Programming language: Go
License: MIT License
Tags: Error Handling    
Latest version: v0.33.0

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The Emperor takes care of all errors personally.

Go's philosophy encourages to gracefully handle errors whenever possible, but some times recovering from an error is not.

In those cases handling the error means making the best effort to record every detail for later inspection, doing that as high in the application stack as possible.

This project provides tools to make error handling easier.

Read more about the topic here:



go get emperror.dev/emperror


Log errors

Logging is one of the most common target to record error events.

Emperror has two logger integrations by default:

Annotate errors passing through an error handler

Emperror can annotate errors with details as defined in emperror.dev/errors

package main

import (

func main() {
    handler := emperror.WithDetails(newHandler(), "key", "value")

    err := errors.New("error")

    // handled error will receive the handler details

Panics and recovers

package main

import (

func main() {
    var handler emperror.Handler = newHandler()

    // Recover from panics and handle them as errors
    defer emperror.HandleRecover(handler)

    // nil errors will not panic

    // this will panic if foo returns with a non-nil error
    // useful in main func for initial setup where "if err != nil" does not make much sense

func foo() error {
    return errors.New("error")

Filter errors

Sometimes you might not want to handle certain errors that reach the error handler. A common example is a catch-all error handler in a server. You want to return business errors to the client.

package main

import (

func main() {
    var handler emperror.Handler = emperror.WithFilter(newHandler(), match.Any{/*any emperror.ErrorMatcher*/})

    // errors matching the provided matcher will not be handled


Contributions are welcome! :)

  1. Clone the repository
  2. Make changes on a new branch
  3. Run the test suite: bash ./pleasew build ./pleasew test ./pleasew gotest ./pleasew lint
  4. Commit, push and open a PR


The MIT License (MIT). Please see [License File](LICENSE) for more information.

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*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the emperror README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.