cedar

User-friendly logger

Cedar

Cedar is a Node.js log, designed to be fast, extensible, and super useful.

  • Modifiable logging prefixes, formatters, and stringify functions.
  • Logs which are functions, allowing shorthand calls.
  • A console transport with color unicode symbols and helpful code snippets inside stack traces.
  • A file transport that can rotate by day, hour or minute.
  • A multi transport, which supports cluster, sending worker logs to the master process.

Add cedar to your dependencies.

npm install --save cedar

Create a log, and use it.

var log = require('cedar')([
  {
    transport: 'console' // Default. 
    level: 'trace' // Default. 
  },
  {
    transport: 'file',
    level: 'info',
    path: 'log/${YYYY}/${MM}/${DD}/app_${HOST}.log'
  }
]);
 
log('Log a string'); // Shorthand. 
log.debug(['or', 'an', 'array']);
log.trace({or: 'JSON of course'});
log.log('and', 'multiple', 'arguments', 'are', 'supported.', true);
log.info('This message will also log to file, based on `level`.')
 
log.trace('This gets formatted as a trace message, with a stack trace');
log.debug('This gets formatted as a debug message.');
log.log('This gets formatted as a log message.');
log.info('This gets formatted as an info message.');
log.warn('This gets formatted as a warning message.', error);
log.error('This gets formatted as an error message.', error);
log.fatal('This gets formatted as a fatal error message.', error);

Each Cedar transport has properties with defaults that can be overridden using a config object. They also have getters and setters, allowing you to change them later.

For example:

// Set the log `level` in a configuration object. 
var log = require('cedar')({level: 'warn'}); // "warn", "error" and "fatal". 
 
log('log');         // Ignore. 
log.error('error'); // Log "error". 
 
// Assign the `level`, thereby invoking its setter. 
log.level = 'debug';
 
log('log');         // Log "log". 
log.error('error'); // Log "error". 
log.trace('trace'); // Ignore. 

Configures the minimum level of logging that is shown (default: trace).

var log = require('cedar')();
log.level = 'debug';

Setting to a level from this list will enable logs of that level and all of the levels after it: debug, trace, log, info, warn, error and fatal. Setting the level to nothing will stop all logs.

Customize prefixes for the color log messages.

require('colors');
 
var log = require('cedar')();
log.prefixes = {
  trace: 'TRACE: '.cyan,
  debug: 'DEBUG: '.magenta,
  log:   'LOG:   '.grey,
  info:  'INFO:  '.green,
  warn:  'WARN:  '.yellow,
  error: 'ERROR: '.red,
  fatal: 'FATAL: '.red
};

Configures the spacing that stringify uses.

var log = require('cedar')();
log.space = '  ';

The default is two spaces.

Customize the message format, given 3 arguments.

var log = require('cedar')();
log.format = function (messageprefixtype) {
  return prefix + message + ' from log.' + type + '!';
});
log.info('Hello'); // "INFO Hello from log.info!" 

Cedar currently supports 4 main transports: "base", "console", "file" and "multi". Each transport takes an optional configuration object.

The base transport writes to a stream, and other transports extend it.

var fs = require('fs');
var writeStream = fs.createWriteStream('my.log');
var base = require('cedar')('base', {stream: writeStream});
base.log('Write this string to `my.log`');

The console log writes to process.stdout with pretty colors.

Console is the default transport, so the following are equivalent:

log = require('cedar')();
log = require('cedar')('color');

The file log writes JSON messages to a file. In addition, it acts as a simple event emitter so you can receive notifications when file rotation events occur.

var file = require('cedar')('file', {
  path: 'log/app_${YYYY}-${MM}-${DD}_${HH}:${NN}_${HOST}.log'
});
file.info('This will go into a file.');
 
var console = require('cedar')();
 
file.on('open', function (path) {
  console.log('Opened "' + path + '" for logging.');
});
 
file.on('close', function (path) {
  console.log('Closed "' + path + '".');
});

The multi log writes to multiple logs at once. Its configuration object is an array of configurations with transports specified by a transport property.

var log = require('cedar')([
  {transport: 'console'},
  {transport: 'file', level: 'info', path: 'log/app_${YYYY}-${MM}-${DD}_${HOST}.log'},
  {transport: 'file', level: 'error', path: 'log/${YYYY}/${MM}/${DD}/error_${HOST}.log'}
]);

We would like to thank all of the amazing people who use, support, promote, enhance, document, patch, and submit comments & issues. Cedar couldn't exist without you.

Additionally, huge thanks go to Goin’ for employing and supporting Cedar project maintainers, and for being an epically awesome place to work (and play).

Copyright (c) 2014 Sam Eubank

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Code changes are welcome and encouraged! Please follow our process:

  1. Fork the repository on GitHub.
  2. Fix the issue ensuring that your code follows the style guide.
  3. Add tests for your new code, ensuring that you have 100% code coverage. (If necessary, we can help you reach 100% prior to merging.)
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