Docs » Identify errors in browser spans

Identify errors in browser spans πŸ”—

The following scenario features Buttercup Industries, a fictitious e-commerce company.

Errors in Splunk RUM πŸ”—

Splunk RUM for Browser captures all HTTP status codes and you can see all XMLHttpRequest (XHR) objects and fetch requests in Tag Spotlight. The endpoints errors metric counts 5xx errors and 4xx errors. Each span in Splunk RUM contains tags and errors are defined as a span with these attributes:

  • status_code:5xx

  • error:true

  • status_code:4xx

The following definitions and examples show different types of errors you can look for in their data with Splunk RUM for Browser.

JavaScript errors πŸ”—

In Splunk RUM for Browser, there are two types of JavaScript errors, explicit JavaScript console errors and uncaught JavaScript errors, like onerror events. Front-end errors are shown by page and described in terms of errors per minute or errors per page load or route change.

JavaScript console errors πŸ”—

A JavaScript console error is an explicit error. If the error console.error(...) surfaces and contains a custom error message they wrote that describes the context or cause of the error.

Uncaught JavaScript errors πŸ”—

An uncaught JavaScript error is an implicit error. Uncaught JavaScript errors typically don’t have custom error messages. Uncaught JavaScript errors can contain important information in an unedited format like a stack trace. Both caught and uncaught JavaScript errors can contain stack traces. This example span of an uncaught error from the fictitious application shows what fields you might see in Splunk RUM in the sesion details view.

Span ID                      c85a362c4667
Operation                    console.error

_sf_ua_browserName           Safari
_sf_ua_browserVersion        87.0.4280.88
_sf_ua_clientIP              exampleIP
_sf_ua_osName                Linux
app                          ExampleName
component                    error
error                        true
error.message                Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'Price' of undefined
error.object                 String
location.href                http://example
norm.location.href           http://example
customerId                   c123
ot.status_code               UNSET
splunk.rumSessionId          session123
splunk.rumVersion             0.0.14
splunk.scriptInstance        instance123

Back-end errors and long resource response times πŸ”—

Back-end errors are captured for both first-party and third-party endpoints.

Resource errors πŸ”—

In Splunk RUM for Browser, resource errors are explicit HTTP event errors like fetch errors, AJAX errors and XHR requests. An XHR/fetch error happens when the server encounters an error. For example, if a user requested to access data on an application and the data was deleted from the server. A third-party resource error is when a user tries to access resource over a network and the resource is unavailable. For example, if a user on your application tries to load a JavaScript, CSS, or image resource, but it didn’t load.

Resource response time πŸ”—

Splunk RUM for Browser monitors the performance of endpoints to identify spikes in behavior like slow resource response.

Example span πŸ”—

This shows an example span for the fictitious β€œmy-app” with a 404 error.

Span ID                      c85a362c4668
Operation                    HTTP GET

_sf_ua_browserName           Chrome
_sf_ua_browserVersion        87.0.4280.88
_sf_ua_osName                Mac OS X
_sf_ua_osVersion             10.15.7
app                          my-app
component                    xml-http-request
error                        true          
http.method                  GET
http.response_content_length 18
http.scheme                  http
http.status_code             404
http.status_text             Not Found
http.url                     /api/ratings/api/fetch/STAN-1
http.user_agent              Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X
                            10_15_7) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like
                            Gecko) Chrome/87.0.4280.88 Safari/537.36
orgId                        org123
ot.status_code               UNSET
span.kind                    client
splunk.rumSessionId          session123
splunk.rumVersion                0.0.14
splunk.scriptInstance        instance123

Summary πŸ”—

To learn more about how you can optimize your experience with Splunk Observability Cloud, see:



Video tutorials and blog articles

Splunk RUM Documentation