A backend for the Elixir Logger that streams logs over HTTP, with per-stream log level and filtering based on metadata
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Backend for the Elixir Logger that streams logs over HTTP.

  • Specify the log level with a level querystring param (and it will change the global log level if necessary to acommodate while the stream is open).
  • Specify a scope to filter the log stream by metadata. E.g. in the below, adding &scope=uuid:someuuid would restrict the logs to only messages with that uuid in their custom metadata.



It's on hex as logger_streaming_backend, so can just add to mix.exs:

defp deps() do
  [{:logger_streaming_backend, "~> 0.1"}]

and run mix deps.get. Then add it as a :logger backend -- for example, in config/config.exs:

config :logger,
  backends: [:console, LoggerStreamingBackend]

You'll also need to add the http stream handler to your preferred webserver. A cowboy handler is provided, for cowboy 1.x. To use, it, add

{"/your/preferred/path", LoggerStreamingBackend.HttpStreamHandler, []}

to your cowboy routes.

Currently only cowboy 1.x is supported, as that's what I use. If you'd like to add a handler for other versions of cowboy / other webservers / Plug middleware etc., please feel free to submit a pull request.


LoggerStreamingBackend supports the following configuration options:

  • :metadata - (list of atoms) list of metadata to be attached to the reported message. Defaults to []. See the Logger docs for list of builtins and details of how to use custom metadata.
  • :separator - (String) separates the key from value in the scope querystring param, e.g. in "file:foobar.ex". Defaults to ":", (since equals is already part of the querystring syntax).
  • :default_level - (atom) The log level to use if none is specified in the querystring params. Defalts to :debug.
  • :formatter - (atom) Defaults to LoggerStreamingBackend.Html. With HTML output, custom formats can be a lot more flexible than with plain text. To customise it, you can supply your own HTML formatter backend, that implements the same format() function.

To configure these (similarly in e.g. config/config.exs):

config :logger, LoggerStreamingBackend,
  metadata: [:module, :line, :some_custom_key]

The HttpStreamHandler supports the following options:

  • :additional_headers (list of 2-tuples), if you'd like to add your own headers to the defaults

  • :headers (list of 2-tuples), to completely replace the defaults

  • :basic (tuple of username and password) to use basic auth on the log endpoint

  • :req_filter (tuple of fn : req -> bool, and msg to return on failure), for customisable auth


{"/path", LoggerStreamingBackend.HttpStreamHandler, [
  additional_headers: [{"X-Custom-Header", "foo"}],
  basic: {"username", "password"}

Note that log level (and the metadata filter feature) are not part of the configuration. This is because they're passed as querystring params, so they can be different for each stream.


Visit the path you configured, with some querystring parameters: level, and scope. The level is a log level, the scope is for setting a metadata filter, of the form key:value. For example, if you have some custom metadata called "appid", to only show logs for which that metadata has been set and equals "foo", you can do:


Metadata values are matched as strings. Note that that means that if you want all log lines from a specific mdoule, you need to specify the 'expanded' version of the module name atom. For example, MyApp.Foo is really :"Elixir.MyApp.Foo", so you should do:


(Don't forget, any metadata you want to filter on needs to have been configured for the backend using config :logger, LoggerStreamingBackend, metadata: [...].)

If the :logger log level is higher than the level you request, it will temporarily lower it, then raise it again when you close the stream. This should all just work with multiple streams, with the level being set to the lowest of any of the streams currently open.

Make sure you don't have a compile_time_purge_level set, or this won't work below that level, as all the logger calls below that level will have been removed at compile time. If you have expensive debug-level logging, you may wish to consider wrapping them in zero-arity fns -- see the Logger docs for more information.


This software is licensed under the GNU LGPL, version 3 or any later version. This just ensures that if you improve it, you have to make your improvements available to everyone -- Hopefully, you were going to anyway :). See the LICENSE.md file for details.