Sentry can process Minidump crash reports, a memory dump used on Windows and by open-source libraries like Breakpad or Crashpad.

In order to receive symbolicated stack traces, you have to upload debug information to Sentry. For more information, see Debug Information Files.

What is a Minidump?

Minidumps are files containing the most important memory regions of a crashed process. When the process crashes, the minidump is written to the user’s disk and can later be uploaded to Sentry. A minidump typically includes:

  • The runtime stack of each thread that was active during the time of the crash. This allows you to reconstruct stack traces for all stacks and even infer variable values in some cases.
  • Thread contexts -- that is, register values -- at the time of the crash. This is especially relevant for stack walking.
  • Optionally, the process heap. By default, this is not included to keep minidumps at a reasonable size. Sentry does not read the heap so that it can be safely omitted.
  • The crash reason and an optional memory address associated to with the crash. For example, memory access violations. In the case of assertions, the assertion message is also included in the dump.
  • Meta data about the CPU architecture and the user’s operating system.

In addition to this information, you can add further metadata specific to Sentry, which can help in organizing and analyzing issues. For more information, see Passing Additional Data.

Creating and Uploading Minidumps

Depending on your operating system and programming language, there are various alternatives to create minidumps and upload them to Sentry. See the following resources for libraries that support generating minidump crash reports:

If you have already integrated a library that generates minidumps and would just like to upload them to Sentry, you need to configure the Minidump Endpoint URL, which can be found at Project Settings > Client Keys (

DSNThe Data Source Name (DSN) key tells the Sentry SDK where to send events, ensuring they go to the right project.
). This endpoint expects a POST request with the minidump in the upload_file_minidump field:

curl -X POST \
  '' \
  -F upload_file_minidump=@mini.dmp

To send additional information, add more form fields to this request. For a full description of fields accepted by Sentry, see Passing Additional Data.

Passing Additional Data

You can add more information to crash reports by merely adding more fields to the upload HTTP request. All these fields will be collected in the “Extra Data” section in Sentry:

curl -X POST \
  '' \
  -F upload_file_minidump=@mini.dmp \
  -F custom_field=value

Additionally, you can set all attributes corresponding to the Sentry event interface in a sentry field. This field either accepts JSON data or its values can be flattened with the bracket syntax. For example, to set the release and add a tag, send:

curl -X POST \
  '' \
  -F upload_file_minidump=@mini.dmp \
  -F 'sentry={"release":"my-project-name@2.3.12","tags":{"mytag":"value"}}'

# flattened
curl -X POST \
  '' \
  -F upload_file_minidump=@mini.dmp \
  -F 'sentry[release]=my-project-name@2.3.12' \
  -F 'sentry[tags][mytag]=value'

For the full list of supported values, see Event Payloads and linked documents.

Size Limits

Event ingestion imposes limits on the size and number of fields in multipart uploads. These limits are subject to future change and defined currently as:

  • 20MB for a compressed minidump request
  • 100MB for the full body after decompression
  • 100MB for all files combined
  • 100MB for each file individually
  • 1MB for event payloads
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