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Logging library


Install using package manager, e.g. for npm:

npm i --save @tinkoff/logger

for yarn:

yarn add @tinkoff/logger


Child loggers

You can create child loggers using method .child of the current logger instance. Child logger will inherit parent logger settings and can override these settings.


Logger name always will be in lower case, e.g. myLogger will be converted to mylogger

const log = logger({ name: 'test' });

const childLog = log.child('child'); // as this logger is child logger the result name will be 'test.child'

const childLogWithDefaults = log.child({
name: 'with-defaults',
defaults: {
// defaults might be used to specify properties which will be merged to log objects logged with this logger
child: true,

const childLogWithOverrides = log.child({
name: 'override',
reporters: [], // may override settings of the parent logger
filters: [],
extensions: [],

Display logs

Library allows to specify used logging level, show/hide logs for specific instances of the logger, reset display settings.

By default, error level is used for every logger.

Settings display level higher than error for single logger, e.g. logger.enable('info', 'my-logger'), overrides logging level only for my-logger.

It is impossible to set logging level lower than common level, e.g. when using common logging level equal to error calls to logger.enable('fatal', 'my-logger') changes nothing.

All subsequent setup for log displaying are preserved, e.g. subsequent calls logger.enable('info', 'my-logger') and logger.enable('trace', 'yet-another-logger') will enable logs to both logger according to their settings.

Display logs on server

For control of displaying logs on server environment variables LOG_LEVEL and LOG_ENABLE are used:

  • LOG_LEVEL = trace | debug | info | warn | error | fatal - enables displaying logs for specified level and higher. E.g.:
    • if LOG_LEVEL=info then all logs of levels info, warn, error, fatal will be showed.
  • LOG_ENABLE = ${name} | ${level}:${name} - let to enable displaying logs for a specific name and level. It can accept several entries that are passed as comma-separated. E.g.:
    • if LOG_ENABLE=server then all logs for name server will be displayed
    • if LOG_ENABLE=trace:server* then for logs with name server only trace level will be showed
    • if LOG_ENABLE=info:server,client,trace:shared then displaying logs will be enabled for specified loggers using rules above

Display logs in browser

In browser display settings are stored in localStorage, so it will work even after page reloads. In order to reset settings you may clear localStorage. For convenient usage a special object logger is added to window object in the browser.

logger === window.logger;

logger.setLevel('warn'); // enable displaying log for level `warn` and higher

logger.enable('info', 'test'); // enable displaying logs for logger `test` with level `info` также отображать вывод логгера test уровня info

logger.enable('my-logger'); // show all logs for logger `my-logger`

logger.enable('perf*'); // enable all logs with name starting with `perf`

logger.disable('my-logger'); // disable displaying logs for `my-logger`

logger.clear(); // reset all settings


Local logger configuration

import { logger } from '@tinkoff/logger';

const log = logger({ name: 'my-logger' }); // name is required field in order to identify logs
const log = logger('my-logger'); // same as above

const log = logger({
name: 'remote-logger',
defaults: {
remote: true,


  • name[='log'] - name of the new logger

Extend logger functionality

@tinkoff/logger might be extended using next entities:


Filters can disable logging for specific logs base on inner conditions

import { logger } from '@tinkoff/logger';

interface Filter {
filter(logObj: LogObj): boolean;

logger.addFilter(filter as Filter); // add new filter to list of previously added filters
logger.setFilters([filter1, filter2]); // replace current filters with passed list. that allows to override default settings


Extensions can extend or override log object before making actual logging

import { logger } from '@tinkoff/logger';

interface Extension {
extend(logObj: LogObj): LogObj;

logger.addExtension(extension as Extension); // add new extension to list of previously added extensions
logger.setExtensions([extension1, extension2]); // replace current extensions with passed list. that allows to override default settings


Reporters can change the way logs are showed (json, fancy logs in browser, send logs to remote api).

Be default, enabled only reporters for displaying logs in console based on display logs settings

Reporters are depends of logger level settings as reporters will not be called if level of the current log are lower than display logs setting (except reporters with emitLevels property).

import { logger } from '@tinkoff/logger';

interface Reporter {
log(logObj: LogObj): void;

emitLevels?: {
trace?: boolean;
debug?: boolean;
info?: boolean;
warn?: boolean;
error?: boolean;
fatal?: boolean;

logger.addReporter(reporter as Reporter); // add new reporter to list of previously added reporters
logger.setReporters([reporter1, reporter2]); // replace current reporters with passed list. that allows to override default settings

Reporters with emitLevels property will be called independently of display logs settings.

By default, bundled RemoteReporter use this property for logs filter.

Bundled Reporters


Standard reporter to show logs in browser


Standard reporter to showing logs in the server console with handy formatting

Used by default in dev-mode or if environment variable process.env.DEBUG_PLAIN is specified.


Minimal reporter to showing logs in the server console.


Show logs in json format.


Sends logs on remote api.

import { logger, RemoteReporter } from '@tinkoff/logger';

const remote = new RemoteReporter({
requestCount: 1, // number of parallel request
emitLevels: { error: true, fatal: true }, // log levels which will be send to api
async makeRequest(logObj) {
// function that accepts log object and sends data to api
return await request();


const log = logger({ name: 'test-remote' }); // settings for remote will be inherited from RemoteReporter itself

log.error('error'); // will be sent to api'test'); // will not be sent to api

const remoteLog = logger({ name: 'remote-for-all', defaults: { remote: true } }); // `remote` allows to override settings from RemoteReporter and send logs unconditionally'test'); // will be sent to api
remoteLog.debug('test'); // will be sent to api

const traceLog = logger({ name: 'log-trace', defaults: { remote: { emitLevels: { trace: true } }}}); // override RemoteReporter settings

traceLog.trace('test'); // will be sent to api
traceLog.error('test'); // will not be sent to api

How to

Base usage

import logger from '@tinkoff/logger'; // import logger

const log = logger('my-component'); // create new logger with an id `my-component`. This id will be added for every log at field `name`. Using unique ids will help to find source of the logs

// logs can be created with different levels
log.debug('debug');{ event: 'client-visited', message: 'client visited' });
log.error({ event: 'form-send-error', error: new Error('form') });
log.fatal('fatal error');

More about logging level and what do they mean in the article.

How to log properly

To log properly it is suitable to use next format:

interface Log {
event?: string; // unique id of event which is might be easily found in log management tool
message?: string; // log description
error?: Error; // error if appropriate
[key]: any; // any other data
  • In case of logging simple text just use string template to pass result string to logger. For json format this string will be available in the message props.'hello logger'); // identical to{ message: 'hello logger' });
  • In order to log some object or many arguments, compile they together to single object:
message: 'be warn',
event: 'my-warning',
a: 1,
b: 2,
  • In order to log error object either pass the error with the props error or pass it to logger as only argument
error: new Error('message'),

logger.error(new Error('message'));
logger.error(new Error('typeError'), 'custom error message'); // a special format to redefine error message
  • In case of several arguments were passed to logger then only the first argument will be proceeded with the rules from above while all of the other arguments will be passed as an args props
event: 'watch',
data: 'some data',

These formatting rules are handful to connect logging to external tools like kibana, splunk. So it is desirable to follow these rules, otherwise it may lead to troubles with searching and analyzing your logs.


I use logger in my Nest.js application, and it does not work

Be sure that you set all required environment variable (LOG_LEVEL and LOG_ENABLE) before app initialization. If you set all variable in .env and parse them via Nest.js's ConfigModule, they will not be available in the logger initialization phase. ConfigModule parses .env-file later.

Also, check here that DEBUG_PLAIN or NODE_ENV variables are available.