Merge pull request #19 from meatballhat/l2met-compat

Switching non-TTY text formatter to use %q instead of '%v'
tree: a0bad4b4ff5835acc032a4ef489d7cbb817e0974
  1. .travis.yml
  4. entry.go
  5. examples/
  6. formatter.go
  7. hooks.go
  8. json_formatter.go
  9. logger.go
  10. logrus.go
  11. logrus_test.go
  12. text_formatter.go

Logrus  Build Status

Logrus is a structured logger for Go (golang), completely API compatible with the standard library logger. Godoc.

Nicely color-coded in development (when a TTY is attached, otherwise just plain text):


With log.Formatter = new(logrus.JSONFormatter), for easy parsing by logstash or Splunk:

{"animal":"walrus","level":"info","msg":"A group of walrus emerges from the
ocean","size":10,"time":"2014-03-10 19:57:38.562264131 -0400 EDT"}

{"level":"warning","msg":"The group's number increased tremendously!",
"number":122,"omg":true,"time":"2014-03-10 19:57:38.562471297 -0400 EDT"}

{"animal":"walrus","level":"info","msg":"A giant walrus appears!",
"size":10,"time":"2014-03-10 19:57:38.562500591 -0400 EDT"}

{"animal":"walrus","level":"info","msg":"Tremendously sized cow enters the ocean.",
"size":9,"time":"2014-03-10 19:57:38.562527896 -0400 EDT"}

{"level":"fatal","msg":"The ice breaks!","number":100,"omg":true,
"time":"2014-03-10 19:57:38.562543128 -0400 EDT"}

With the default log.Formatter = new(logrus.TextFormatter) when a TTY is not attached, the output is compatible with the l2met format:

time="2014-04-20 15:36:23.830442383 -0400 EDT" level="info" msg="A group of walrus emerges from the ocean" animal="walrus" size=10
time="2014-04-20 15:36:23.830584199 -0400 EDT" level="warning" msg="The group's number increased tremendously!" omg=true number=122
time="2014-04-20 15:36:23.830596521 -0400 EDT" level="info" msg="A giant walrus appears!" animal="walrus" size=10
time="2014-04-20 15:36:23.830611837 -0400 EDT" level="info" msg="Tremendously sized cow enters the ocean." animal="walrus" size=9
time="2014-04-20 15:36:23.830626464 -0400 EDT" level="fatal" msg="The ice breaks!" omg=true number=100


Note again that Logrus is API compatible with the standardlib logger, so if you remove the log import and create a global log variable as below it will just work.

package main

import (

var log = logrus.New()

func init() {
  log.Formatter = new(logrus.JSONFormatter)
  log.Formatter = new(logrus.TextFormatter) // default

func main() {
    "animal": "walrus",
    "size":   10,
  }).Info("A group of walrus emerges from the ocean")

    "omg":    true,
    "number": 122,
  }).Warn("The group's number increased tremendously!")

    "omg":    true,
    "number": 100,
  }).Fatal("The ice breaks!")


Logrus encourages careful, structured logging. It encourages the use of logging fields instead of long, unparseable error messages. For example, instead of: log.Fatalf("Failed to send event %s to topic %s with key %d"), you should log the much more discoverable:

log = logrus.New()

  "event": event,
  "topic": topic,
  "key": key
}).Fatal("Failed to send event")

We‘ve found this API forces you to think about logging in a way that produces much more useful logging messages. We’ve been in countless situations where just a single added field to a log statement that was already there would've saved us hours. The WithFields call is optional.

In general, with Logrus using any of the printf-family functions should be seen as a hint you want to add a field, however, you can still use the printf-family functions with Logrus.


You can add hooks for logging levels. For example to send errors to an exception tracking service on Error, Fatal and Panic or info to StatsD.

log = logrus.New()

type AirbrakeHook struct{}

// `Fire()` takes the entry that the hook is fired for. `entry.Data[]` contains
// the fields for the entry. See the Fields section of the README.
func (hook *AirbrakeHook) Fire(entry *logrus.Entry) error {
  err := airbrake.Notify(entry.Data["error"].(error))
  if err != nil {
      "source":   "airbrake",
      "endpoint": airbrake.Endpoint,
    }).Info("Failed to send error to Airbrake")

  return nil

// `Levels()` returns a slice of `Levels` the hook is fired for.
func (hook *AirbrakeHook) Levels() []logrus.Level {
  return []logrus.Level{

Level logging

Logrus has six logging levels: Debug, Info, Warning, Error, Fatal and Panic.

log.Debug("Useful debugging information.")
log.Info("Something noteworthy happened!")
log.Warn("You should probably take a look at this.")
log.Error("Something failed but I'm not quitting.")
// Calls os.Exit(1) after logging
// Calls panic() after logging
log.Panic("I'm bailing.")

You can set the logging level on a Logger, then it will only log entries with that severity or anything above it:

// Will log anything that is info or above (warn, error, fatal, panic). Default.
log.Level = logrus.Info

It may be useful to set log.Level = logrus.Debug in a debug or verbose environment if your application has that.


Besides the fields added with WithField or WithFields some fields are automatically added to all logging events:

  1. time. The timestamp when the entry was created.
  2. msg. The logging message passed to {Info,Warn,Error,Fatal,Panic} after the AddFields call. E.g. Failed to send event.
  3. level. The logging level. E.g. info.


Logrus has no notion of environment.

If you wish for hooks and formatters to only be used in specific environments, you should handle that yourself. For example, if your application has a global variable Environment, which is a string representation of the environment you could do:

init() {
  // do something here to set environment depending on an environment variable
  // or command-line flag
  log := logrus.New()

  if Environment == "production" {
    log.Formatter = new(logrus.JSONFormatter)
  } else {
    // The TextFormatter is default, you don't actually have to do this.
    log.Formatter = new(logrus.TextFormatter)

This configuration is how logrus was intended to be used, but JSON in production is mostly only useful if you do log aggregation with tools like Splunk or Logstash.


The built-in logging formatters are:

  • logrus.TextFormatter. Logs the event in colors if stdout is a tty, otherwise without colors.
    • Note: to force colored output when there is no TTY, set the ForceColors field to true.
  • logrus.JSONFormatter. Logs fields as JSON.

Third party logging formatters:

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You can define your formatter by implementing the Formatter interface, requiring a Format method. Format takes an *Entry. entry.Data is a Fields type (map[string]interface{}) with all your fields as well as the default ones (see Entries section above):

type MyJSONFormatter struct {

log.Formatter = new(MyJSONFormatter)

func (f *JSONFormatter) Format(entry *Entry) ([]byte, error) {
  serialized, err := json.Marshal(entry.Data)
    if err != nil {
      return nil, fmt.Errorf("Failed to marshal fields to JSON, %v", err)
  return append(serialized, '\n'), nil


  • Performance
  • Default fields for an instance and inheritance
  • Default available hooks (airbrake, statsd, dump cores)