How to Log Exceptions

Jan Verhaeghe edited this page Apr 5, 2016 · 5 revisions
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Exceptions require special treatment in NLog. You need to call the method on the Logger class which takes an Exception as its first argument. The method name matches the log level. For instance, to log an exception using the Error loglevel, do:

logger.Error(ex, "Oops, an exception occured");

Please note: the methods have been changed in NLog 4.0. Previous versions expected the exception after the message.


You typically log exceptions inside a catch handler. An example of logging an exception with the Error LogLevel is seen in the following:

    // some code which may throw 
catch (MyException ex) 
    logger.Error("Got exception.", ex); //before NLog 4.0
    logger.Error(ex, "Got exception.");  //NLog 4.0


Exception Formatting

To write the details of the exception, use the ${exception} layout renderer in your layout. Depending on the desired output you may want to specify different value for the format argument. The following example displays the result of calling ToString() on the exception object.

    <target name="f" type="File" 
            layout="${longdate} ${message} ${exception:format=tostring}"/> 
    <logger name="*" writeTo="f"/>