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ūüĆ≤ Timber - Great Node Logging Made Easy

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Timber for Node is great Node logging made easy. It requires no changes to your existing logging statements, it automatically enhances your logs with context and metadata, and it pairs with the Timber console to deliver a highly productive logging experience.

  1. Installation - Simple setup
  2. Usage - Clean API. Works with console, winston, and bunyan.
  3. Integrations - Automatic context and metadata for your existing logs
  4. The Timber Console - Beautiful, fast, and designed for developers
  5. Get things done with your logs ūüí™

Installation

Signup at timber.io and follow the in-app instructions.

For those interested in manual instructions, see the timber.io installation docs.

Usage

Basic logging

No special API, Timber works directly with your logger of choice:

// console
console.log("My log message")
console.info("My log message")
console.warn("My log message")
console.error("My log message")
 
// winston
winston.info("My log message")
winston.warn("My log message")
// ...
 
// bunyan
logger.info("My log message")
logger.warn("My log message")
// ...

Logging events (structured data)

Log structured data without sacrificing readability:

// console
console.warn("Payment rejected", {
  event: {
    payment_rejected: { customer_id: "abcd1234", amount: 100, reason: "Card expired" }
  }
});
 
// winston
winston.warn("Payment rejected", {
  event: {
    payment_rejected: { customer_id: "abcd1234", amount: 100, reason: "Card expired" }
  }
});
 
// bunyan
logger.warn({
  event: {
    payment_rejected: { customer_id: "abcd1234", amount: 100, reason: "Card expired" }
  }
}, "Payment rejected");

Setting context

Context for node is coming soon! Because node does not have a concept of local storage, we're working to implement continuation local storage. This will enable shared join data across your logs, allowing you to relate them.

Star / watch this repo to be notified when this goes live!

Configuration

Express middleware

If you're using express, you can use the timber middleware to automatically log all http request/response events

const express = require('express')
const timber = require('timber')
 
// first we create a writeable stream that your logs will get sent to
const transport = new timber.transports.HTTPS('your-timber-api-key');
 
// attach the stream to stdout
timber.install(transport);
 
// create our express app
const app = express()
 
// attach the timber middleware
app.use(timber.middlewares.express())
 
app.get('/', function (req, res) {
  res.send('hello, world!')
})
 
// Output:
// => Started GET "/" @metadata {"level": "error", "context": {...}}
// => Outgoing HTTP response 200 in 2ms @metadata {"level": "error", "context": {...}}

The express middleware accepts a single argument for configuration options. To learn more about the available options, visit the express integration docs


Logging with Winston

If you're using winston, you can use the winston transport to send all of winston's logs to timber.io

const winston = require('winston')
const timber = require('timber')
 
const transport = new timber.transports.HTTPS('your-api-key')
timber.install(transport)
 
winston.remove(winston.transports.Console)
winston.add(winston.transports.Console, {
  formatter: timber.formatters.Winston
})
 
winston.log('info', 'Sample log message')
 
// Output:
// => Sample log message @metadata {"level": "info", ... }

When you pass a metadata object to winston, timber will automatically augment your log line with it:

winston.log('info', 'Log message with metadata', { user: 'username' })
 
// Output:
// => Log message with metadata @metadata {"level": "info", meta: { user: 'username' }, ... }

You can augment your log with a custom event by providing an event key at the root of your metadata object:

winston.log('info', 'Log message with event', { event: custom_event_name: { ... } })
 
// Output:
// => Log message with event @metadata {"level": "info", event: { custom_event_name: { ... } }, ... }

Adding custom context is just as easily done by adding the context key to the root of your metadata object:

winston.log('info', 'Log message with event', { context: { ... } })
 
// Output:
// => Log message with event @metadata {"level": "info", context: { ... }, ... }

If you're using the timber express middleware, you'll most likely want to configure it to use winston as the logger. This can be done by setting the logger config attribute to winston:

timber.config.logger = winston

Logging with Bunyan

If you're using bunyan, you can use the bunyan transport to send all of bunyan's logs to timber.io

const bunyan = require('bunyan')
const timber = require('timber')
 
const winston = require('winston')
const timber = require('timber')
 
const transport = new timber.transports.HTTPS('your-api-key')
timber.install(transport)
 
const log = bunyan.createLogger({ name: 'Timber Logger' })
 
log.info('Sample log message')
 
// Output:
// => Sample log message @metadata {"level": "info", ... }

If you want to augment your log with custom metadata, simply add an object as the first argument:

log.info({ user: 'username' }, 'Log message with metadata')
 
// Output:
// => Log message with metadata @metadata {"level": "info", meta: { user: 'username' }}, ... }

You can augment your log with a custom event by providing an event key at the root of your metadata object:

log.info({ event: { custom_event_name: { ... } } }, 'Log message with event')
 
// Output:
// => Log message with event @metadata {"level": "info", event: { custom_event_name: { ... } }, ... }

Adding custom context is just as easily done by adding the context key to the root of your metadata object:

log.info({ context: { ... } }, 'Log message with event')
 
// Output:
// => Log message with event @metadata {"level": "info", context: { ... }, ... }

If you're using the timber express middleware, you'll most likely want to configure it to use bunyan as the logger. This can be done by setting the logger config attribute to the bunyan logger you created:

timber.config.logger = log

Attaching a custom stream

By default, Timber makes attaching to stdout and stderr very easy through the convenient timber.install(transport) function. However, it's possible to attach the transport to any writeable stream using the timber.attach() function!

const transport = timber.transports.HTTPS('timber-api-key')
 
// This is what the install() command is doing:
timber.attach([transport], process.stdout)
timber.attach([transport], process.stderr)
// => This sends all logs from stdout directly to Timber
 
// You can attach multiple unique transport streams to each stream:
const file_transport = fs.createWriteStream("./output.log", {flags: "a"})
timber.attach([transport, file_transport], process.stdout)
// => This sends all logs from stdout to Timber, stdout, and a custom log file

Integrations

Timber integrates with popular frameworks and libraries to capture context and metadata you couldn't otherwise. This automatically augments logs produced by these libraries, making them easier to search and use. Below is a list of libraries we support:

...more coming soon! Make a request by opening an issue

Get things done with your logs

Logging features designed to help developers get more done:

  1. Powerful searching. - Find what you need faster.
  2. Live tail users. - Easily solve customer issues.
  3. Viw logs per HTTP request. - See the full story without the noise.
  4. Inspect HTTP request parameters. - Quickly reproduce issues.
  5. Threshold based alerting. - Know when things break.
  6. ...and more! Checkout our the Timber application docs

The Timber Console

Timber Console

Learn more about our app.

Your Moment of Zen

ustomer issues.](https://timber.io/docs/app/console/tail-a-user) 3. [**Viw logs per HTTP request.** - See the full story without the noise.](https://timber.io/docs/app/console/trace-http-requests) 4. [**Inspect HTTP request parameters.** - Quickly reproduce issues.](https://timber.io/docs/app/console/inspect-http-requests) 5. [**Threshold based alerting.** - Know when things break.](https://timber.io/docs/app/alerts) 6. ...and more! Checkout our [the Timber application docs](https://timber.io/docs/app)

The Timber Console

Timber Console

Learn more about our app.

Your Moment of Zen