Error Tracking (FREE)
Error Tracking allows developers to easily discover and view the errors that their application may be generating. By surfacing error information where the code is being developed, efficiency and awareness can be increased.
How error tracking works
For error tracking to work, you need two pieces:
Your application with Sentry SDK: when the error happens, Sentry SDK captures information about it and sends it over the network to the backend. The backend stores information about all errors.
Error tracking backend: the backend can be either GitLab itself or Sentry. When it's GitLab, we name it integrated error tracking because you don't need to set up a separate backend. It's already part of the product.
- To use the GitLab backend, see integrated error tracking.
- To use Sentry as the backend, see Sentry error tracking.
No matter what backend you choose, the error tracking UI is the same.
Sentry error tracking
Sentry is an open source error tracking system. GitLab allows administrators to connect Sentry to GitLab, to allow users to view a list of Sentry errors in GitLab.
You can sign up to the cloud hosted Sentry or deploy your own on-premise instance.
GitLab provides an easy way to connect Sentry to your project. You need at least Maintainer permissions to enable the Sentry integration.
- Sign up to Sentry.io or deploy your own Sentry instance.
- Create a new Sentry project. For each GitLab project that you want to integrate, we recommend that you create a new Sentry project.
- Find or generate a Sentry auth token.
For the SaaS version of Sentry, you can find or generate the auth token at https://sentry.io/api/.
Make sure to give the token at least the following scopes:
event:write(for resolving events).
- In GitLab, enable error tracking:
- On the top bar, select Main menu > Projects and find your project.
- On the left sidebar, select Monitor > Error Tracking.
- Select Enable error tracking.
- In GitLab, ensure error tracking is active.
- On the left sidebar, select Settings > Monitor.
- Expand Error Tracking.
- Ensure the Active checkbox is selected.
- In the Sentry API URL box, enter your Sentry hostname. For example, enter
https://sentry.example.com. For the SaaS version of Sentry, the hostname is
- In the Auth Token box, enter the token you previously generated.
- To test the connection to Sentry and populate the Project dropdown list, select Connect.
- From the Project list, choose a Sentry project to link to your GitLab project.
- Select Save changes.
You can now visit Monitor > Error Tracking in your project's sidebar to view a list of Sentry errors.
Enabling GitLab issues links
You may also want to enable Sentry's GitLab integration by following the steps in the Sentry documentation
Enable GitLab Runner
To configure GitLab Runner with Sentry, you must add the value for
sentry_dsn to your GitLab
config.toml configuration file, as referenced in GitLab Runner Advanced Configuration.
While setting up Sentry, select Go if you're asked for the project type.
If you see the following error in your GitLab Runner logs, then you should specify the deprecated DSN in Sentry.io > Project Settings > Client Keys (DSN) > Show deprecated DSN.
ERROR: Sentry failure builds=0 error=raven: dsn missing private key
Error Tracking List
Users with at least Reporter permissions can find the Error Tracking list at Monitor > Error Tracking in your project's sidebar. Here, you can filter errors by title or by status (one of Ignored , Resolved, or Unresolved) and sort in descending order by Frequency, First Seen, or Last Seen. By default, the error list is ordered by Last Seen and filtered to Unresolved errors.
From error list, users can navigate to the error details page by selecting the title of any error.
This page has:
- A link to the Sentry issue.
- A link to the GitLab commit if the Sentry release ID/version on the Sentry Issue's first release matches a commit SHA in your GitLab hosted project.
- Other details about the issue, including a full stack trace.
- In GitLab 12.7 and newer, language and urgency are displayed.
By default, a Create issue button is displayed:
If you create a GitLab issue from the error, the Create issue button changes to a View issue button and a link to the GitLab issue displays within the error detail section.
Taking Action on errors
You can take action on Sentry Errors from within the GitLab UI. Marking errors ignored or resolved require at least Developer role.
Introduced in GitLab 12.7.
From within the Error Details page you can ignore a Sentry error by selecting the Ignore button near the top of the page.
Ignoring an error prevents it from appearing in the Error Tracking List, and silences notifications that were set up within Sentry.
Introduced in GitLab 12.7.
From within the Error Details page you can resolve a Sentry error by selecting the Resolve button near the top of the page.
Marking an error as resolved indicates that the error has stopped firing events. If a GitLab issue is linked to the error, then the issue closes.
If another event occurs, the error reverts to unresolved.
Integrated error tracking (FREE SAAS)
- Introduced in GitLab 14.4.
- Disabled in GitLab 14.9 with a flag named
integrated_error_tracking. Disabled by default.
- Enabled on GitLab.com in GitLab 15.6.
NOTE: Available only on GitLab.com. This feature is currently in Open Beta.
Integrated error tracking is a lightweight alternative to Sentry backend. You still use Sentry SDK with your application. But you don't need to deploy Sentry or set up for cloud-hosted Sentry. Instead, you use GitLab as a backend for it.
Sentry backend automatically assigns a Data Source Name (DSN) for every project you create. GitLab does the same. You should be able to find a DSN for your project in the GitLab error tracking settings. By using a GitLab-provided DSN, your application connects to GitLab to report an error. Those errors are stored in the GitLab database and rendered by the GitLab UI, in the same way as Sentry integration.
In GitLab 15.6 and later, the integrated error tracking uses a new backend based on the ClickHouse database that enables better scalability. Integrated error tracking remains limited in comparison to the Sentry backend, as only a small subset of the Sentry API is implemented.
Changing the GitLab error UI to use the GitLab Observability UI is tracked in epic 19.
You can find the feature configuration at Settings > Monitor > Error Tracking.
How to enable
Select GitLab as the error tracking backend for your project:
Select Save changes. After page reload you should see a text field with the DSN string. Copy it.
Take the DSN from the previous step and configure your Sentry SDK with it. Errors are now reported to the GitLab collector and are visible in the GitLab UI.
When you enable the feature you receive a DSN. It includes a hash used for authentication. This hash is a client key. GitLab uses client keys to authenticate error tracking requests from your application to the GitLab backend.
In some situations, you may want to create a new client key and remove an existing one. You can do so by managing client keys with the error tracking API.
The Integrated Error Tracking feature was built and tested with Sentry SDK for Ruby on Rails. Support for other languages and frameworks is not guaranteed. For up-to-date information, see the compatibility issue.