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What is it

Bucker is a simple logging module that has everything you need to make your logs sane, readable, and useful.


var logger = require('bucker').createLogger(opts, module);'informational message');
logger.debug('debug message');
logger.log('also works for informational messsages');
logger.module('something_else').info('and you can override the module name temporarily if you want');
logger.tags(['showing', 'off']).info('and we also support tags now');

Where opts is an optional object containing your configuration options, and the module reference is optionally used for namespacing your logs and can be omitted.

Log levels available are, debug, info, warn, and error. When specifying a level in your initial options, items will only be logged if they are equal to or above the level chosen. For example, if options contains a level of 'info', debug messages will be ignored while info, warn, and error level messages will be logged.

Messages are passed through util.format so can be more than simple strings, and work very similar to console.log.

Included in the logger is a middleware for connect/express that writes access logs, to use it simply add it to your middleware stack


In addition to the connect middleware, bucker also exports a Hapi plugin. To use it, simply load it into your plugins

pack.require('bucker', { .. opts .. }, function (err) {
  if (err) console.error('failed loading bucker plugin');


Bucker also provides createNullLogger() which returns a null logger that does, well, nothing. A null logger allows you to implement a default logger in an object that does nothing, allowing a real logger to be passed into your object at runtime. e.g:

var bucker = require('bucker');
function SomeApi (options) {
    options = options || {};
    this.logger = options.logger || bucker.createNullLogger();
SomeApi.prototype.someMethod = function () {'[someMethod] was called');
var apiUnlogged = new SomeApi();
apiUnlogged.someMethod(); //=> Nothing logged, but doesn't blow up either 
var logger = bucker.createLogger({ console: true }, 'MyApp');
var apiLogged = new SomeApi({ logger: appLogger.module('Api') });
apiLogged.someMethod(); //=> logs '[someMethod was called]' with the logger 

The null logger implements all the methods of a bucker logger's public API, so it's methods can be called, chained, etc as normal with no ill-effect.

Frontend Usage

Thanks to Johannes Boyne, there exists a module to relay frontend logs to a receiver on your server for storage and display. You can read more about it here


  • app - filename to save application log items to.
  • error - filename to save error log items to. if this is not specified, errors will be combined with the regular app log if one is available.
  • access - filename to save access log items to.
  • console - boolean specifying if we should print to console or not.
  • syslog - a host:port combination to send logs to via syslog (e.g. 'localhost:6500'). port defaults to 514 if not specified. this may also be specified as an object, as in { host: 'localhost', port: 514 }
  • logstash - an object describing the host to ship logstash formatted events to, this is documented further below
  • level - minimum level to log, this can be specified as a string (i.e. 'error') or as a number (i.e. 3). items that are below this level will not be logged.
  • name - name to use when namespacing logs. note that this will override the module reference if one is passed.
  • handleExceptions - a boolean to indicate whether or not we should add an uncaughtException handler. the handler will log the event as an exception, then process.exit(1).
  • hapi - when using bucker for logging as a hapi plugin we add a handler to the server's 'log' event and log the data with an appropriate log level based on the tags provided. You can prevent this behavior by adding the property 'handleLog', set as false to the hapi object hapi: { handleLog: false }

The above list describes the most basic usage of each option. Below, I've written out an example config object that shows all available options. In addition to the 'app' option, individual configurations may be set for each log level supporting the same options as the 'app' and 'error' items. If no level options are specified, the defaults (those passed to the 'app' and/or 'error' options) will be used.

{ file: {
    filename: '/path/to/file',
    format: ':level :time :data',
    timestamp: 'HH:mm:ss',
    accessFormat: ':time :level :method :status :url'
  console: {
    color: false
  syslog: {
    host: 'localhost',
    port: 514,
    facility: 18
  logstash: {
    redis: true, // send as redis pubsub messages 
    // udp: true, // or send directly over UDP, *NOTE* you can only use one or the other, never both 
    host: '', // defaults to localhost 
    port: 12345, // defaults to 6379 for redis, 9999 for udp 
    key: 'bucker_logs', // defaults to 'bucker', this is only used for the redis transport 
    channel: true, // use redis pubsub 
    list: false, // use a redis list *NOTE* if channel is false, list usage is forced 
    source_host: '' // this sets the @source_host field in logstash 

Note that the format and timestamp options are not available to the syslog facility, though they are available to file and console. the accessFormat option is available for every transport. Timestamp may be set to false to prevent timestamps from being printed. Obviously, the filename option is exclusive to the file transport. Additionally, the color option is exclusive to the console transport and the facility, host, and port options to the syslog transport.

None of the format options are available to the logstash transport, since it sends logs using logstash's internal format.

If you have questions, feature requests, or comments, please create an issue and I'll respond to them as soon as I'm able.