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a tiny little log formatter for pino.

yeah, i know, pino-colada...

...but is does some weird black box stuff, and i did not like some of the formatting, and i was generally not too happy about certain things, so...

i made pino-tiny!


using it

pino-tiny is ran like any other pino output mangler, you run it as a process and pipe to it. first you need to install it. it's really not meant to be a production log formatter, so prolly install it in your project as a dev-dependency.

npm i -D pino-tiny
yarn add --dev pino-tiny it with your application that is already using pino to log stuff...

$ node index.js | pino-tiny

CLI Arguments

Now you can tweak the output a bit with command line arguments

      --help            Show help                                      
      --version         Show version number                            
  -i, --hide-icons      Hide level emoji icons.       
  -l, --hide-letters    Hide level letters.           
  -t, --hide-timestamp  Hide the timestamp.           
  -c, --hide-colors     Remove ansi colors from output.
  -w, --hide-web        Hide web stats.               
  -m, --msg-key         The key to use for message from the JSON log data.                                               

...or put it in your package.json file...

  "scripts": {
    "dev": "nodemon index.js | pino-tiny",

use it in code!

pino-tiny can be used in code too as a prettifier, if you want. here is how you set it up:

const { PinoTinyPrettifier } = require('pino-pretty')
const Pino = require('pino')

const logger = new Pino({
  prettifier: PinoTinyPrettifier(/*{[options]}*/),
  prettyPrint: true

logger.trace('trace message')
logger.debug('debug message')'info message')
logger.warn('warn message')
logger.error('error message')
logger.fatal('fatal message')

Prettifier Options

The prettifier has the same options as the cli. Plus a filter function.

PinoTinyOptions {
  hideIcons?: boolean
  hideLetters?: boolean
  hideTimestamp?: boolean
  hideColors?: boolean
  hideWeb?: boolean
  msgKey?: string
  filter?: (data: any) => any | undefined

The filter option allows you to filter and process the log data. So you can do something like

// remove ansi colors and remove messages that have secrets.
const logger = new Pino({
  prettifier: PinoTinyPrettifier(
      hideColor: true,
      filter:(data) => {
        if (data.hasSecret) {
          return {, msg:'*** secret ***' }
        } else {
          return data
  prettyPrint: true


pino-tiny runs like a process you pipe the output of your application into and it makes nice output. it also exports a function Run that takes the filter option function as a parameter.

this allows you to control if a log entry gets printed, and you can mangle the output (in the msg property of the log). here is a ridiculous example:

const { Run } = require('pino-tiny')

function filter (data) {
  if(data.msg.indexOf('happy') >= 0) { 
      // nothing happy gets out.
      return false; 
  else {
      // prepend msg with woah.
      return {
          msg: `[woah!] ${data.msg}`
//start the logger

what does pino-tiny do?

  • shows log level, 3 characters (and not a emoji icon), color coded, and ??? for custom log levels.
  • timestamps (no dates). you know what day it is but millisecond timestamps give you some performance output
  • strips all but the msg for output
  • if there is are res and req properties in the log data, it will put dimmed request and response info (method, url, status code).
  • non-json string data that get piped in (like nodemon) get treated as info logs and outputted.
  • does not swallow error messages
  • non-pino JSON will be logged as dimmed stringified JSON

New in v2.0

  • programmatic prettifier
  • better colors
  • handle non-pino json
  • emojis! 🔎 🪲 ℹ️ ⚠️ 🔥 💣
  • src is now in typescript

New in v2.1

  • added prettifier options
  • added prettifier options as cli args
  • added back the filter method in options
  • added back the extensibility

New in v2.2

  • dep version bumps
  • support for msg and message in logger

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