Anko Commons – Logging

Paweł Hofman edited this page Aug 31, 2018 · 5 revisions


Using AnkoLogger in your project

AnkoLogger is inside the anko-commons artifact. Add it as a dependency to your build.gradle:

dependencies {
    compile "org.jetbrains.anko:anko-commons:$anko_version"

Trait-like style

Android SDK provides android.util.Log class with some logging methods. Usage is pretty straightforward though the methods require you to pass a tag argument. You can eliminate this with using AnkoLogger trait-like interface:

class SomeActivity : Activity(), AnkoLogger {
    private fun someMethod() {
        info("London is the capital of Great Britain")
        debug(5) // .toString() method will be executed
        warn(null) // "null" will be printed
android.util.Log AnkoLogger
v() verbose()
d() debug()
i() info()
w() warn()
e() error()
wtf() wtf()

The default tag name is a class name (SomeActivity in this case) but you can easily change it by overriding the loggerTag property.

Each method has two versions: plain and lazy (inlined):

info("String " + "concatenation")
info { "String " + "concatenation" }

Lambda result will be calculated only if Log.isLoggable(tag, Log.INFO) is true.

Logger object style

You can also use AnkoLogger as a plain object.

class SomeActivity : Activity() {
    private val log = AnkoLogger(this.javaClass)
    private val logWithASpecificTag = AnkoLogger("my_tag")

    private fun someMethod() {
        log.warning("Big brother is watching you!")
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