Simple logger used in 5app microservices

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import 5appLogger from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@5app/logger';



Simple console logger that outputs json in prod and pretty messages on dev


npm install --save @5app/logger
const logger = require('@5app/logger');

logger.info('An email was sent', {
  email: 'customer@5app.com',
  template: 'template1',

logger.error(new Error('Unknown playlist 123'));


The logger can optionally be customised using the following environment variables:

  • LOGS_FORMAT: if set to json, the logger will log messages in json format instead of pretty messages (default behaviour).
  • LOGS_LEVEL: minimum logging level, by default it will be debug. Accepted values are 'debug', 'info', 'warn', and 'error'
  • TAG: release tag (e.g. docker image tag) to be added to the log messages

Logging levels

Logging levels are (from lower to higher priority): 'debug', 'info', 'warn', and 'error'. The logger provides the logging functions with the following signatures: logger.<level>(message, objectOrError)

Here is an example of how the logger can be used:

logger.error('An error happened', new ApiError('The api call failed', 404)); // will log the message, the error message, the stack trace, and the statusCode error property
logger.warn('Be warned', {a: 1, b: Date.now(), c: 'some string'});
logger.info('An event happened', {a: 1, b: Date.now(), c: 'some string'});
logger.debug('A minor operation', {a: 1, b: Date.now(), c: 'some string'});

Fetching context dynamically

In addition to providing a context object, you can also use logger.addContext to provide a function which will be called on every log to get a context object.

This can be helpful if you are using async_hooks or cls-hooked to store request metadata similarly to thread-local storage.

For instance, you can do the following without having to explicitly pass the correlationId to each log:

const asyncLocalStorage = new AsyncLocalStorage();

expressApp.use((req, res, next) {
  const correlationId = req.get('X-Correlation-Id') || uuidV4();
  asyncLocalStorage.run({correlationId}, () => next());

logger.addContext(() => asyncLocalStorage.getStore());
logger.info('User profile updated', {userId: 1234});

And the output will look like: