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Errordite exception logging for Django.

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This package provides integration between Django and Errordite.

The application is provided in the form of a standard Python logging handler.

It is a django-aware subclass of the errordite package logging handler. This means that in addition to logging core exception information (which the base errordite handler will do), this handler is context-aware, and if you pass a django request object into the logger then relevant information will be extracted from the request and added to the data sent to Errordite. Additional information includes: client ip address, user agent, x-forwarded-for header (in case you are behind a load balancer), django user username (if exists).

In order to append the request to the log record, add it to the extra arg:

import logging
logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

def index_view(request):
    Standard django view method.
        logger.error("Something went wrong.", extra={'request': request})

See Python docs on logging for more details on the ‘extra’ keyword arg:


The library is available at pypi as ‘django-errordite’, and can therefore be installed using pip:

$ pip install django-errordite


This package is dependent on the errordite package - which should be installed automatically.


In order to set up a valid DjangoErrorditeHandler you must pass in an Errordite API token, which you can get by signing up at

The logging handler should be configured in the django file.

This is an extract from a basic that extracts the token from the local environment, and configures a single logger:

import os

    raise Exception("You must set the ERRORDITE_TOKEN environment "
                    "variable if you wish to run the tests.")

    'version': 1,
    'disable_existing_loggers': False,
    'formatters': {
        'simple': {
            'format': '%(levelname)s %(message)s'
    'handlers': {
        'django_errordite': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'class': 'django_errordite.DjangoErrorditeHandler',
            'token': ERRORDITE_TOKEN,
            'formatter': 'simple'
    'loggers': {
        'test': {
            'handlers': ['django_errordite'],
            'propagate': False,
            'level': 'DEBUG',


There are tests in the package - they can be run using the django test runner:

$ cd to/django-errordite/package/directory
$ python test test_app

The test_app is an empty django application that is in the package redist that is used to force the django test runner to load only the package tests ( i.e. without running the entire django test suite.)

NB These tests do log real exceptions over the wire, so you will need to be connected to the web to run them. You will also need to set a local environment variable (ERRORDITE_TOKEN), which is picked up in the test suite.

If you are *nix you can pass this in on the command line:

$ ERRORDITE_TOKEN=123 python test test_app

If you are on Windows you’ll need to set it up explicitly as an env var:

c:\> set ERRORDITE_TOKEN=123
c:\> python test test_app

(This is a technique used to prevent having to have sensitive information in the public repo.)

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