How to write a custom target

Julian Verdurmen edited this page Dec 4, 2016 · 4 revisions
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It’s really easy. Create a class that inherits from NLog.Targets.TargetWithLayout and override the Write() method. In the body of the method invoke this.Layout.Render() to get the message text, then send the text to the destination media.

Don't forget to register your custom target!


This is a skeleton target that writes messages to the specified host. Compile using:

csc.exe /t:library /out:MyAssembly.dll /r:NLog.dll MyFirstTarget.cs

using NLog;
using NLog.Config;
using NLog.Targets;

namespace MyNamespace 
    public sealed class MyFirstTarget: TargetWithLayout 
        public MyFirstTarget()
            this.Host = "localhost";

        public string Host { get; set; }

        protected override void Write(LogEventInfo logEvent) 
            string logMessage = this.Layout.Render(logEvent); 

            SendTheMessageToRemoteHost(this.Host, logMessage); 

        private void SendTheMessageToRemoteHost(string host, string message) 
            // TODO - write me 

How to pass configuration options to the target?

Consider the above example. There’s a property called “Host” that does just that. Having a public property that sets the required configuration parameters is enough for NLog to use it. Each attribute that you put in the <target /> definition gets passed to the appropriate public property. NLog takes care of the appropriate conversions necessary so that you can use integer, string, datetime, boolean parameters. Check also Properties-constraints-for-custom-extensions