Sensible winston setup

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import easylog from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/easylog';



A wrapper around winston to simplify configuration and log beautifully.

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Winston is an excellent logging library that consists of easy to understand and easy to hack components. Getting started is relatively painless and there's a plethora of transports for various endpoints like files, console, databases, cloud services...

What winston lacks is the possiblity to configure the components without a lot of code. I found myself copy and pasting a wrapper class that sets up nice console formatting, sane log file locations, timer/profiling etc. I wanted a library that would make these customizations easy and whose behavior could be driven by one or more configuration files rather than code. easylog is that library.


npm install --save easylog


The module generates a default logging container and exports a constructor for child loggers.

The best way to use it is to pass it the current module. This way the logger will know for which file it logs events:

/* myFile.js */
var log = require('easylog')(module)

log.info("Life, Universe &c?", {'answer', 42});


easylog can be configured by a JSON object that conforms to a JSON schema file. By default, the configuration will be searched, in order of preference:

  • A file easylog-development.json or easylog-production.json, depending on your $NODE_ENV
  • A file easylog.json
  • An easylog entry in the package.json

The full schema is comprehensive but you can specify only fragments of the configuraiton in the mentioned locations, the default config will be computed on the fly, see ./doc/default-config.json for a static copy of the default configuration file.

Log Patterns

easylog expects the log messages described as log-pattern macros. Please refer to the documentation of pre-defined macros there.

The default pattern for the log entry is:

'[%levelColor(%pad{-5}(%LEVEL))] ' +
'%levelColor(%date)' +
' |%label| ' +
'%message' +

The default pattern for the label is:

%pkg{name}' +
'%@{sep}(:)' +
'%@{name}(%path{%name})' +
'%?(%config{child})(' +
  '%@{sep}(#)' +
  '%@{child}(%config{child})' +

Log the Logging

It can be tedious to debug why logging isn't working the way it's supposed to. You'd find yourself falling back to console.log et al to log the problems that prevent logging. To prevent you from this particular type of yak-shaving, easylog by default logs its own startup and every reload of configuration with level DEBUG.



The environemnt, i.e. development or production. This overrides the NODE_ENV environment variable and defaults to development.


The log level of easylog itself. For debugging purposes, this is set to debug by defualt. See Log the Logging.





The label of the root logger, by default ROOT.


If set, easylog will override the logger singleton that is returned when you require('winston'). This has the advantage that it will also enable your logging configuration for other logger that use winston. If set to true (the default) then winston.log will be overridden with easylog's root logger's log method.