Thanks to co, error handling is much easier in koa. You can finally use try/catch!


In Express, you caught errors by adding an middleware with a (err, req, res, next) signature as one of the last middleware. In contrast, in koa you add a middleware that does try { yield next } as one of the first middleware. It is also recommended that you emit an error on the application itself for centralized error reporting, retaining the default behaviour in Koa.

app.use(function *(next) {
  try {
    yield next;
  } catch (err) {
    this.status = err.status || 500;
    this.body = err.message;
    this.app.emit('error', err, this);

app.use(function *(next) {
  throw new Error('some error');

This opens up a bunch of new possibilities:

  • As you go down the stack, you can change error handlers very easily.
  • You can handle errors in portions of your code much more easily.