Just a very simple logging module for your Electron application
Latest commit 160be00 Jan 7, 2017 @megahertz committed on GitHub Close #19 Add log level list to README.md



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Just a very simple logging module for your Electron or NW.js application. No dependencies. No complicated configuration. Just require and use. Also it can be used without Electron.

By default it writes logs to the following locations:

  • on Linux: ~/.config/<app name>/log.log
  • on OS X: ~/Library/Logs/<app name>/log.log
  • on Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\<app name>\log.log


Install with npm:

npm install electron-log


var log = require('electron-log');

log.info('Hello, log');

Log levels

electron-log supports the following log levels:

error, warn, info, verbose, debug, silly


Transport is a simple function which requires an object which describes a message. By default, two transports are active: console and file. The file path is dependent on current platform.

Disable default transport:

log.transports.file = false;
log.transports.console = false;

Override transport:

log.transports.console = function(msg) {
  console.log(`[${msg.date.toLocaleTimeString()} ${msg.level}] ${msg.text}`);

Please be aware that if you override a transport function the default transport options (like level or format) will be undefined.

Console Transport

// Log level
log.transports.console.level = 'warn';

 * Set output format template. Available variables:
 * Main: {level}, {text}
 * Date: {y},{m},{d},{h},{i},{s},{ms}
log.transports.console.format = '{h}:{i}:{s}:{ms} {text}';

// Set a function which formats output
log.transports.console.format = (msg) => msg.text;

File transport

// Same as for console transport
log.transports.file.level = 'warn';
log.transports.file.format = '{h}:{i}:{s}:{ms} {text}';

// Set maximum log size in bytes. When it exceeds, old log will be saved
// as log.old.log file
log.transports.file.maxSize = 5 * 1024 * 1024;

// Write to this file, must be set before first logging
log.transports.file.file = __dirname + '/log.txt';

// fs.createWriteStream options, must be set before first logging
log.transports.file.streamConfig = { flags: 'w' };

// set existed file stream
log.transports.file.stream = fs.createWriteStream('log.txt');

By default, file transport reads a productName or name property from package.json to determine a log path like ~/.config/<app name>/log.log. If you have no package.json or you want to specify another , just set the appName property:

log.appName = 'test';

Change Log


  • #18 Rename 'warning' log level to 'warn'


  • #14 Use native console levels instead of console.log


  • Prefer to use package.json:productName instead of package.json:name to determine a log path.


Licensed under MIT.