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Express.js | Error Handling

Express.js | Error Handling

Hello folks! Welcome back to a new section of our tutorial on ExpressJS. In this tutorial guide, we will be studying about ExpressJS Error Handling.

Error handling in Express is executed using middleware. But this middleware has unique properties. The error handling middleware is defined the same way as other middleware functions, however, error-handling functions Must have four arguments instead of three - err, req, res, next.


To send a response on any error, make use of the following code -

app.use(function(err, req, res, next) {
   res.status(500).send('Something broke!');

Till now we have been handling errors in the routes itself. The error handling middleware lets us to separate our error logic and send responses accordingly. The next() method we talked about in middleware tutorial takes us to next middleware/route handler.

For handling of errors, we have the next(err) function. A call to this function bypasses all middleware and then matches us to the next error handler for that route.


Let us consider the following example for a better understanding -

var express = require('express');
var app = express();

app.get('/', function(req, res){
   //Create an error and pass it to the next function
   var err = new Error("Something went wrong");

 * other route handlers and middleware here
 * ....

//An error handling middleware
app.use(function(err, req, res, next) {
   res.send("Oops, something went wrong.")


This error handling middleware function can be strategically placed after routes or holds conditions to detect error types and respond to the clients accordingly.


The above example will show the following output.


Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial. In our next tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about ExpressJS Debugging.

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