Error logging - Robust Client-Side JavaScript

The standard approach is to monitor all exceptions on a page and to handle them centrally, for example using window.onerror. Then gather a bunch of context information and send an incident report to a log server. That server stores all reports, makes them accessible using an interface and probably sends an email to the developer.

Here is a simple global error reporter:

Code language: JavaScript

window.onerror = function(message, file, line, column, error) {
  var errorToReport = {
    type: error ? error.type : '',
    message: message,
    file: file,
    line: line,
    column: column,
    stack: error ? error.stack : '',
    userAgent: navigator.userAgent,
    href: location.href
  var url = '/error-reporting?error=' +
  var image = new Image();
  image.src = url;

This code sends a report to the address /error-reporting using a GET request.

The example above is not enough. It is not that easy to compile a meaningful, cross-browser report from an exception. Tools like TraceKit and StackTrace.js help to extract meaning from exceptions.

Quoted content by Mathias Schäfer is licensed under CC BY-SA. See the other snippets from Robust Client-Side JavaScript.