Installing Airbrake in an Android application

Setting up your Android project

Download the Airbrake Jar of the build from source via GitHub. Copy the .jar file to your Android app’s libs/ folder. Import the AirbrakeNotifier class in your app’s main Activity.


In your activity’s onCreate function, call AirbrakeNotifier.register to begin capturing exceptions:

AirbrakeNotifier.register(this, "API_KEY");


AirbrakeNotifier.register requires a context and an Airbrake API key to be passed in, and optionally a third argument specifying the environment. The environment defaults to ‘production’ if not set.

Notify from a try catch block

To notify Airbrake of non-fatal exceptions, or exceptions you have explicitly caught in your app, you can call AirbrakeNotifier.notify. This call takes exactly one argument, a Throwable, and can be called from anywhere in your code. For example:

try {
  // Something dangerous
} catch(Exception e) {
  // We don't want this to crash our app, but we would like to be notified