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logzero: Python logging made easy

Robust and effective logging for Python 2 and 3.



  • Easy logging to console and/or (rotating) file.
  • Provides a fully configured standard Python logger object.
  • Pretty formatting, including level-specific colors in the console.
  • Windows color output supported by colorama
  • Robust against str/bytes encoding problems, works with all kinds of character encodings and special characters.
  • Multiple loggers can write to the same logfile (also works across multiple Python files).
  • Global default logger with logzero.logger and custom loggers with logzero.setup_logger(..).
  • Compatible with Python 2 and 3.
  • All contained in a single file.
  • Licensed under the MIT license.
  • Heavily inspired by the Tornado web framework.
  • Hosted on GitHub:

Demo output in color


Install logzero with pip:

$ pip install -U logzero

If you don't have pip installed, this Python installation guide can guide you through the process.

You can also install logzero from the public Github repo:

$ git clone
$ cd logzero
$ python install

On openSUSE you can install the current version from repos: python2-logzero, python3-logzero. In the newest openSUSE release you can install it with zypper: sudo zypper in python2-logzero.

Example Usage

You can use logzero like this (logs only to the console by default):

from logzero import logger

# These log messages are sent to the console

# This is how you'd log an exception
    raise Exception("this is a demo exception")
except Exception as e:

If this was a file called, the output will look like this:

Demo output in color

[D 170705 14:59:47 demo:3] hello
[I 170705 14:59:47 demo:4] info
[W 170705 14:59:47 demo:5] warn
[E 170705 14:59:47 demo:6] error
[E 170705 14:59:47 demo:12] this is a demo exception
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "", line 10, in <module>
        raise Exception("this is a demo exception")
    Exception: this is a demo exception

Rotating Logfile

Adding a rotating logfile is that easy:

import logzero
from logzero import logger

# Setup rotating logfile with 3 rotations, each with a maximum filesize of 1MB:
logzero.logfile("/tmp/rotating-logfile.log", maxBytes=1e6, backupCount=3)

# Log messages"This log message goes to the console and the logfile")

Advanced Usage Examples

Here are more examples which show how to use logfiles, custom formatters and setting a minimum loglevel.

Outcome Method
Set a minimum log level logzero.loglevel(..)
Add logging to a logfile logzero.logfile(..)
Setup a rotating logfile logzero.logfile(..)
Disable logging to a logfile logzero.logfile(None)
Log to syslog logzero.syslog(...)
Use a custom formatter logzero.formatter(..)
import logging
import logzero
from logzero import logger

# This log message goes to the console

# Set a minimum log level

# Set a logfile (all future log messages are also saved there)

# Set a logfile (all future log messages are also saved there), but disable the default stderr logging
logzero.logfile("/tmp/logfile.log", disableStderrLogger=True)

# You can also set a different loglevel for the file handler
logzero.logfile("/tmp/logfile.log", loglevel=logging.ERROR)

# Set a rotating logfile (replaces the previous logfile handler)
logzero.logfile("/tmp/rotating-logfile.log", maxBytes=1000000, backupCount=3)

# Disable logging to a file

# Log to syslog, using default logzero logger and 'user' syslog facility

# Log to syslog, using default logzero logger and 'local0' syslog facility

# Set a custom formatter
formatter = logging.Formatter('%(name)s - %(asctime)-15s - %(levelname)s: %(message)s');

# Log some variables"var1: %s, var2: %s", var1, var2)

Custom Logger Instances

Instead of using the default logger you can also setup specific logger instances with logzero.setup_logger(..):

from logzero import setup_logger
logger1 = setup_logger(name="mylogger1", logfile="/tmp/test-logger1.log", level=logging.INFO)
logger2 = setup_logger(name="mylogger2", logfile="/tmp/test-logger2.log", level=logging.INFO)
logger3 = setup_logger(name="mylogger3", logfile="/tmp/test-logger3.log", level=logging.INFO, disableStderrLogger=True)

# By default, logging"info for logger 1")"info for logger 2")

# log to a file only, excluding the default stderr logger"info for logger 3")

Adding custom handlers (eg. SocketHandler)

Since logzero uses the standard Python logger object, you can attach any Python logging handlers you can imagine!

This is how you add a SocketHandler:

import logzero
import logging
from logging.handlers import SocketHandler

# Setup the SocketHandler
socket_handler = SocketHandler(address=('localhost', logging.DEFAULT_TCP_LOGGING_PORT))

# Attach it to the logzero default logger

# Log messages"this is a test")



logzero.logger is an already set up standard Python logger instance for your convenience. You can use it from all your files and modules directly like this:

from logzero import logger


You can reconfigure the default logger globally with logzero.setup_default_logger(..).

See the documentation for the Python logger instance for more information about how you can use it.


.. autofunction:: logzero.loglevel


.. autofunction:: logzero.logfile


.. autofunction:: logzero.formatter


.. autofunction:: logzero.setup_logger

Default Log Format

This is the default log format string:

DEFAULT_FORMAT = '%(color)s[%(levelname)1.1s %(asctime)s %(module)s:%(lineno)d]%(end_color)s %(message)s'

See also the Python LogRecord attributes you can use.

Custom Formatting

It is easy to use a custom formatter / a custom log format string:

  • Define your log format string (you can use any of the LogRecord attributes).
  • Create a Formatter object (based on logzero.LogFormatter to get all the encoding helpers).
  • Supply the formatter object to the formatter argument in the setup_logger(..) method.

This is a working example on how to setup logging with a custom format:

import logzero

log_format = '%(color)s[%(levelname)1.1s %(asctime)s %(module)s:%(lineno)d]%(end_color)s %(message)s'
formatter = logzero.LogFormatter(fmt=log_format)

Issues, Feedback & Contributions

All kinds of feedback and contributions are welcome.