Proxy Sentry JS requests to the self-hosted server behind a firewall

Tech: Rails

Problem: you have a self-hosted Sentry server behind a firewall and you want to report your frontend errors.

One way to accomplish it is by modifying Sentry dsn to send it to your backend and then proxying them to the Sentry server.

First, let’s set up a new route:

post 'frontend_errors/api/:project_id/store', to: 'frontend_errors#create'

It has to follow a specific pattern to work with the Sentry frontend library. The only thing you can change in the above is frontend_errors – pick whatever name you want. The code above will expect you to have a FrontendErrorsController.

Now, the FrontEndErrorsController needs to redirect to your actual Sentry server in the format that Sentry expects. Let’s create a new class to handle it:

class SentryProxy
  # This could be different based on your Sentry version.
  # Look into raven-sentry gem codebase if this doesn't work
  # Look for http_transport.rb files -
  USER_AGENT = "raven-ruby/#{Raven::VERSION}"

  def initialize(body:, sentry_dsn:)
    @body = body
    @sentry_dsn = sentry_dsn

  def post_to_sentry
    return if @sentry_dsn.blank? do |faraday|
      faraday.body = @body


  def sentry_connection sentry_post_url) do |faraday|
      faraday.headers['X-Sentry-Auth'] = generate_auth_header
      faraday.headers[:user_agent] = "sentry-ruby/#{Raven::VERSION}"

  def sentry_post_url
    key, url = @sentry_dsn.split('@')
    path, project_id = url.split('/')
    http_prefix, _keys = key.split('//')


  def generate_auth_header
    now =
    public_key, secret_key = @sentry_dsn.split('//').second.split('@').first.split(':')

    fields = {
      'sentry_version' => PROTOCOL_VERSION,
      'sentry_client' => USER_AGENT,
      'sentry_timestamp' => now,
      'sentry_key' => public_key,
      'sentry_secret' => secret_key
    'Sentry ' + { |key, value| "#{key}=#{value}" }.join(', ')

Now in your controller you can call it like this (assumes you can get your sentry_dsn on the backend):

def create, sentry_dsn: sentry_dsn).post_to_sentry


And to make sure your frontend is properly configured, first import Sentry frontend libraries, then initialize them using:

    dsn: `${window.location.protocol}//[email protected]${}/frontend_errors/0`});

public_key is supposed to be… your public key. You have to supply it in the dsn even if you’re getting the dsn key on the backend, otherwise, the Sentry frontend library will throw errors. 0 is the project id – the same idea, you have to supply it for the Sentry frontend to properly parse it. It doesn’t have to be real, as we’re reconstructing the Sentry url on the backend, and you can get proper keys/project id on the backend.

This should do it. Now you can configure Sentry frontend library to capture all errors, capture specific exceptions or messages.

Using the same redis instance for Rails cache and non-cache entries

Redis docs:

OS: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

When you need to use redis for cache and non-cache entries (e.g., ActionCable, Sidekiq…), the recommended approach is to create a separate redis instance. However, if you want a simpler setup, or just can’t get another instance for reasons, there is an option to use the same redis instance for multiple uses.

We need to make sure that Redis will not evict our important data (e.g., Sidekiq), while at the same time evicting old cache entries. We could use any of the volatile eviction policies:

  • volatile-lru – remove least recently used keys where expiry is set
  • volatile-random – removes keys at random where expiry is set
  • volatile-ttl – evict keys with an expire set, and try to evict keys with a shorter time to live (TTL) first
  • volatile-lfu (starting with Redis 4.0) – evict using approximated LFU among the keys with an expire set.

To set up the eviction policy on your redis instance, edit your /etc/systemd/system/redis.conf and set these parameters:

maxmemory 100mb
maxmemory-policy volatile-lfu

Then in your Rails config update your store to use redis cache store, if not using already:

  config.cache_store = :redis_cache_store, {
    url: ENV.fetch('REDIS_URL', 'redis://localhost:6379'),
    expires_in: 24.hours