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Node.js module for native bindings to the dearly beloved systemd-journald.


This example will start an ExpressJS server. Open your browser and visit: http://localhost:3000/{a}/{b}

The server will return the result of a divided by b. You feel subversive and may want to try b equals zero?! ;)

// npm install express systemd-journald
const Journald = require('systemd-journald');
const app = require('express')();

// This creates a new logging instance. The stated object defines default
// journal fields attached to every logging entry. syslog_identifier is the
// name displayed along with the log lines.
const log = new Journald({syslog_identifier: 'awesome-divide'});

app.get('/:a/:b', (req, res) => {
  try {

    // Convert numbers
    let a = parseInt(req.params.a);
    let b = parseInt(req.params.b);

    // Divide a by b
    let q = a / b;

    // Throw an error if the result is not a number
    // Funny side fact: In the first place I checked:
    // if( typeof q != 'number' ) ...
    // Well, this was not working. Infinity is recognised as 'number' and, you
    // might already guessed it, NaN as well! Javascript as we know and love it.
    if(isNaN(q) || q === Infinity ) throw new Error('No number!');

    // Send the result to the client

    // Log this request with priority 7
    log.debug('Just answered a request', {
      'dividend'   : a,
      'divisor'    : b,
      'quotient'   : q,
      'remote_addr': req.connection.remoteAddress

    // Are you interested in the requests of a specific IP? Try:
    // $ journalctl -t awesome-divide REMOTE_ADDR={IP}
    // As you can see, you have to enter the field names in capital letters.

  } catch(e) {

    // The user screwed up! This will write the error message and stack trace to
    // the journal with priority 3. Checkout your journal:
    // $ journalctl -t awesome-divide -p 3 -o json-pretty





Install build dependencies

Debian-flavoured Linux distributions:

sudo apt-get install build-essential \
                     pkg-config \

RHEL 7 flavoured Linux distributions:

sudo yum install gcc gcc-c++ make git \

NPM Install

In all cases, once the build dependencies are installed:

npm install systemd-journald --save


const Journald = require( 'systemd-journald' );
const log = new Journald( defaultFields );

                                // Corresponding syslog level:
log.emerg( message, fields );   // - LOG_EMERG
log.alert( message, fields );   // - LOG_ALERT
log.crit( message, fields );    // - LOG_CRIT
log.err( message, fields );     // - LOG_ERR
log.warning( message, fields ); // - LOG_WARNING
log.notice( message, fields );  // - LOG_NOTICE message, fields );    // - LOG_INFO
log.debug( message, fields );   // - LOG_DEBUG
  • message: String or instance of Error.
  • fields: Further key-value data attached to the journal. Nested objects will be also included in the journal. Keys will be converted to upper-case. {'obj': {'nested': 'Chuck Norris'}} will become OBJ_NESTED=Chuck Norris. Quite handy for filtering the journal.
  • defaultFields: Fields attached to every entry. They may be overridden by fields.


Sepcial thanks to:

  • ianare for improving compatibility with older systemd versions.
  • jez9999 for making this module immune to future changes of syslog levels.
  • Z3TA is responsible for CODE_FILE, CODE_FUNC and CODE_LINE being settable by the fields parameter.
  • bryanburgers introduced the idea of default fields.
  • spion for introducing compatibility with NodeJS 12 while preserving compatibility down to Node 0.10.
  • GaikwadPratik for porting this module from NAN to Node-API.

I owe you a drink!


This module has been written after some unsuccessful attempts to get the module journald version 0.0.5 working under NodeJS 4.x / 5.x. Due to massive API changes of the v8 engine this module is fully broken from the point of view of recent NodeJS releases. So I rewrote it - this time with a little help of Native Abstractions for Node.js (nan). The nice guys from nan promised to ensure compatibility even on future API changes of v8. We will see ;)

Update: They've kept the promise - but we've changed to the on-board solution for native modules: Node-API. We hope to have even less problems with keeping this module compatible to NodeJS.

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