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    Node.js library for logging to LogDNA

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    Migrating From Other Versions

    Previous versions of this client are still supported, but if you are upgrading to this version, please see our migration document for the differences between this version and prior versions.


    $ npm install @logdna/logger


    Operation requires a LogDNA Ingestion Key. Without it, the client will not be able to post logs to the cloud. Please contact our support if you have questions about this setup process!


    To use the client, create an instance, then call .log() or a convenience method.

    const logdna = require('@logdna/logger')
    const options = {
      app: 'myAppName'
    , level: 'debug' // set a default for when level is not provided in function calls
    const logger = logdna.createLogger('<YOUR INGESTION KEY>', options)
    logger.log('This is an INFO statement', 'info')
    logger.log('This will be a DEBUG statement, based on the default')
    logger.log('This is an INFO statement with an options object', {
      level: 'info'
    , meta: {
        somekey: 'Arbitrary message'
      , anotherkey: 'Another arbitrary message or data point'
    logger.info('This is an INFO statement using a convenience method')
    // Objects can be logged, too, but they're just serialized
      message: 'Got some user data'
    , userId: req.params.userId // This assumes `req.params` comes from some HTTP framework
    // Just sets `level: 'error'` automatically
    logger.error('An error was encountered while processing user data')

    Logging Errors

    Although the logger can accept an object as its "message", Error instances contain non-enumerable properties such that log.error(err) will not yield the expected results. To mitigate this, users can trap (or generate) errors, then expose the error properties as desired.

    This example hardcodes some JSON to parse, but it could easily come from user input.

    const input = '{"whoops": "This JSON is malformed because it\'s missing a closing quote}'
    try {
    } catch (err) {
      log.error('JSON parse error while processing a string that should be JSON', {
        indexMeta: true // Makes `meta` searchable. See docs below.
      , meta: {
          name: err.name
        , message: err.message
        , stack: err.stack
        , input
      // OR, if the all the details aren't important, a more concise log could be this
      log.error(err.message, {
        meta: {
          message: 'JSON parse error during function xxx'
        , input

    Default Log Levels

    The client supports the following log levels by default. They are case-insensitive. Users may also add custom log levels.

    • TRACE
    • DEBUG
    • INFO
    • WARN
    • ERROR
    • FATAL

    Custom Log Levels

    Users may provide an array of levels as a logger instantiation option. The levels value must be an array, and its values must be letters only. All level values are normalized to upper-case when sent to the LogDNA server, but their use in function calls is case-insensitive.

    const {createLogger} = require('@logdna/logger')
    const logger = createLogger(myKey, {
      levels: ['info', 'warn', 'critical', 'catastrophic']
    logger.info('my text') // ok
    logger.warn('some warning text') // ok
    logger.catastrophic('OH NO!') // error
    logger.log('OH NO!', 'critical') // ok
    logger.log('We are crashing!', 'catastrophic') // ok

    Convenience Methods

    We have set up convenience methods that automatically set the log level appropriately, and are easy to read. If using custom log levels, then convenience methods will only be added for custom levels that also match the default log levels, e.g. log.info().

    logger.trace(msg[, options])

    logger.debug(msg[, options])

    logger.info(msg[, options])

    logger.warn(msg[, options])

    logger.error(msg[, options])

    logger.fatal(msg[, options])


    The Logger is an EventEmitter and will emit events rather than use promises or callbacks to communicate its progress. Listening to the events is optional, although an error listener is recommended.

    Event: 'addMetaProperty'

    Emitted when a meta property is successfully added. This meta property will be attached to each log message.

    Event: 'cleared'

    • <Object>
      • message <String> - A message indicating that everything was sent or that nothing needed to be sent

    When all log lines have been sent to LogDNA, this event is emitted. If it emits after lines have successfully been sent, then the message will be 'All accumulated log entries have been sent'. If there were no lines to be sent (for example, if flush() was called proactively), then the message will be 'All buffers clear; Nothing to send'.

    Event: 'error'

    This event is emitted when an asynchronous error is encountered. Depending on the context, meta will contain different pieces of information about the error. If the error is retry-able, the error's message property will indicate that it's a "temporary" error to avoid confusion with hard errors.

    Error while sending to LogDNA

    Note: ignoreRetryableErrors is true by default, and will not emit errors when the retrying property in the metadata is true. To emit all errors regardless of retrying, set ignoreRetryableErrors: false.

    The metadata for an error encountered during an HTTP call to LogDNA will have the following meta properties in the error.

    • actual <String> - The raw error message from the HTTP client
    • code <String> | <Number> - The HTTP agent's "code" or statusCode value
    • firstLine <String> - The first log line in the buffer that was sending
    • lastLine <String> - The last log line in the buffer that was sending
    • retrying <Boolean> - Whether an attempt will be made to resend the payload
    • attempts <Number> - The number of consecutive failures

    Error while calling log()

    When log() is called directly, or indirectly (via a convenience method), errors can be emitted if certain validations fail. If an invalid log level is provided, or if a bad data type is found for the options parameter, the meta property of the error will contain the following properties:

    • got <String> - Description of the invalid input. Will depend on error context.
    • expected <String> - The allowable log levels if options is an invalid log level
    • used <String> - If a bad level is used in options, it will be ignored, and the default will be used. This property indicates what that value is.

    Error due to payloadStructure mismatch

    When log() or agentLog() is called, the payloadStructure must be set appropriately. If it is not, an error is emitted. Keep in mind that agentLog() is reserved for LogDNA systems and is not intended for public usage.

    • message <String> - Static message of Invalid method based on payloadStructure
    • payloadStructure <String> - The current payload structure value that is set on the instance
    • expected <String> - The expected payload structure to be able to call the method.

    Error for a 207 (partial success) response

    If a 207 status code is received, this means that some of the lines failed to be ingested. An error event is emitted for each failed line and will have the following structure:

    • message <String> - Static message: Non-200 status while ingesting this line
    • meta <Object> - Details about the failed line
      • statusCode <Number> - The http status code for the failed line
      • line <String> - The line that failed to be ingested

    Event: 'removeMetaProperty'

    • <Object>
      • message <String> - Static message: 'Successfully removed meta property'
      • key <String> - The key that was removed

    This is emitted when a key (and implied value) are removed from the global meta object. If the key does not exist, then a warn event with the same signature will be emitted instead.

    Event: 'send'

    • <Object>
      • httpStatus <String> - The status property of the HTTP agent's response
      • firstLine <String> - The first log line in the buffer that was sent
      • lastLine <String> - The last log line in the buffer that was sent
      • totalLinesSent <Number> - The total number of lines in the sent buffer
      • totalLinesReady <Number> - The number of lines left to be sent (if queueing has happened)
      • bufferCount <Number> - The number of buffers left to be sent (if queueing has happened)

    This event is emitted when a buffer is successfully sent to LogDNA. Since a buffer can contain many log entries, this event summarizes the activity. In a high throughput system where flushLimit is exceeded and multiple buffers are waiting to be sent, information like totalLinesReady and bufferCount help illustrate how much work is left to be done. Any buffers that have been queued will be sent one after another, ignoring any flush timer.

    Event: 'warn'

    This event is emitted when there is no log data provided to the log method, or when removeMetaProperty is called with an unrecognized key. For those cases, additional properties (apart from message) are included:

    Warnings during log()

    • statement (Any) - If log() was called with a null string or an invalid data type, this key will contain the given log statement.

    Warnings during agentLog()

    • statement (Any) - If agentLog() was called with a null string or an invalid data type, this key will contain the given log statement.

    Warnings during removeMetaProperty

    • key <String> - The key that the command attempted to remove but that did not exist


    createLogger(key[, options])

    • key <String> - Your ingestion key
    • options <Object>
      • level <String> - Level to be used if not specified elsewhere. Default: INFO
      • levels <Array> - An array of custom log levels to use. Default: Default log levels
      • tags <Array> | <String> - Tags to be added to each message
      • meta <Object> - Global metadata. Added to each message, unless overridden.
      • timeout <Number> - Millisecond timeout for each HTTP request. Default: 30000ms. Max: 300000ms
      • hostname <String> - Hostname for each HTTP request.
      • mac <String> - MAC address for each HTTP request.
      • ip <String> - IPv4 or IPv6 address for each HTTP request.
      • url <String> - URL of the logging server. Default: https://logs.logdna.com/logs/ingest
      • flushLimit <Number> - Maximum total line lengths before a flush is forced. Default: 5000000
      • flushIntervalMs <Number> - Mseconds to wait before sending the buffer. Default: 250ms
      • shimProperties <Array> - List of dynamic options keys to look for when calling log()
      • indexMeta <Boolean> - Controls whether meta data for each message is searchable. Default: false
      • app <String> - Arbitrary app name for labeling each message. Default: default
      • env <String> - An environment label attached to each message
      • baseBackoffMs <Number> - Minimum exponential backoff time in milliseconds. Default: 3000ms
      • maxBackoffMs <Number> - Maximum exponential backoff time in milliseconds. Default: 30000ms
      • withCredentials <Boolean> - Passed to the request library to make CORS requests. Default: false
      • payloadStructure <String> - (LogDNA usage only) Ability to specify a different payload structure for ingestion. Default: default
      • compress <Boolean> - (LogDNA usage only) Compression support for the agent. Default: false
      • proxy <String> - The full URL of an http or https proxy to pass through
      • ignoreRetryableErrors <Boolean> - Do not emit "errors" that are retry-able. Typically, theses are temporary connection-based errors. Default: true
      • sendUserAgent <Boolean> - This option controls the sending of our library's user-agent string in HTTP requests to LogDNA. When this setting is true in a browser context, it may print a console error although the payloads are still sent. Setting this to false in a browser context will retain the user-agent header of the browser. Default: true
    • Throws: <TypeError> | <TypeError> | <Error>
    • Returns: Logger

    Returns a logging instance to use. flushLimit and flushIntervalMs control when the buffer is sent to LogDNA. The flushIntervalMs timer is only started after lines are logged, and the flushLimit is a size approximation based on the summation of .length properties of each log line. If the buffer size exceeds flushLimit, it will immediately send the buffer and ignore the flushIntervalMs timer. Otherwise, a timer will repeatedly flush the buffer every flushIntervalMs milliseconds, as long as the buffer contains log entries.

    If indexMeta is false, then the metadata will still appear in LogDNA search, but the fields themselves will not be searchable. If this option is true, then meta objects will be parsed and searchable up to three levels deep. Any fields deeper than three levels will be stringified and cannot be searched. WARNING: When this option is true, your metadata objects across all types of log messages MUST have consistent types, or the metadata object may not be parsed properly!

    shimProperties can be used to set up keys to look for in the options parameter of a log() call. If the specified keys are found in options, their key-values will be included the top-level of the final logging payload send to LogDNA.

    payloadStructure is only for LogDNA's use in other parts of the system such as our logging agent. It is not intended to be used by public consumers, and it should be left to the default value.

    For more information on the backoff algorithm and the options for it, see the Exponential Backoff Strategy section.

    setupDefaultLogger(key[, options])

    The same as createLogger(), except for that it creates a singleton that will be reused if called again. Users can call this multiple times, and the client package will maintain (create and/or return) the singleton.

    Note that only the first call will instantiate a new instance. Therefore, any successive calls will ignore the provided parameters.

    const logdna = require('@logdna/logger')
    const logger = logdna.setupDefaultLogger('<YOUR KEY HERE>')
    const sameLogger = logdna.setupDefaultLogger()


    This method is for use exclusively by LogDNA, and is not intended for public logging.

    logger.addMetaProperty(key, value)

    This method adds a key-value to the global metadata, which is added to each log entry upon calling log(). Although meta can be set on instantiation, this method provides a way to update it on-the-fly.

    If options.meta is also used in a log() call, the key-value pairs from the global meta will be merged with options.meta, and those new pairs will take precedence over any matching keys in the global metadata.

    // This will use `meta` to track logs from different modules
    const logger = createLogger('<YOUR API KEY>', {
      meta: {
        module: 'main.js' // Global default
    logger.debug('This is the main module') // Uses global meta
    // ... elsewhere, in another file, perhaps
    logger.info('I am in module1.js', {
      meta: {module: __filename} // Overrides global meta


    When flush is called, any messages in the buffer are sent to LogDNA. It's not necessary to call this manually, although it is useful to do so to ensure clean shutdown (see Best Practices). When log is called, it automatically starts a timer that will call flush, but it is idempotent and can be called at any time.

    If log lines exist in the current buffer, it is pushed onto a send queue, and a new buffer is created. The send queue is processed and uploaded to LogDNA.

    If no work needs to be done, the cleared event is immediately emitted.

    logger.log(statement[, options])

    • statement <String> | <Object> - Text or object of the log entry. Objects are serialized.
    • options <String> | <Object> - A string representing a level or an object with the following elements:
      • level <String> - Desired level for the current message. Default: logger.level
      • app <String> - App name to use for the current message. Default: logger.app
      • env <String> - Environement name to use for the current message. Default: logger.env
      • timestamp <Number> - Epoch ms time to use for the current message. Must be within 24 hours. Default: Date.now()
      • context <Object> - Synonym for meta, but mutually exclusive. Ignored if meta exists.
      • indexMeta <Boolean> - Allows for the meta to be searchable in LogDNA. Default: logger.indexMeta
      • meta <Object> - Per-message meta data. Combined with key-values created with addMetaProperty
    • Emits: warn, error

    Sends a string or object to LogDNA for storage. If the convenience methods are used, they call this function under the hood, so the options are the same. The only difference is that level is automatically set in the convenience methods.


    • key <String> - The key (and implied value) to be removed from the global meta object.
    • Emits: warn

    Attempts to remove the given key from the global meta data object. If the key is not found, warn is emitted.

    How Log Lines are Sent to LogDNA

    In default operation, when log functions are called, the line is added to a buffer to cut down on HTTP traffic to the server. The buffer is flushed every flushIntervalMs milliseconds or if the log line lengths grow beyond flushLimit.

    When flush fires (or is called manually), the current buffer is put onto a send queue, and a new buffer is started. The send queue begins sending to LogDNA. It will continue to send without pausing or honoring flushIntervalMs as long as there are buffers in the send queue. When the send queue is empty, cleared is emitted.

    Handling Errors

    • If a 207 status code was received, this means that at least one line failed ingestion. Each offending line and its status code will be emitted as an error.
    • User-level errors (such as 400) will not be retried because they most likely would never be successful (if the message is deemed invalid), and error events are emitted for these errors, also.
    • Connection-based errors or 500-level response status codes will be retried using an exponential backoff strategy, but will also emit error events along the way.
      • HTTP status codes that will retry: 500, 502, 503, 504, 521, 522, 524

    Exponential Backoff Strategy

    When HTTP failures happen, if they are deemed "retryable" (non-user errors), then the client will pause for a short time before trying to resend. The algorithm it implements is an exponential backoff with a "jitter" strategy that uses random numbers statistically to spread out the wait times to avoid flooding.

    The settings for baseBackoffMs and maxBackoffMs are used in this algorithm and serve as the lower and upper boundaries for the wait time.

    These types of errors are blocking since they are related to timeouts and server errors. Logs will continue to buffer as normal, and if the HTTP calls becomes successful, they will begin to send immediately, and without pause.

    Best Practices

    • The client is optimized for high throughput. Using a single instance is no problem, but multiple instances can be created with the same key if desired.
    • Set up an error listener so that your app is aware of problems. Things like HTTP errors are emitted this way.
    • When shutting down your application, ensure all log entries are flushed by waiting for a final cleared event during shutdown:
    const {createLogger} = require('@logdna/logger')
    const {once} = require('events')
    const logger = createLogger('<YOUR KEY HERE>')
    logger.on('error', console.error)
    function onSignal(signal) {
      logger.warn({signal}, 'received signal, shutting down')
    async function shutdown() {
      await once(logger, 'cleared')
    process.on('SIGTERM', onSignal)
    process.on('SIGINT', onSignal)

    Client Side

    Browserify Example

    const {createLogger} = require('@logdna/logger');
    const logger = createLogger('API KEY HERE', {
    , app: 'sequence'
    , indexMeta: true
    const date = new Date().toISOString()
    const logme = () => {
      for (var i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
        logger.log('Hello LogDNA Test ' + date, {
          meta: {
            sequence: i
    setInterval(logme, 5000);

    If the above snippet is saved as a file main.js, then, with Browserify, you can convert this file to a bundle.js file:

    browserify main.js -o bundle.js

    The bundle.js file can be included like any other script:

    <script src="bundle.js"></script>

    When using NodeJS inside a browser, the domain needs to be whitelisted in your LogDNA organization settings.

    Bunyan Stream

    For Bunyan Stream support, reference our logdna-bunyan module.

    Winston Transport

    For Winston support, reference our logdna-winston module.

    Using with AWS Lambda

    AWS Lambda relays stdout and stderr output from your function's code to CloudWatch, but you can easily set up a Logger instance as shown above to send logs to LogDNA instead. If you have existing code that uses console.log and console.error statements, you can also override these console methods to send output to LogDNA without changing your code:

    'use strict'
    const {once} = require('events')
    const {createLogger} = require('@logdna/logger')
    const options = {
      env: 'env'
    , app: 'lambda-app'
    , hostname: 'lambda-test'
    const logger = createLogger('API KEY HERE', options)
    // Override console methods to send logs to both LogDNA and stdout/stderr
    const {
      log: consoleLog
    , error: consoleError
    } = console
    console.log = function(message, ...args) {
      consoleLog(message, ...args)
    console.error = function(message, ...args) {
      consoleError(message, ...args)
    exports.handler = async function handler(event, context) {  
      logger.on('error', consoleError)
      // Your code here
      console.log('Informational log')
        example: 'this is a sample object log'
      console.error('Error log')
      // Ensure logs have been flushed to LogDNA before finishing
      await once(logger, 'cleared')

    Proxy Support

    The logger supports proxying for situations such as corporate proxies that require traffic to be passed through them before reaching the outside world. For such implementations, use the proxy instantiation option to set the full URL of the proxy. It supports both http and https proxy URLs. Under the hood, the logger uses the https-proxy-agent package for this.

    In this example, an http proxy (with credentials) is passed through before reaching LogDNA's secure ingestion endpoint:

    const {createLogger} = require('@logdna/logger')
    const logger = createLogger(apiKey, {
      proxy: 'http://username:pass@yourproxy.company.com:12345'
    , app: 'myapp'
    logger.info('Happy logging through your proxy!')


    Copyright © LogDNA, released under an MIT license. See the LICENSE file and https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT

    Happy Logging!


    Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

    Darin Spivey

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    Ryan Mottley


    Alan Chen


    Mike Del Tito


    Nhut Tran


    Eric Satterwhite


    This project follows the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind welcome!


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