build process or during initial start-up.

Setting the release name tags each event with that release name. We recommend that you tell Sentry about a new release before sending events with that release name, as this will unlock a few more features. Learn more in our Releases documentation.

If you don't tell Sentry about a new release, Sentry will automatically create a release entity in the system the first time it sees an event with that release ID.

After configuring your SDK, you can install a repository integration or manually supply Sentry with your own commit metadata. Read our documentation about setting up releases for further information about integrations, associating commits, and telling Sentry when deploying releases.

Release Health

Monitor the health of releases by observing user adoption, usage of the application, percentage of crashes, and session data. Release health will provide insight into the impact of crashes and bugs as it relates to user experience, and reveal trends with each new issue through the Release Details graphs and filters.

In order to monitor release health, the SDK sends session data.

Sessions

A session represents the interaction between the user and the application. Sessions contain a timestamp, a duration, a status (if the session was OK or if it crashed), and are always linked to a release. Most Sentry SDKs can manage sessions automatically.

To benefit from the health data, you must use at least version 1.4.0 of the React Native SDK and enable the collection of the release health data in the initialization options of the SDK.

We mark the session as an error if the SDK captures an event that contains an exception (this includes manually captured errors) or an unhandled promise rejection, but for unhandled errors and native crashes (Android and iOS), they will be marked as crashed.

By default, the SDK sends sessions. To disable this, set the enableAutoSessionTracking flag to false:

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Sentry.init({
  enableAutoSessionTracking: false, // default: true
});

The session terminates once the application is in the background for more than 30 seconds. To change the timeout, use the option sessionTrackingIntervalMillis. For example:

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import * as Sentry from "@sentry/react-native";

Sentry.init({
  dsn: "https://examplePublicKey@o0.ingest.sentry.io/0",
  enableAutoSessionTracking: true,
  // Sessions close after app is 10 seconds in the background.
  sessionTrackingIntervalMillis: 10000,
});

For more details, see the full documentation on release health.

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