Note: Steam Error Reporting is only supported for Windows 32-bit applications.
If Steam error reporting is implemented then Steam will automatically upload mini dumps of any exception after 10 similar exceptions are thrown.
You can view the details of each crash on the Error Reports
page of the Steamworks Partner backend.
Mini-dumps are always stored locally on the computer before they are uploaded to Steam. If you need to examine one directly, you should be able to find it in the games install directory.
How to Implement
Steam error reporting is easy to use if you're already using Structured Exception Handling
You must hook up the Win32 _set_se_translator
function which calls a function you create to handle the minidump. In that function you can use SteamAPI_SetMiniDumpComment
to notify Steam about the impending crash.
void MiniDumpFunction( unsigned int nExceptionCode, EXCEPTION_POINTERS *pException )
// You can build and set an arbitrary comment to embed in the minidump here,
// maybe you want to put what level the user was playing, how many players on the server,
// how much memory is free, etc...
SteamAPI_SetMiniDumpComment( "Minidump comment: SteamworksExample.exe/n" );
// The 0 here is a build ID, we don't set it
SteamAPI_WriteMiniDump( nExceptionCode, pException, 0 );
int RealMain( HINSTANCE hInstance, LPSTR lpCmdLine, int nCmdShow )
int APIENTRY WinMain( HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, LPSTR lpCmdLine, int nCmdShow )
// All we do here is call the real main function after setting up our se translator
// this allows us to catch exceptions and report errors to Steam.
// Note that you must set your compiler flags correctly to enable structured exception
// handling in order for this particular setup method to work.
if ( IsDebuggerPresent() )
// We don't want to mask exceptions (or report them to Steam!) when debugging.
// If you would like to step through the exception handler, attach a debugger
// after running the game outside of the debugger.
return RealMain( lpCmdLine, hInstance, nCmdShow );
_set_se_translator( MiniDumpFunction );
try // this try block allows the SE translator to work
return RealMain( hInstance, lpCmdLine, nCmdShow );
catch( ... )
The error reporting API currently only supports 32-bit applications on Windows.