Error Handling

Echo advocates for centralized HTTP error handling by returning error from middleware and handlers. Centralized error handler allows us to log errors to external services from a unified location and send a customized HTTP response to the client.

You can return a standard error or echo.*HTTPError.

For example, when basic auth middleware finds invalid credentials it returns 401 - Unauthorized error, aborting the current HTTP request.

e.Use(func(next echo.HandlerFunc) echo.HandlerFunc {
  return func(c echo.Context) error {
    // Extract the credentials from HTTP request header and perform a security
    // check

    // For invalid credentials
    return echo.NewHTTPError(http.StatusUnauthorized, "Please provide valid credentials")

    // For valid credentials call next
    // return next(c)

You can also use echo.NewHTTPError() without a message, in that case status text is used as an error message. For example, “Unauthorized”.

Default HTTP Error Handler 🔗

Echo provides a default HTTP error handler which sends error in a JSON format.

  "message": "error connecting to redis"

For a standard error, response is sent as 500 - Internal Server Error; however, if you are running in a debug mode, the original error message is sent. If error is *HTTPError, response is sent with the provided status code and message. If logging is on, the error message is also logged.

Custom HTTP Error Handler 🔗

Custom HTTP error handler can be set via e.HTTPErrorHandler

For most cases default error HTTP handler should be sufficient; however, a custom HTTP error handler can come handy if you want to capture different type of errors and take action accordingly e.g. send notification email or log error to a centralized system. You can also send customized response to the client e.g. error page or just a JSON response.

Error Pages 🔗

The following custom HTTP error handler shows how to display error pages for different type of errors and logs the error. The name of the error page should be like <CODE>.html e.g. 500.html. You can look into this project for pre-built error pages.

func customHTTPErrorHandler(err error, c echo.Context) {
	code := http.StatusInternalServerError
	if he, ok := err.(*echo.HTTPError); ok {
		code = he.Code
	errorPage := fmt.Sprintf("%d.html", code)
	if err := c.File(errorPage); err != nil {

e.HTTPErrorHandler = customHTTPErrorHandler

Instead of writing logs to the logger, you can also write them to an external service like Elasticsearch or Splunk.