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reportError() global function

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers

The reportError() global method may be used to report errors to the console or global event handlers, emulating an uncaught JavaScript exception.

This feature is primarily intended for custom event-dispatching or callback-manipulating libraries. Libraries can use this feature to catch errors in callback code and re-throw them to the top level handler. This ensures that an exception in one callback will not prevent others from being handled, while at the same time ensuring that stack trace information is still readily available for debugging at the top level.





An error object such as a TypeError.

Return value

None (undefined).



The method is called without an error argument.


Feature test for the method using:

if (typeof self.reportError === "function") {
  // function is defined

The following code shows how you might create and report an error, and how it may be caught using either the global onerror handler or by adding a listener for the error event. Note that the handler assigned to onerror must return true to stop the event propagating further.

const newError = new Error("Some error message", "someFile.js", 11);

window.onerror = (message, source, lineno, colno, error) => {
  console.error(`message: ${error.message}, lineno: ${lineno}`);
  return true;

self.addEventListener("error", (error) => {

// Output
// > "message:Some error message, lineno: 11"
// > "someFile.js"


Browser compatibility

Desktop Mobile
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari WebView Android Chrome Android Firefox for Android Opera Android Safari on IOS Samsung Internet
reportError 95 95 93 No 81 15.4 95 95 93 67 15.4 17.0
worker_support 95 95 93 No 81 No 95 95 93 67 No 17.0

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