Fatal Error Notify


This plugin sends you an email notification whenever a fatal error (or other error level, configurably) is detected on your site.

Unlike traditional uptime monitoring services, which will only notify you if your entire site is down, this plugin can notify you when an error is detected on any page or process on your site.

Automatic plugin and theme updates often introduce problems that you aren’t aware of until they’re reported by your visitors. Fatal Error Notify lets you address these issues as they occur and before they cause significant problems.


  • Admin configuration settings
  • Example email received when an error has been reported


Install it just like any other WordPress plugin:

Either: Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/fatal-error-notify directory.
Or: Install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.

1. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
2. Use the Settings->Fatal Error Notify screen to configure notification settings


How does the plugin send error notifications if my site is down?

Fatal Error Notify hooks into PHP’s “shutdown” function to send notifications right before the page stops loading. Even the dreaded “500 – Internal Server Error” still triggers PHP’s shutdown actions. Even if your site is completely offline, in most cases this plugin will be able to detect the error and notify you.

What’s in the Pro version

Fatal Error Notify Pro includes several additional features, like Slack notifications, the ability to hide the plugin settings, multisite support, logging of recorded errors, out of memory handling, the ability to pause individual notifications, and more.

Fatal Error Notify Pro also includes integrations with WP Fusion and Gravity Forms and can send notifications when errors are logged in those plugins.

Can I exclude specific errors?

Yes, you can use the filter fen_ingore_error, like so:

function fen_ignore_error( $ignore, $error ) {

    if( $error['file'] == '/home/username/public_html/wp-includes/class-phpass.php' ) {
        $ignore = true;

    return $ignore;


add_filter( 'fen_ignore_error', 'fen_ignore_error', 10, 2 );

The $error variable is an array containing:

  • $error['type']: (int) The PHP error code
  • $error['message']: (string) The error message
  • $error['file']: (string) The path to the file that triggered the error
  • $error['line']: (int) The line number that triggered the error


19 de enero, 2023 1 reply
Simple and useful plugin for you who managing a WordPress site. Make troubleshooting so much easier! (no more enable/disable WP_Debug mode)
12 de diciembre, 2022 1 reply
just discovered this little nugget and I'm very happy with it!
1 de diciembre, 2021 1 reply
I used Fatal Error Notify on a site that kept crashing and I couldn't find out what was going wrong. The plugin emails the PHP error message and that helped me track down the issue.
18 de marzo, 2021 1 reply
Often you have the problem that you can't really track the errors of your own customers, because fatal errors are not saved anywhere - unless you have enabled the WP_DEBUG_LOG. But the WP_DEBUG_LOG can only be driven with WP_DEBUG, which is why the site becomes slower, because many plugins use WP_DEBUG for their own purposes. With Fatal Error Notify you get all the errors directly via email and you don't have to rely on WP_Debug anymore. Great! Cool would be to include Discord hooks in the free version so you get the notifications directly in your Discord server. Since Discord is also used by individuals, I wouldn't think integrating it into the PRO variant would make sense. I think it's great that Slack is included in the PRO version. Since Slack is for teams and companies. I think that would be ne pretty cool.
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1.4.7 – 11/14/2022

  • Fixed typo (misplaced parenthesis) checking WARNING level errors in v1.4.6

1.4.6 – 11/1/2022

  • Tested for WordPress 6.1.0
  • Improved – Moved actions to shutdown action priority 1, to fix cases where other plugins generate notices or warnings during shutdown after a fatal error
  • Improved – “rmdir” warnings will be ignored by default
  • Fixed unlink warnings still triggering notifications if unlink was the first part of the error string

1.4.5 – 2/15/2022

  • Tested for WordPress 5.9
  • Improved – “unlink” warnings will be ignored by default (see https://wordpress.org/support/topic/wordfence-notification-error-wordfenceclass-php/#post-15187940)
  • Added upgrade prompt in notification email

1.4.4 – 8/3/2021

  • Tested for WordPress 5.8
  • Moved upgrade nag to top of settings page to prevent layout issues on smaller screens

1.4.3 – 12/16/2020

  • Tested for WordPress 5.6
  • Fixed PHP notice when HTTP referrer was missing
  • Added fen_use_wp_mail filter

1.4.2 – 4/3/2020

  • Tested for WordPress 5.4
  • Added error level descriptions

1.4.1 – 11/27/2019

  • Tested for WordPress 5.3

1.4 – 4/26/2019

  • Added request URI, HTTP Referrer, and current user ID to notifications

1.3 – 4/21/2018

  • Added “Send Test” button
  • Rate limiting so notifications are only sent once per hour

1.2 – 2/8/2018

  • Added filter to ignore errors


  • Updated branding
  • Added link to Pro version


  • Initial release