Streamline monitoring with Rollbar & Datadog

Posted by Mike Smith on April 25, 2016

Good news! We’ve recently released a new integration with Datadog to help extend your error monitoring options. Datadog is a leading cloud monitoring solution that brings metrics from all of your apps, tools & services (like Rollbar) into one place. Now Rollbar and Datadog users can syndicate exceptions, errors and code deployments as 'Events’ within Datadog (example below). 



Here's a few of the ways you can improve your monitoring when you connect Rollbar and Datadog:

  • Get notified of exceptions, errors, code deployments in your event stream
  • Filter notifications by severity, environment, host, users and more
  • Search for exceptions in your graphs
  • Discuss exceptions with your team 
  • Most important - spend less time debugging issues

We hope that by bringing your Rollbar data into Datadog you can streamline your monitoring efforts and reduce some of the noise in your day to day workflow.

For more information, check out our integration docs for Datadog. Also, to see if Rollbar integrates with other tools you’re using, see our full list of integrations here.


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6 ways to improve error grouping in Rollbar

Posted by Chris Pfohl on April 11, 2016 · poweruser


Power User Series is a series in which we give you the tips, tricks and tutorials to get the most value from Rollbar and help you and your team become power users.

You're two weeks into using Rollbar. You've watched in amazement as issue after issue comes in without a single customer complaint to accompany them. How did you ever find errors before!?

Now that your unresolved errors have drastically decreased, you've started to notice a handful of Rollbar items that all seem to be exactly the same issue. Maybe you've been notified that your UI has exceeded the maximum call stack when calling a particular function. And in one case you found out that your database is actually missing several columns which got grouped into a single error.


What's a new Rollbar user to do? Here's 6 steps to help you improve your error grouping in Rollbar:


1. Learn how Rollbar groups items.

The Rollbar grouping algorithm attempts to be as smart as possible by grouping items by root cause. Error type items are grouped by a combination of platform, environment, error class, and stack trace information. Message type items are grouped by message text after stripping out certain number-like and date-like portions of the message.


2. Customize your error grouping.

Custom grouping enables you to decide exactly how Rollbar will group your items. You can alter the title, change the fingerprinting (and therefore the grouping), and use any data you send to us to make it work!


3. Make sure you're setting the server root.

Before grouping by filename, Rollbar will strip off whatever you're sending in the server root segment. This means that you can host the code from varying locations, but still get the same grouping, no matter where on the system you host your code. Each notifier allows setting this in its own way. Check out the docs for your notifier to learn how!


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Meet the Rollbar team IRL at these upcoming events

Posted by Mike Smith on March 25, 2016

Rollbar is hitting the road. Catch one (or more) or our team members at the following events in the next few months. We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your projects, answer your questions and share some Rollbar swag. If you see us at an event, please stop by and say "Hi.”


Lone Star PHP

Where: Dallas, Texas   /  When: Fri, April 8 to Sat, April 9

The Lone Star PHP Conference brings together great PHP speakers and topics into a fantastic two-day event that is 'clap, clap, clap' deep in the heart of Texas. Catch me, Mike Smith (and local Texan) handing out Rollbar swag and making friends. ;)



Where: Portland, Oregon  /  When: Tues, March 29 to Wed, March 30

EmberConf is the flagship event of the Ember community. It’s two days of sessions, talks, and good times with the Ember Core Team and community members from around the world. Our CEO and Co-founder Brian Rue will be there, so say hi if you happen to see anyone in a Rollbar shirt.


Ruby On Ales

Where: Bend, Oregon  /  When: Thurs, March 31 to Fri, April 1

We’re ending our tour of Oregon at this years Ruby on Ales event. Ruby on Ales is a two-day single track Ruby conference, with a super cool name. It is two full days of presentations, networking and good ole fashion community fellowship.


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Query Rollbar data directly from our API

Posted by Chris Pfohl on February 15, 2016

Good news for RQL users. Until recently RQL usage was limited to the Rollbar interface. That's no longer a problem. Now you can access RQL directly from our API.

We like to believe that our interface provides just about everything you need to discover, investigate and resolve errors in your software. That being said, we know that everyone's needs are not the same. So, we created the Rollbar Query Language (RQL for short) to give Rollbar users more controls over their data. Many of our users have grown to depend on RQL for getting their day to day work done.

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Connect Rollbar to Bitbucket Issue Tracker

Posted by Mike Smith on March 17, 2015


New integration now available - Bitbucket Issue Tracker

Supercharge your issue and error tracking workflow when you connect your Rollbar and Bitbucket accounts. New Items in Rollbar will instantly create Issues in your Bitbucket repo, or you can create and link Issues with the click of a button within Rollbar. Read More

Daily, Hourly, New Errors and Trend graphs are now clickable

Posted by Mike Smith on March 10, 2015 · product

Yes, that's correct.

Daily, Hourly, New Errors, and Trend graphs are now clickable. You can find and fix bugs even faster, and in less clicks. :D

Common usability feedback we get from our users:


Sure would be nice if I could click the dashboard bar graphs and sparklines to quickly see what caused a spike in error events etc.


Couldn't agree more. We love aggregating data and we love it clickable. So we enabled it!

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Using Logstash and Rollbar Together

Posted by Ken Sheppardson on March 2, 2015

The infrastructure behind most modern web applications includes an assortment of tools for collecting server and application metrics, logging events, aggregating logs, and providing alerts. Most systems are made up of a collection of best-in-class tools and services, selected and deployed over time as team members arrive and depart, needs change, the system grows, and new tools are introduced. One of the challenges web development and operations teams face is collecting and analyzing data from these disparate sources and systems and then piecing together what’s happening by looking at multiple reports and dashboards.

Two common pieces in this puzzle are Logstash and Rollbar.

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