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Logging

Aurelia provides a powerful logging API that allows you to display debug and error messages in your applications in a controlled manner.

Getting started

Aurelia comes with a flexible and powerful logging system that allows you to display debug and error messages in your applications in a slightly better way than using native console.log statements.
Reasons to use logging inside of your apps and plugins include helpful debug messages for other developers (living comments) or displaying helpful information to the end-user in the console when something goes wrong.
The logger is injected using dependency injection into your components:
import { ILogger } from 'aurelia';
export class MyComponent {
public constructor(@ILogger private readonly logger: ILogger) {
this.logger = logger.scopeTo('MyComponent');
}
}
In this example, we scope our logger to our component. But scoping is optional, and the logger can be used without using scopeTohowever, we highly recommend using the scoping feature to group your messages in the console.

Logging methods

Just like console.log the Aurelia logger supports the following methods:
  • debug
  • info
  • warn
  • trace
These methods are called on the logger instance you injected into your component.
import { ILogger } from 'aurelia';
export class MyComponent {
public constructor(@ILogger private readonly logger: ILogger) {
this.logger = logger.scopeTo('MyComponent');
}
public add() {
this.logger.debug(`Adding something`);
}
}
Just like console.log you can also pass in values such as strings, booleans, arrays and objects.
import { ILogger } from 'aurelia';
export class MyComponent {
public constructor(@ILogger private readonly logger: ILogger) {
this.logger = logger.scopeTo('MyComponent');
}
public add() {
this.logger.debug(`Adding something`, [
{ prop: 'value', something: 'else' }
]);
}
}

Creating a logger

To create a custom logger for your applications and plugins, you can create a more reusable wrapper around the logging APIs to use in your applications.
import { DI, ILogger, ConsoleSink, IPlatform, LogLevel, LoggerConfiguration, Registration } from '@aurelia/kernel';
import { BrowserPlatform } from '@aurelia/platform-browser';
const PLATFORM = BrowserPlatform.getOrCreate(globalThis);
const staticContainer = DI.createContainer();
staticContainer.register(Registration.instance(IPlatform, Registration));
staticContainer.register(LoggerConfiguration.create({ sinks: [ConsoleSink], level: LogLevel.fatal }));
export const log = staticContainer.get(ILogger).scopeTo('My App');
It might look like a lot of code, but this logger implementation will create a scoped logger wrapper you can import into your applications and use in the following way:
log.debug(`Debug message`);
log.warn(`This is a warning`);