A Serilog configuration provider that reads from Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration
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A Serilog settings provider that reads from Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration, .NET Core's appsettings.json file.

Configuration is read from the Serilog section.

  "Serilog": {
    "Using":  ["Serilog.Sinks.Console"],
    "MinimumLevel": "Debug",
    "WriteTo": [
      { "Name": "Console" },
      { "Name": "File", "Args": { "path": "%TEMP%\\Logs\\serilog-configuration-sample.txt" } }
    "Enrich": ["FromLogContext", "WithMachineName", "WithThreadId"],
    "Destructure": [
      { "Name": "With", "Args": { "policy": "Sample.CustomPolicy, Sample" } },
      { "Name": "ToMaximumDepth", "Args": { "maximumDestructuringDepth": 4 } },
      { "Name": "ToMaximumStringLength", "Args": { "maximumStringLength": 100 } },
      { "Name": "ToMaximumCollectionCount", "Args": { "maximumCollectionCount": 10 } }
    "Properties": {
		"Application": "Sample"

This example relies on the Serilog.Sinks.Console, Serilog.Sinks.File, Serilog.Enrichers.Environment, Serilog.Settings.Configuration and Serilog.Enrichers.Thread packages also being installed.

After installing this package, use ReadFrom.Configuration() and pass an IConfiguration object.

public class Program
    public static void Main(string[] args)
        var configuration = new ConfigurationBuilder()

        var logger = new LoggerConfiguration()

        logger.Information("Hello, world!");

The WriteTo and Enrich sections support the same syntax, for example the following is valid if no arguments are needed by the sinks:

"WriteTo": ["Console", "DiagnosticTrace"]

Or alternatively, the long-form ("Name": ...) syntax from the first example can be used when arguments need to be supplied.

(This package implements a convention using DependencyContext to find any package with Serilog anywhere in the name and pulls configuration methods from it, so the Using example above is redundant.)

.NET 4.x

To use this package in .NET 4.x applications, add preserveCompilationContext to buildOptions in project.json.

"net4.6": {
   "buildOptions": {
     "preserveCompilationContext": true

Level overrides

The MinimumLevel configuration property can be set to a single value as in the sample above, or, levels can be overridden per logging source.

This is useful in ASP.NET Core applications, which will often specify minimum level as:

    "MinimumLevel": {
        "Default": "Information",
        "Override": {
            "Microsoft": "Warning",
            "System": "Warning"

Environment variables

If your application enables the environment variable configuration source (AddEnvironmentVariables()) you can add or override Serilog configuration through the environment.

For example, to set the minimum log level using the Windows command prompt:

set Serilog:MinimumLevel=Debug
dotnet run

Nested configuration sections

Some Serilog packages require a reference to a logger configuration object. The sample program in this project illustrates this with the following entry configuring the Serilog.Sinks.Async package to wrap the Serilog.Sinks.File package. The configure parameter references the File sink configuration:

"WriteTo:Async": {
  "Name": "Async",
  "Args": {
    "configure": [
        "Name": "File",
        "Args": {
          "path": "%TEMP%\\Logs\\serilog-configuration-sample.txt",
          "outputTemplate": "{Timestamp:o} [{Level:u3}] ({Application}/{MachineName}/{ThreadId}) {Message}{NewLine}{Exception}"

IConfiguration parameter

If a Serilog package requires additional external configuration information (for example, access to a ConnectionStrings section, which would be outside of the Serilog section), the sink should include an IConfiguration parameter in the configuration extension method. This package will automatically populate that parameter. It should not be declared in the argument list in the configuration source.

Complex parameter value binding

When the configuration specifies a discrete value for a parameter (such as a string literal), the package will attempt to convert that value to the target method's declared CLR type of the parameter. Additional explicit handling is provided for parsing strings to Uri and TimeSpan objects and enum elements.

If the parameter value is not a discrete value, the package will use the configuration binding system provided by Microsoft.Extensions.Options.ConfigurationExtensions to attempt to populate the parameter. Almost anything that can be bound by IConfiguration.Get<T> should work with this package. An example of this is the optional List<Column> parameter used to configure the .NET Standard version of the Serilog.Sinks.MSSqlServer package.

IConfigurationSection parameters

Certain Serilog packages may require configuration information that can't be easily represented by discrete values or direct binding-friendly representations. An example might be lists of values to remove from a collection of default values. In this case the method can accept an entire IConfigurationSection as a call parameter and this package will recognize that and populate the parameter. In this way, Serilog packages can support arbitrarily complex configuration scenarios.