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Appwrite: error logging with sentry

Appwrite: error logging with sentry

Integrate sentry into appwrite

Bence Hornyák
·Feb 4, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Importance of using error trackers
  • Integrate sentry into appwrite
  • Closing thoughts
  • Thank you for reading, and let's connect!

With the recent appwrite version 0.12.0 it is now possible to integrate external logging providers into appwrite. With that you can catch unhandled exceptions and fix them or report them to the appwrite team.

Importance of using error trackers

As software engineers we try to think about the unexpected and try to prepare our software to handle every sort of input, but there are edge cases and sometimes the unexpected can happen. That's why you need to capture those events and respond to them.

Some benefits using error trackers:

  • Faster response time to your issues - this means happier customers which is always a good thing
  • Learn - you can always iterate your software, learn from your mistakes, so your future self doesn't make the same mistake

So why Sentry?

Sentry has:

  • an easy to use issues UI - you can query them, assign team members to take care of them and many more feature is provided
  • a great integrations with your favourite git servers (gitlab, github, bitbucket) and many more integration options which eases your life
  • a self hosted option

Sentry has a lot more to offer - make sure to check out the docs!

Integrate sentry into appwrite

To integrate sentry into appwrite you need to find your appwrite folder, it is located in the folder where you issued the install command. After you located that cd into the folder and change _APP_LOGGING_PROVIDER and _APP_LOGGING_CONFIG in the .env file like in the example:

code_sentry_config.png

The config also supports self hosted sentry then you would have to define the url for your installation as the third part separated with a ; character.

The provider is self explanatory I think 😀

The _APP_LOGGING_CONFIG is a bit more tricky to get. The first part is from your sentry DSN key before the @ character. The second part is your projectId which is the last part of your DSN key after the last /.

After you've setup all your keys sucessfully you'll need to restart appwrite.

To do that you'll need the following commands:

$ docker-compose stop
$ docker-compose up -d

Now to get an error we have to trigger one, I looked into appwrite repo and triggered this one: github.com/appwrite/appwrite/issues/2722 ... Keep in mind that when you read this it might have been resolved. 😊

If the error is still present you can trigger the same error with following code snippet:


        // Init your Web SDK
        const appwrite = new Appwrite();

        appwrite
            .setEndpoint('http://localhost/v1')
            .setProject('[ProjectID]');

        let promise = appwrite.database.listDocuments('[CollectionID]', undefined, 1, undefined, undefined, undefined, ["$id"], ["DESC"]);

        promise.then(function (response) {
            console.log(response); // Success
        }, function (error) {
            console.log(error); // Failure
        });

Example result of a logged error:
screencapture-sentry-io-organizations-bence-hornyak-issues-2979315844-2022-02-04-11_47_25.png

Aaand there we go. You now succesfully setup your appwrite sentry integration.

Closing thoughts

As you can see it is fairly easy and quick to integrate sentry into your appwrite installation. I would suggest to give it a try! 😊

Thank you for reading, and let's connect!

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