Advanced Usage

This covers some advanced usage scenarios for raven Python.

Alternative Installations

If you want to use the latest git version you can get it from the github repository:

git clone
pip install raven-python

Certain additional features can be installed by defining the feature when pip installing it. For instance to install all dependencies needed to use the Flask integration, you can depend on raven[flask]:

pip install raven[flask]

For more information refer to the individual integration documentation.

Configuring the Client

Settings are specified as part of the initialization of the client. The client is a class that can be instantiated with a specific configuration and all reporting can then happen from the instance of that object. Typically an instance is created somewhere globally and then imported as necessary.

from raven import Client

# Read configuration from the ``SENTRY_DSN`` environment variable
client = Client()

# Manually specify a DSN
client = Client('___DSN___')

A reasonably configured client should generally include a few additional settings:

import os
import raven

client = raven.Client(

    # inform the client which parts of code are yours
    # include_paths=['']
    include_paths=[__name__.split('.', 1)[0]],

    # pass along the version of your application
    # release='1.0.0'
    # release=raven.fetch_package_version('my-app')

New in version 5.2.0: The fetch_package_version and fetch_git_sha helpers.

Client Arguments

The following are valid arguments which may be passed to the Raven client:


A Sentry compatible DSN as mentioned before:

dsn = '___DSN___'

The HTTP transport class to use. By default this is an asynchronous worker thread that runs in-process.

For more information see Transports.


An optional, arbitrary string to identify this client installation:

site = 'my site name'

This will override the server_name value for this installation. Defaults to socket.gethostname():

name = 'sentry_rocks_' + socket.gethostname()

The version of your application. This will map up into a Release in Sentry:

release = '1.0.3'

The environment your application is running in:

environment = 'staging'

Extending this allow you to ignore module prefixes when we attempt to discover which function an error comes from (typically a view):

exclude_paths = [

For example, in Django this defaults to your list of INSTALLED_APPS, and is used for drilling down where an exception is located:

include_paths = [

A list of exceptions to ignore:

ignore_exceptions = [

The maximum number of items a list-like container should store.

If an iterable is longer than the specified length, the left-most elements up to length will be kept.


This affects sets as well, which are unordered.

list_max_length = 50

The maximum characters of a string that should be stored.

If a string is longer than the given length, it will be truncated down to the specified size:

string_max_length = 200

Should Raven automatically log frame stacks (including locals) for all calls as it would for exceptions:

auto_log_stacks = True

A list of processors to apply to events before sending them to the Sentry server. Useful for sending additional global state data or sanitizing data that you want to keep off of the server:

processors = (

Sanitizing Data

Several processors are included with Raven to assist in data sanitiziation. These are configured with the processors value.


Removes all keys which resemble password, secret, or api_key within stacktrace contexts, HTTP bits (such as cookies, POST data, the querystring, and environment), and extra data.


Removes all stacktrace context variables. This will cripple the functionality of Sentry, as you’ll only get raw tracebacks, but it will ensure no local scoped information is available to the server.


Removes the body of all HTTP data.

Custom Grouping Behavior

In some cases you may see issues where Sentry groups multiple events together when they should be separate entities. In other cases, Sentry simply doesn’t group events together because they’re so sporadic that they never look the same.

Both of these problems can be addressed by specifying the fingerprint attribute.

For example, if you have HTTP 404 (page not found) errors, and you’d prefer they deduplicate by taking into account the URL:

client.captureException(fingerprint=['{{ default }}', 'http://my-url/'])

A Note on uWSGI

If you’re using uWSGI you will need to add enable-threads to the default invocation, or you will need to switch off of the threaded default transport.