Thinnest possible logging

Simplest Possible Logging

console.log and console.error is really enough and the world has too many log frameworks. This library should not be used, but if you decide to anyway, you get the following:

  • Timestamped log lines in local time zone.
  • Log levels: DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR
  • Possible to redirect.
  • Reasonable defaults.
  • Singleton

The default log level is INFO. Debug messages are not shown. Info, warnings and errors are.

By default DEBUG and INFO go to console.log (and thus stdout), while WARN and ERROR go to console.error (thus stderr).

*** 1.0.0 - changed to local time zone. Earlier versions times were always in Zulu.

The default time format is ISO8601 in the local time zone.

npm install bog
var log = require('bog');'Something wonderful has happened Your AMIGA is alive !!!');

Would produce:

2013-06-13 19:05:35.482 INFO Something wonderful has happened Your AMIGA is alive !!!

Same as

Outputs logging at the INFO level. args is one or many arguments which is passed to the output function.'and, even', 'better...');


2013-06-13 19:05:35.482 INFO and even better...

N.b. The above is conceptually the same as

console.log((new Date()).toISOString(), 'INFO', 'and, even', 'better...');

Same as, but to stderr.

Same as, but to stderr.

Sets the lowest reported log level, for example warn would enable warn and error, and disable debug and info.


out is the output function for DEBUG and INFO and err is the output function for WARN and ERROR. null is appropriate to turn off output.

log.redirect(null, null); // silences all logging 
log.redirect(console.log, console.error); // reinstates defaults 

Spills the beans of the internal config. Can be used to alter the formatting.

log.config().format = function(levelargs) {
    if (level === 'info') {
    return args;

*** Since 1.0.0

It's possible to turn on the time designator and timezone.

log.config().includeTimeDesignator = true;
log.config().includeTimeZone = true;'Something wonderful has happened Your AMIGA is alive !!!');

If machine timezone is India this would produce:

2013-06-13T19:05:35.482+0530 INFO Something wonderful has happened Your AMIGA is alive !!!

Notice that zulu (GMT) time is denoted by a 'Z'.

MIT License (MIT).