ProGuard mapping upload

Upload ProGuard mapping files to allow Bugsnag to de-obfuscate your Android stack traces.


For Android applications, developers have the option to use ProGuard to reduce app size and to prevent others from reverse engineering source code.

Using ProGuard will cause class names, method names, and variable names to become obfuscated, which makes debugging harder and causes error grouping problems for Bugsnag.

In order to replace the obfuscated data with a human-readable stack trace, Bugsnag can use a ProGuard mapping file.

Gradle plugin

If you’re using Android Studio/Gradle to build your Android projects, the best way to send your ProGuard mapping files to Bugsnag is to use the Bugsnag Android Gradle plugin.

ProGuard settings

We use the line numbers of crashes to help with error grouping. You’ll need explicitly to tell ProGuard to not strip this information by adding the following line to your ProGuard configuration:

-keepattributes LineNumberTable,SourceFile

If you are using our Gradle plugin, this will automatically be added to your ProGuard config.

If you are using proguard-android-optimize.txt settings then Bugsnag will convert the stack traces to a human-readable format, but the original file names might not be available (class name will be used instead of file name in this case).

Uploading mapping files

In cases where you cannot use our Gradle plugin, you’ll need to manually upload your mapping file to Bugsnag using our API.

To send mapping files to Bugsnag, simply POST them to with the following parameters:

  • proguard - the path to the ProGuard mapping file.
  • apiKey - your Bugsnag integration API key for this application.
  • appId - the Android applicationId for this application.
  • versionCode - the Android versionCode for this application release.
  • versionName (optional) - the Android versionName for this application release, used when displaying the version.
  • buildUUID (optional) - a UUID to identify this builds. This is required if you build multiple different apps with the same appId and versionCode. If you use this, you’ll also need to use setBuildUUID() in your app.
  • overwrite (optional) - overwrite any existing ProGuard mappings for this version of your app.

cURL example

Here’s an example request with curl:

$ curl \
    -F proguard=@/path/to/mapping.txt \
    -F apiKey=YOUR_API_KEY_HERE \
    -F versionCode=123 \
    -F \
    -F versionName=2.3.0

Response codes

If the file is accepted then an HTTP 200 response will be returned with the body “OK”.

If not, there are several possible problems which will be indicated with an HTTP 4XX response:

  • duplicate proguard file - indicates that Bugsnag already has a file. You can ignore this error by using the buildUUID parameter, or by using the overwrite parameter.
  • proguard file generated without -keepattributes LineNumberTable - indicates that your ProGuard configuration will not work with Bugsnag. See the Proguard settings section of the Android guide.
  • invalid apiKey - indicates that the provided apiKey doesn’t correspond to a Bugsnag project.
  • missing param - indicates that the appId or versionCode parameters are missing.