Timber.io - Koa logger

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🌲 Timber - Koa logging

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New to Timber? Here's a low-down on logging in Javascript.


This NPM library is for logging Koa HTTP web server requests.

It extends the Timber Node JS library with Koa middleware.


Install the package directly from NPM:

npm i @timberio/koa


In ES6/Typescript, import the Timber class:

import { Timber } from "@timberio/koa";

For CommonJS, require the package:

const { Timber } = require("@timberio/koa");

Creating a client

Simply pass your Timber.io API key as a parameter to a new Timber instance:

const timber = new Timber("timber-organization-key", "timber-source-key");

Timber accepts two optional, additional parameters:

  1. Core logging options, allowing you to tweak the interval logs will be sent to Timber.io, how many concurrent network connections the logger should use, and more. See type ITimberOptions for details.

  2. Koa logging options, specified below.

These can be passed when creating a new Timber instance as follows:

const timberOptions = {
   * For example -- setting the maximum number of sync requests to
   * make concurrently (useful to limit network I/O)
  syncMax: 10

const koaOptions = {
  // Override default Koa context data to include in each log
  contextPaths: ["statusCode", "request.headers", "request.method"]

const timber = new Timber(

Attaching to Koa

To activate the plugin and enable logging, simply attach a Koa instance:

import Koa from "koa";
import { Timber } from "@timberio/koa";

// Create a new Koa instance
const koa = new Koa();

// Create a new Timber client
const timber = new Timber("timber-organization-key", "timber-source-key");

// Attach Koa to enable HTTP request logging

Koa options

Koa options passed to a new Timber are of type IKoaOptions:

interface IKoaOptions {
   * Properties to pluck from the Koa `Context` object
  contextPaths: string[];

Here are the default properties, which can be overridden:


A string[] of paths to pluck from the Koa ctx object, which contains details about the request and response of a given Koa HTTP call.

Nested object properties are separated using a period (.)


How logging works

All HTTP requests handled by Koa will be logged automatically, and synced with the Timber.io service, to the source defined by your Timber API key.

Successful requests

A 'successful' request is one that returns a non-4xx or 5xx status code, and doesn't throw any uncaught errors while handling the requests.

These are logged to Timber using LogLevel.Info with the log message:

Koa HTTP request: ${ctx.status}

4xx status codes

These are not considered errors but warnings, and log with the same message using LogLevel.Warn

A typical example of a 4xx class of response would be 404 Not Found or 401 Unauthorized.

5xx status codes

Responses that contain a 5xx status code are considered errors, and are logged with LogLevel.Error

An example of a 5xx status code is 500 Internal Server Error - typically indicating that something unexpected has happened.

Uncaught errors

If an error is thrown in Koa middleware and remains uncaught, the Timber middleware handling will catch, log it with LogLevel.Error and re-throw, to handle in your own code.

The log message will be:

`Koa HTTP request error: ${(typeof e === "object" && e.message) || e}`

If the error thrown is a regular Node.js error object (i.e. has a .message property), it will be interpolated with the log message.

Otherwise, an attempt will be made to stringify the message.

If your app throws non-errors, it's recommended that you catch the thrown entity in your code and throw a regular Node.js instead, to provide a useful string message to your log.

Additional logging

Since this Koa plugin extends the regular @timberio/node logger, you can use the .log|info|warn|error functions as normal to handle logging anywhere in your app.

See the Timber Node.js logger documentation for details.