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    Just a simple logging module for your Electron or NW.js application. No dependencies. No complicated configuration. Just require and use. Also, it can be used without Electron in any node.js application.

    By default, it writes logs to the following locations:

    • on Linux: ~/.config/{app name}/logs/{process type}.log
    • on macOS: ~/Library/Logs/{app name}/{process type}.log
    • on Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\{app name}\logs\{process type}.log


    Install with npm:

    npm install electron-log


    const log = require('electron-log');'Hello, log');
    log.warn('Some problem appears');

    electron-log v2.x, v3.x

    If you would like to upgrade to the latest version, read the migration guide and the changelog.

    Log levels

    electron-log supports the following log levels:

    error, warn, info, verbose, debug, silly


    If you've got an error like require is not defined in a renderer process, read the nodeIntegration section.


    Transport is a simple function which does some work with log message. By default, two transports are active: console and file.

    If you change some transport options, make sure you apply the changes both in main and renderer processes.

    You can set transport options or use methods using:

    log.transports.console.format = '{h}:{i}:{s} {text}';


    Console transport

    Just prints a log message to application console (main process) or to DevTools console (renderer process).

    • format, default '%c{h}:{i}:{s}.{ms}%c › {text}' (main), '{h}:{i}:{s}.{ms} › {text}' (renderer)
    • level, default 'silly'
    • useStyles, use styles in the main process even if TTY isn't attached, default null

    File transport

    The file transport writes log messages to a file.

    • format, default '[{y}-{m}-{d} {h}:{i}:{s}.{ms}] [{level}] {text}'
    • level, default 'silly'
    • resolvePath function sets the log path, for example
    log.transports.file.resolvePath = () => path.join(APP_DATA, 'logs/main.log');

    Read more about file transport.

    IPC transport

    When logging inside renderer process, it also shows log in application console and vice versa. This transport can impact on performance, so it's disabled by default for packaged application.

    If you don't use electron-log in the main process but want to show renderer logs in the console, add require('electron-log') somewhere in the main code.

    • level, default 'silly'

    Remote transport

    Sends a JSON POST request with LogMessage in the body to the specified url.

    • level, default false
    • url, remote endpoint

    Read more about remote transport.

    Disable a transport

    Just set level property to false, for example:

    log.transports.file.level = false;
    log.transports.console.level = false;

    Override/add a custom transport

    Transport is just a function (msg: LogMessage) => void, so you can easily override/add your own transport. More info.

    Overriding console.log

    Sometimes it's helpful to use electron-log instead of default console. It's pretty easy:

    console.log = log.log;

    If you would like to override other functions like error, warn and so on:

    Object.assign(console, log.functions);


    Colors can be used for both main and DevTools console.'%cRed text. %cGreen text', 'color: red', 'color: green')

    Available colors:

    • unset (reset to default color)
    • black
    • red
    • green
    • yellow
    • blue
    • magenta
    • cyan
    • white

    For DevTools console you can use other CSS properties.

    Catch errors

    electron-log can catch and log unhandled errors/rejected promises:


    More info.


    In some situations, you may want to get more control over logging. Hook is a function which is called on each transport call.

    (message: LogMessage, transport: Transport) => LogMessage

    More info.

    Multiple logger instances

    You can create multiple logger instances with different settings:

    const electronLog = require('electron-log');
    const log = electronLog.create('anotherInstance');

    Logging scopes

    const log = require('electron-log');
    const userLog = log.scope('user');'message with user scope');
    // Prints 12:12:21.962 (user) › message with user scope

    Web Worker

    It's possible to use the module with Web Worker. However, ipc transport is not active, so log messages from worker are not displayed in the main app console.



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