Retention Priorities

While storing all your data makes sense at relatively low volumes, as your application scales, storing a raw copy of all your data has diminishing returns. When data reaches high volumes, Sentry begins to automatically prioritize retaining certain transactions over others with server-side data retention strategies called retention priorities.

It's important to note that even when we begin to only store the most valuable data based on retention priorities, the performance metrics you see are still based on all the events you send to Sentry. This ensures that you get a full and complete view of your application's health.


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Retention Priorities

Below is a list of the transactions we prioritize and deprioritize. They are enabled by default, but can be updated on a per-

projectRepresents your service in Sentry and allows you to scope events to a distinct application.
basis to better fit your organization's needs.

Prioritized Transactions

Sentry automatically prioritizes and retains the following types of transactions:

Latest Release

Latest releases are a retention priority because when you create a new release, we assume you'll want to have more visibility during the early adoption phase, which improves your ability to catch new issues as your release is gaining traction. Because you may want to deploy the same release in different environments, we'll also take your environment into account and prioritize those transactions.

Dev Environments

Since dev environments usually generate a small number of transactions as compared to prod environments, we prioritize them during your testing phase so you can get meaningful insights. We consider an environment to be a dev environment if its name matches one of the following glob pattterns:

  • *debug*
  • *dev*
  • *local*
  • *qa*
  • *test*

Low Volume Projects

Some projects within your organization are very high volume compared to others. This means that low-volume projects might get drowned out if we treat all projects equally. To ensure that you have enough samples regardless of project scale, we prioritize low-volume projects.

Low Volume Transactions

Transactions can be logically grouped by their name within a

projectRepresents your service in Sentry and allows you to scope events to a distinct application.
. This means that transactions with the same name most likely indicate the same operation or code path, while transactions with different names usually indicate different operations. We prioritize low-volume transactions for the same reason we prioritize low-volume projects – so they don't get drowned out by high-volume transactions. We want to make sure that transactions representing low-volume code paths are sampled in enough quantities to generate a complete view of your application.

Deprioritized Transactions

Sentry automatically deprioritizes the following transactions:

Health Checks

We deprioritize health check type transactions because while they're important for checking the stability of your application, they don't have any value beyond the task associated with them. We consider a transaction to be a health check if its name matches one of the following glob patterns:

  • *healthcheck*
  • *heartbeat*
  • */health
  • */healthy
  • */healthz
  • */live
  • */livez
  • */ready
  • */readyz
  • */ping

How to Change Retention Priorities

To make changes to a

projectRepresents your service in Sentry and allows you to scope events to a distinct application.
's retention priorities in Sentry, go to Settings > Projects, select the project you're interested in, then scroll down to "Performance" in the "PROCESSING" section and make any updates under "RETENTION PRIORITIES" using the toggles. Each of your projects can have an individual set of retention priorities.

Deciding on Your SDK Sample Rate

To give Sentry the fullest, most accurate picture of your application’s health, we recommend that you send us 100% of your transactions. You can do this by setting your tracesSampleRate to 1.0. If this isn't feasible for your organization, set a lower value, or switch to sampling selectively by using the tracesSampler to filter your transactions based on contextual data. Note that when calculating throughput, transaction metering is based on received transactions not stored transactions.

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