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Electron apps include a back end that runs on Node.js and a front end that runs on Chrome.

First install the Rollbar npm package once, to be used by both the front and back end.

npm install --save rollbar

Or if using yarn

yarn add rollbar

Node back end

The back end entry point is named in the main key of package.json and calls BrowserWindow and loadURL. It is usually main.js or src/main.js.

Require and initialize Rollbar.

var Rollbar = require('rollbar');

var rollbar = Rollbar.init({
  environment: 'production',
  captureUncaught: true,
  captureUnhandledRejections: true,
  payload: {
    platform: ‘client’,
    code_version: '1.0.0',
    custom_data: 'foo'

// log a generic message and send to rollbar
rollbar.log('Hello world!');

The payload.platform key allows using the Rollbar client token instead of the server token, since Electron apps are distributed and the key can be discovered by third parties. See https://help.rollbar.com/en/articles/1326743-preventing-client-side-access-token-abuse for more information.

The above configuration will allow Rollbar logging and will report uncaught errors from anywhere in your Node.js code. See Node.js for more information.

Chrome front end

Generally, your front end entry point is what gets loaded by your HTML file and contains the code for your choice of front end framework. For example,

  • For React React this is usually src/App.js
  • For Vue this is usually src/renderer/main.js
  • For Angular this is usually src/main.ts

Once the entry point is identified, consult the setup doc for each framework: