A logger utility


A logger utlity for Node.js using adapters.

Scrib itself is just an event emitter with some fancy methods. The real wok is done by its adapters. When you initialize Scrib, you load one or more adapters for it. When you tell Scrib to log something, it's going to tell every adapter about your log and they'll handle it in their way e.g. send an e-mail or write to a log file.

For Scrib everything is a message. Every error, warning or log is a message. Each message has following properties:

  • message: A short message describing itself
  • data = {}: Optional data (e.g. API response)
  • priority = 0: The message's importance as a number equal or greater than 0
  • id = null: An ID to specify the message. Useful for errors
  • category = null: A category to group messages (e.g. Database)
  • time = The timestamp when we logged
npm install scrib
var Scrib = require("Scrib"),
    logger = new Scrib({
        "local": {
            file: "./log.txt"
        function(e) {
            // If during Scrib's startup an error appeared we should stop the process 
            if(e) throw e;
            logger.put("Hello World");

This example loads the local-adapter for Scrib. After Scrib finished loading it's going to call the callback.

When you want to write one yourself, have a look at this.

Initalizes a new logger. adapters is a object where each key is an adapter's name and the value is an config object which is going to be passed into the adapter. Scrib first tries to require scrib-{ADAPTER} and then the file directly (see the code). callback is a callback where the first argument is an error.

new Scrib({
    // Will require scrib-local 
    "local": {},
    // Wll require ./adapter.js 
    "./adapter.js": {},
    function(e) {}

The simplest way to log something:

logger.put("API limit reached", { limit: 5000 }, 10, "API_LIMIT", "API");

If we don't want to call Scrib.put each time using priority, category and message, we can simply register a message and then log it using Scrib.log and the ID:

logger.register("API_LIMIT", "API limit reached", 10, "API");
logger.log("API_LIMIT", { limit: 5000 });

This transforms an Error object into a message and then logs it:

try {
    throw new Error("Ups");
} catch(e) 

If e is an error thrown by libuv, Scrib will trun it into a message: message is e.description, id is e.code, data.errno is e.errno. Additional data from e is merged into data (see code).

Scrib inherits from EventEmitter and has its functions.

  • log: Emitted for each log
  • id:ID: Emitted for each log if it's ID is ID, e.g. id:API_TIMEOUT
  • category:CATEGORY: Emitted for each log if it's category is category, e.g. category:API


git clone git://
cd scrib
npm install
npm test

Licensed under the MIT License.