The open source, self-hosted error catcher
Errbit is a tool for collecting and managing errors from other applications.
It is Airbrake (formerly known as Hoptoad) API compliant,
so if you are already using Airbrake, you can just point the
airbrake gem to your Errbit server.
Errbit may be a good fit for you if:
- Your exceptions may contain sensitive data that you don’t want sitting on someone else’s server
- Your application is behind a firewall
- You’d like to brand your error catcher
- You want to add customer features to your error catcher
- You’re crazy and love managing servers
If this doesn’t sound like you, you should probably stick with a hosted service such as Airbrake.
Join the Google Group at https://groups.google.com/group/errbit to receive updates and notifications.
There is a demo available at http://errbit-demo.herokuapp.com/
The list of requirements to install Errbit are :
- Ruby 1.9.3 or higher
- MongoDB 2.2.0 or higher
Errbit uses Ruby 2.0.0 as a default. However, it is compatible with Ruby 1.9.3 and above.
Note: This app is intended for people with experience deploying and maintaining Rails applications. If you’re uncomfortable with any steps below then Errbit is not for you.
Set up your local box or server(Ubuntu):
- Install MongoDB. Follow the directions here, then:
apt-get update apt-get install mongodb-10gen
- Install libxml, libzip, libssl and libcurl
apt-get install libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libzip-dev libssl-dev
- Install Bundler
gem install bundler
- Install dependencies
- Bootstrap Errbit. This will copy over config.yml and also seed the database.
Update the config.yml and mongoid.yml files with information about your environment
- Update the
config.ymlfile with information about your server
- Setup server and deploy
cap deploy:setup deploy db:create_mongoid_indexes
(Note: The capistrano deploy script will automatically generate a unique secret token.)
Deploying to Heroku:
- Clone the repository
git clone http://github.com/errbit/errbit.git
db/seeds.rbwith admin credentials for your initial login.
Create & configure for Heroku
gem install heroku heroku create example-errbit # If you really want, you can define your stack and your buildpack. the default is good to us : # heroku create example-errbit --stack cedar --buildpack https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-ruby.git heroku addons:add mongolab:sandbox heroku addons:add sendgrid:starter heroku config:add HEROKU=true heroku config:add SECRET_TOKEN="$(bundle exec rake secret)" heroku config:add ERRBIT_HOST=some-hostname.example.com heroku config:add ERRBIT_EMAIL_FROMfirstname.lastname@example.org git push heroku master
- Seed the DB (NOTE: No bootstrap task is used on Heroku!) and create index
heroku run rake db:seed heroku run rake db:mongoid:create_indexes
If you are using a free database on Heroku, you may want to periodically clear resolved errors to free up space.
- With the heroku-scheduler add-on (replacement for cron):
# Install the heroku scheduler add-on heroku addons:add scheduler:standard # Go open the dashboard to schedule the job. You should use # 'rake errbit:db:clear_resolved' as the task command, and schedule it # at whatever frequency you like (once/day should work great). heroku addons:open scheduler
- With the cron add-on:
# Install the heroku cron addon, to clear resolved errors daily: heroku addons:add cron:daily
- Or clear resolved errors manually:
heroku run rake errbit:db:clear_resolved
You may want to enable the deployment hook for heroku :
heroku addons:add deployhooks:http --url="http://YOUR_ERRBIT_HOST/deploys.txt?api_key=YOUR_API_KEY"
- You may also want to configure a different secret token for each deploy:
heroku config:add SECRET_TOKEN=some-secret-token
Configuring GitHub authentication:
- Register your instance of Errbit at: https://github.com/settings/applications
If you hosted Errbit at errbit.example.com, you would fill in:
- After you have registered your app, set
config/config.ymlwith your app’s Client ID and Secret key.
After you have followed these instructions, you will be able to Sign in with GitHub on the Login page.
You will also be able to link your GitHub profile to your user account on your Edit profile page.
If you have signed in with GitHub, or linked your GitHub profile, and the App has a GitHub repo configured, then you will be able to create issues on GitHub. You will still be able to create an issue on the App’s configured issue tracker.
You can change the requested account permissions by setting
|['repo']||Allow creating issues for public and private repos.|
|['public_repo']||Only allow creating issues for public repos.|
|||No permission to create issues on any repos.|
GitHub authentication when served on Heroku
You will need to set up Heroku variables accordingly as described in Configuring GitHub authentication:
heroku config:add GITHUB_AUTHENTICATION=true
heroku config:add GITHUB_CLIENT_ID=the_client_id_provided_by_GitHub
heroku config:add GITHUB_SECRET=the_secret_provided_by_GitHub
- GITHUB_ACCESS_SCOPE - set only one scope
public_repo. If you really need to put more than one, separate them with comma.
heroku config:add GITHUB_ACCESS_SCOPE=repo,public_repo
- GITHUB_ORG_ID [optional] - If set, any user of the specified GitHub Organization can login. If it is their first time, an account will automatically be created for them.
heroku config:add GITHUB_ORG_ID=1234567
Note: To avoid restarting your Heroku app 4 times you can set Heroku variables in a single command, i.e:
heroku config:add GITHUB_AUTHENTICATION=true \ GITHUB_CLIENT_ID=the_client_id_provided_by_GitHub \ GITHUB_SECRET=the_secret_provided_by_GitHub \ GITHUB_ACCESS_SCOPE=repo,public_repo
Configuring LDAP authentication:
- Follow the instructions at https://github.com/cschiewek/devise_ldap_authenticatable to set up the devise_ldap_authenticatable gem.
- Ensure to set
config.ldap_create_user = truein
config/initializers/devise.rb, this enables creating the users from LDAP, otherwhise login will not work.
- Create a new initializer (e.g.
config/initializers/devise_ldap.rb) and add the following code to enable ldap authentication in the User-model:
Errbit::Config.devise_modules << :ldap_authenticatable
- If you are authenticating by
username, you will need to set the user’s email manually before authentication. You must add the following lines to
def ldap_before_save name = Devise::LDAP::Adapter.get_ldap_param(self.username, "givenName") surname = Devise::LDAP::Adapter.get_ldap_param(self.username, "sn") mail = Devise::LDAP::Adapter.get_ldap_param(self.username, "mail") self.name = (name + surname).join ' ' self.email = mail.first end
- Now login with your user from LDAP, this will create a user in the database
- Open a rails console and set the admin flag for your user:
user = User.first user.admin = true user.save!
When upgrading Errbit, please run:
git pull origin master # assuming origin is the github.com/errbit/errbit repo bundle install rake db:migrate rake assets:precompile
This will ensure that your application stays up to date with any schema changes.
Upgrading errbit from version 0.2 to 0.3
The MongoDB connection file
config/mongoid.yml has changed between version 0.2 and
0.3. We have provided a new example configuration file to use at
This change is not needed if you use ENV variables to define access to your MongoDB database.
User information in error reports
Errbit can now display information about the user who experienced an error. This gives you the ability to ask the user for more information, and let them know when you’ve fixed the bug.
If you are running a Rails application and would like to include information
about the current user in your error reports, you can replace the
gem in your Gemfile with
This gem is a wrapper around the
airbrake gem and will automatically
inject information about the user into any error reports,
so long as your controllers respond to a
The user’s attributes are filtered to remove authentication fields.
If user information is received with an error report, it will be displayed under the User Details tab:
(This tab will be hidden if no user information is available.)
Using custom fingerprinting methods
Errbit allows you to use your own Fingerprinting Strategy.
If you are upgrading from a very old version of errbit, you can use the
LegacyFingerprint for compatibility. The fingerprint strategy can be changed by adding an initializer to errbit:
# config/fingerprint.rb ErrorReport.fingerprint_strategy = LegacyFingerprint
The easiest way to add custom fingerprint methods is to simply subclass
- Account is the name of your subdomain, i.e. litcafe for project at http://litcafe.lighthouseapp.com/projects/73466-face/overview
- Errbit uses token-based authentication. Get your API Token or visit http://help.lighthouseapp.com/kb/api/how-do-i-get-an-api-token to learn how to get it.
- Project id is number identifier of your project, i.e. 73466 for project at http://litcafe.lighthouseapp.com/projects/73466-face/overview
- Account is the host of your redmine installation, i.e. http://redmine.org
- Errbit uses token-based authentication. Get your API Key or visit http://www.redmine.org/projects/redmine/wiki/Rest_api#Authentication to learn how to get it.
- Project id is an identifier of your project, i.e. chilliproject for project at http://www.redmine.org/projects/chilliproject
Pivotal Tracker Integration
- Errbit uses token-based authentication. Get your API Key or visit http://www.pivotaltracker.com/help/api to learn how to get it.
- Project id is an identifier of your project, i.e. 24324 for project at http://www.pivotaltracker.com/projects/24324
Thoughtworks Mingle Integration
- Account is the host of your mingle installation. i.e. https://mingle.example.com note: You should use SSL if possible.
- Errbit uses ‘sign-in name’ & password authentication. You may want to set up an errbit user with limited rights.
- Project id is the identifier of your project, i.e. awesomeapp for project at https://mingle.example.com/projects/awesomeapp
- Card properties are comma separated key value pairs. You must specify a ‘card_type’, but anything else is optional, e.g.:
card_type = Defect, status = Open, priority = Essential
GitHub Issues Integration
- For ‘Account/Repository’, the account will either be a username or organization. i.e. errbit/errbit
- You will also need to provide your username and password for your GitHub account.
- (We’d really appreciate it if you wanted to help us implement OAuth instead!)
Bitbucket Issues Integration
- For ‘BITBUCKET REPO’ field, the account will either be a username or organization. i.e. errbit/errbit
- You will also need to provide your username and password for your Bitbucket account.
Gitlab Issues Integration
- Account is the host of your gitlab installation. i.e. http://gitlab.example.com
- To authenticate, Errbit uses token-based authentication. Get your API Key in your user settings (or create special user for this purpose)
- You also need to provide project ID (it needs to be Number) for issues to be created
Unfuddle Issues Integration
- Account is your unfuddle domain
- Username your unfuddle username
- Password your unfuddle password
- Project id the id of your project where your ticket is create
- Milestone id the id of your milestone where your ticket is create
Jira Issue Integration
- base_url the jira URL
- context_path Context Path (Just “/” if empty otherwise with leading slash)
- username HTTP Basic Auth User
- password HTTP Basic Auth Password
- project_id The project Key where the issue will be created
- account Assign to this user. If empty, Jira takes the project default.
- issue_component Website - Other
- issue_type Issue type
- issue_priority Priority
Allow notification to Flowdock. See complete documentation
What if Errbit has an error?
Errbit will log it’s own errors to an internal app named Self.Errbit. The Self.Errbit app will be automatically created whenever the first error happens.
If your Errbit instance has logged an error, we would appreciate a bug report on GitHub Issues. You can post this manually at https://github.com/errbit/errbit/issues, or you can set up the GitHub Issues tracker for your Self.Errbit app:
Go to the Self.Errbit app’s edit page. If that app does not exist yet, go to the apps page and click Add a new App to create it. (You can also create it by running
In the Issue Tracker section, click GitHub Issues.
Fill in the Account/Repository field with errbit/errbit.
Fill in the Username field with your github username.
If you are logged in on GitHub, you can find your API Token on this page: https://github.com/account/admin.
Save the settings by clicking Update App (or Add App)
You can now easily post bug reports to GitHub Issues by clicking the Create Issue button on a Self.Errbit error.
Use Errbit with applications written in other languages
In theory, any Airbrake-compatible error catcher for other languages should work with Errbit. Solutions known to work are listed below:
|PHP (>= 5.3)||[flippa/errbit-php](https://github.com/flippa/errbit-php)|
|OOP PHP (>= 5.3)||[emgiezet/errbitPHP](https://github.com/emgiezet/errbitPHP)|
|Python||[mkorenkov/errbit.py](https://github.com/mkorenkov/errbit.py) , [pulseenergy/airbrakepy](https://github.com/pulseenergy/airbrakepy)|
- Add ability for watchers to be configured for types of notifications they should receive
People using Errbit
See our wiki page for a list of people and companies around the world who use Errbit. Feel free to edit this page, and add your name and country to the list if you are using Errbit.
- Michael Parenteau - For rocking the Errbit design and providing a great user experience.
- Nick Recobra (@oruen) - Nick is Errbit’s first core contributor. He’s been working hard at making Errbit more awesome.
- Nathan Broadbent (@ndbroadbent) - Maintaining Errbit and contributing many features
- Vasiliy Ermolovich (@nashby) - Contributing and helping to resolve issues and pull requests
- Marcin Ciunelis (@martinciu) - Helping to improve Errbit’s architecture
- Cyril Mougel (@shingara) - Maintaining Errbit and contributing many features
- Relevance - For giving me Open-source Fridays to work on Errbit and all my awesome co-workers for giving feedback and inspiration.
- Thoughtbot - For being great open-source advocates and setting the bar with Airbrake.
See the contributors graph for further details. You can see another list of Contributors by release version on [CONTRIBUTORS.md]
Contributing to Errbit
We welcome any contributions. If you need to tweak Errbit for your organization’s needs,
there are probably other users who will appreciate your work.
Please try to determine whether or not your feature should be global or optional,
and make optional features configurable via
Examples of optional features:
- Enable / disable user comments on errors.
- Adding a
usernamefield to the User model.
How to contribute:
- Fork the project.
- Make your feature addition or bug fix.
- Add tests for it. This is important so we don’t break it in a future version unintentionally.
- Commit, do not mess with Rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself we can ignore when we pull)
- Send us a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.
- Add you on the CONTRIBUTORS.md file on the current release
More information can be found in the Errbit Advanced Developer Guide
Copyright (c) 2010-2014 Errbit Team. See LICENSE for details.