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Simplified logging for node applications

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Chronicle is built on top of all the great work done by "Sindre Sorhus" and other collaborators of the chalk project. This project is not directly associated with chalk other than chalk being a core dependency of Chronicle.

IMPORTANT: Please note that although Chronicle can be configured to any color through chalk, your output is subject to your terminal's color limitations.


  • Fully configurable
  • Simple and Expressive API
  • Highly performant


npm install node-chronicle


import Chronicle from 'chronicle';

const chronicle = new Chronicle();'Info: sample application has started');
chronicle.warn('Warning: this is just a sample');
chronicle.error('Error: no application logic detected', true); // logs to logs/error.log file

Easily define your own logging mechanism and color-coding preference:

import Chronicle from 'chronicle';

const chronicle = new Chronicle({
  systemLogs: {
    blue: '#007cae', // indigo blue
    yellow: '#ae8f00', // bright orange
    red: 'red',
});'Info: using custom method blue, sample application has started');
chronicle.yellow('Warning: using custom method yellow, this is just a sample');'Error: using custom method red, no application logic detected', false);

Customize logging options to best suit your project

import Chronicle from 'chronicle';

const chronicle = new Chronicle({
  logToFileByDefault: true,
  logTimestamp: true,
  path: 'custom-logs', // <project root>/custom-logs/*.log
  prefix: '--------------------------------------------------------------- \n',
  suffix: '\n=============================================================== \n',
});'Info: sample application has started');

Add additional log types extending the default options of "info", "warn", "error" and "debug"

import Chronicle from '../source/index.js';

const chronicle = new Chronicle({ additionalLogs: { question: 'green' } });

// create additional log with direct chalk configuration
chronicle.defineType('query', chronicle.chalk().black.bgGreen);

chronicle.question('What will a fully custom chalk color function look like?');
await chronicle.query('This is what a custom chalk color setting looks like', true);


Defining Logs & Colors

By default, Chronicle is instantiated with the following options:

  additionalLogs: {},
  systemLogs: {
    info: 'cyan',
    warn: 'yellow',
    error: 'red',

You can add to a new log/color setting by passing the additionalLogs option to the Chronicle constructor. Any setting that already exists in systemLogs will be replaced, otherwise they will be added.

  const chronicle = new Chronicle({ additionalLogs: { info: 'green', custom: 'cyan' } });

  // output configuration:
    info: 'green',
    warn: 'yellow',
    error: 'red',
    custom: 'cyan'

Chronicle will generate convenience methods for all keys provided, with the corresponding color settings. The example above would create the following convenience methods, for logging: // green output
  chronicle.warn() // yellow output
  chronicle.error() // red output
  chronicle.custom() // cyan output

These methods can then be called in your application with logging parameters.

Color settings are handled by determining whether your input is a color name or a hex value (prefixed with #). For example, passing red as a color setting will utilize, while passing #ff0000 would use chalk.hex('#ff0000') instead. A list of available colors can be found in chalks' documentation.

Additionally, these methods return a promise when logToFile is true, allowing you use them with await in an async method, or append then(), catch(), or finally() for more advanced callback usage.

async method() {
  await chronicle.error('error message', true);

  // do something after logs/error.log (default) is created

The Debug Method

Chronicle allows for the chronicle.debug() method to be overridden by a color setting. However, by default we do not define a color for debug and debug is handled differently. For console logging, all debug does is output the following:

// For logging to console:

// For writing to file:
JSON.stringify(content, null, 2);

We believe that when wanting to output complicated objects or debug typescript applications, there are better methods than utilizing this Chronicle package. But for anyone who's fully incorporated Chronicle into their project, this function offers some convenience.

Logging Parameters

chronicle.error('error message', true, false); // content, logToFile, overwrite
Parameter Type Default Description
content String Content of log that will output on your console.
logToFile Boolean false Option to log content to file.
overwrite Boolean false
(true on debug())
Option to overwrite log file, rather than append to it. This option is redundant if logToFile is false.

logToFile will log to /logs unless configured differently during instantiation.


When instantiating Chronicle, you can pass an object to customize your settings. Below is the default configuration:

const chronicle = new Chronicle({
  logToFileByDefault: false,
  logTimestamp: false,
  path: 'logs/',
  prefix: '',
  suffix: '',
  additionalLogs: {},
  systemLogs: {
    info: 'cyan',
    warn: 'yellow',
    error: 'red',
Option Type Default Description
logToFileByDefault Boolean false Option to change default setting for logToFile parameter of logging functions.
logTimestamp Boolean false Option to include timestamp in console logging. Timestamps are automatically included in file logs.
path String 'logs/' Path in which to store log files. This setting is relative to your project's root directory.
prefix String '' Prefix string to prepend all log messages for all log types with the exception of debug.
suffix String '' Suffix string to tack on to all log messages for all log types with the exception of debug.
additionalLogs Object Key value pair object containing log type to color setting for logs that will be merged with systemLogs
systemLogs Object Key value pair object containing log type to color setting for main Chronicle logs available in application

additionalLogs and systemLogs are explained with more detail in the defining logs and colors section.

Advanced Configuration

You may want to do more than just pick a basic color for your output. chalk offers a variety of different options, and can be configured via defineType(). Chronicle exposes the chalk instance via chalk() so that you don't have to import chalk directly into your project. Here is an example of how you can use this method to fully customize your log color setting:

const chronicle = new Chronicle();

chronicle.defineType('critical', chronicle.chalk();
chronicle.critical('This is a critical error');

Additionally, any configuration that can be set during instantiation, can also be applied exclusively to any given type by passing in a third options parameter.

// params: type, setting, options
chronicle.definetype('notice', '#c0c0c0', {
  prefix: '--------------------------------------------------------------- \n',
  suffix: '\n=============================================================== \n'

defineType() params

Parameter Type Description
type String Create or overwrites a logging function for the given type.
setting String or Function Color setting or chalk function
options Object Configure any setting only to the given type rather than globally. See configuration for list of options
const chronicle = new Chronicle();

chronicle.defineType('info', chronicle.chalk().black.bgCyan);
chronicle.defineType('critical', chronicle.chalk();
chronicle.defineType('dialog', 'magentaBright');
chronicle.definetype('notice', '#c0c0c0', {
  prefix: '--------------------------------------------------------------- \n',
  suffix: '\n=============================================================== \n'
});'This pre-existing log now has a cyan background and black foreground');
chronicle.critical('This new log is bold and red');
chronicle.dialog('This new dialog is bright magenta');
chronicle.notice('This new log is the hex "#c0c0c0" share of gray');

defineType() can also be used as an alternative to populating the additionalLogs setting in the constructor, as if the setting doesn't already exist, it will then be created.


As a team of developers who are constantly working on side projects, we often litter our codebase with TODOs to refactor convenience utils such as chronicle into classes of their own, or projects of their own. This usually turns into internal tech debt that never gets addressed. Furthermore, we also often find ourselves going the copy -> paste -> modify route of previously written useful logic, which saves us time in new projects, but not as much as it would if all we had to do was run an npm install instead.

With that in mind, we are proud to release chronicle as an open source package, in hopes others will find this just as useful as we do in their own projects.


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