Monitors errors and exceptions and reports them to Ratchet.io

0.4.1 2013-01-22 05:25 UTC



PHP notifier for Ratchet.io. Catches and reports exceptions to Ratchet.io for alerts, reporting, and analysis.

// installs global error and exception handlers
Ratchetio::init(array('access_token' => 'your_access_token'));

try {
    throw new Exception('test exception');
} catch (Exception $e) {

Ratchetio::report_message('testing 123', 'info');

// raises an E_NOTICE which will be reported by the error handler
$foo = $bar;

// will be reported by the exception handler
throw new Exception('test 2');

Installation and Configuration

  1. Download the code and put ratchetio.php somewhere you can access it

  2. Add the following code at your application's entry point:

require_once 'ratchetio.php';

$config = array(
    // required
    'access_token' => 'your_ratchetio_access_token',
    // optional - environment name. any string will do.
    'environment' => 'production',
    // optional - dir your code is in. used for linking stack traces.
    'root' => '/Users/brian/www/myapp',
    // optional - max error number to report. defaults to -1 (report all errors)
    'max_errno' => E_USER_NOTICE  // ignore E_STRICT and above

This will install an exception handler (with set_exception_handler) and an error handler (with set_error_handler). If you'd rather not do that:

$set_exception_handler = false;
$set_error_handler = false;
Ratchetio::init($config, $set_exception_handler, $set_error_handler);
  1. That's it! If you'd like to report exceptions that you catch yourself:
try {
} catch (Exception $e) {

You can also send ratchet log-like messages:

Ratchetio::report_message('could not connect to mysql server', 'warning');
Ratchetio::report_message('Here is a message with some additional data', 'info', 
    array('x' => 10, 'code' => 'blue'));

Configuration reference

All of the following options can be passed as keys in the $config array.

  • access_token: your project access token
  • base_api_url: the base api url to post to (default 'https://submit.ratchet.io/api/1/')
  • batch_size: flush batch early if it reaches this size. default: 50
  • batched: true to batch all reports from a single request together. default true.
  • branch: name of the current branch (default 'master')
  • capture_error_stacktraces: record full stacktraces for PHP errors. default: true.
  • environment: environment name, e.g. 'production' or 'development'
  • error_sample_rates: associative array mapping error numbers to sample rates. Sample rates are ratio out of 1, e.g. 0 is "never report", 1 is "always report", and 0.1 is "report 10% of the time". Sampling is done on a per-error basis. Default: empty array, meaning all errors are reported.
  • host: server hostname. Default: null, which will result in a call to gethostname() (or php_uname('n') if that function does not exist)
  • logger: an object that has a log($level, $message) method. If provided, will be used by RatchetioNotifier to log messages.
  • max_errno: max PHP error number to report. e.g. 1024 will ignore all errors above E_USER_NOTICE. default: 1024 (ignore E_STRICT and above).
  • person: an associative array containing data about the currently-logged in user. Required: 'id', optional: 'username', 'email'. All values are strings.
  • person_fn: a function reference (string, etc. - anything that call_user_func() can handle) returning an array like the one for 'person'.
  • root: path to your project's root dir
  • scrub_fields: array of field names to scrub out of POST. Values will be replaced with astrickses. If overridiing, make sure to list all fields you want to scrub, not just fields you want to add to the default. Param names are converted to lowercase before comparing against the scrub list. default: ('passwd', 'password', 'secret', 'confirm_password', 'password_confirmation').
  • shift_function: whether to shift function names in stack traces down one frame, so that the function name correctly reflects the context of each frame. default: true.
  • timeout: request timeout for posting to ratchet, in seconds. default 3.

Example use of error_sample_rates:

$config['error_sample_rates'] = array(
    // E_WARNING omitted, so defaults to 1
    E_NOTICE => 0.1,
    E_USER_ERROR => 0.5,
    // E_USER_WARNING will take the same value, 0.5
    E_USER_NOTICE => 0.1,
    // E_STRICT and beyond will all be 0.1

Example use of person_fn:

function get_current_user() {
    if ($_SESSION['user_id']) {
        return array(
            'id' => $_SESSION['user_id'], // required - value is a string
            'username' => '$_SESSION['username'], // optional - value is a string
            'email' => $_SESSION['user_email'] // optional - value is a string
    return null;
$config['person_fn'] = 'get_current_user';


If you have any feedback or run into any problems, please contact support at support@ratchet.io


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