A plugin for the Django-Debug-Toolbar to provide statistic logging and a UI for reviewing the logs.
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Django Debug Logging

Django Debug Logging is a "plugin" for the Django Debug Toolbar that allows users to log the debug toolbar statistics to the database during a site crawl. This allows users to create performance testing plans to exercise the site, and then review and aggregate the results afterwards to identify performance problems.

It also provides a basic UI for browsing the details that have been logged to the database and reviewing aggregated information about test runs. The UI borrows a lot from Sentry, which is a fantastic app for logging errors to the database.


The main Debug Logging frontend view:

Debug Logging main view

Aggregated stats:

Debug Logging aggregated stats

The detail view:

Debug Logging detail view


Django Debug Toolbar - This project is designed to work alongside the Django Debug Toolbar and extend its functionality to support logging.

Nexus - This is a pluggable admin app created by the Disqus team. It is used to present the UI for reviewing your debug logs.


Before you begin, make sure Django Debug Toolbar is configured and working properly.

Install the project with pip:

$ pip install django-debug-logging

Next, you'll add debug_logging and nexus to your INSTALLED_APPS:


Now, you'll need to replace the standard DebugToolbarMiddleware with a middleware that extends it to add logging functionality. The toolbar will still function normally when logging is disabled.

From your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES setting, remove:


Replace it with:


Now, you'll need to replace a few of the panels with extended versions that support logging. If you don't want the data from any one of these panels to be logged, you can skip it.

From your DEBUG_TOOLBAR_PANELS setting, remove:


Replace them with:


There are also a couple of panels that are unique to Django Debug Logging that you may find convenient when logging data over time. If you'd like, you can add them to your DEBUG_TOOLBAR_PANELS setting:


Finally, run syncdb to create the models for statistic logging:

$ python manage.py syncdb

South migrations are included in case migrations are needed when upgrading to new versions.

If logging is enabled, any request to your site will result in a new row in the logging table. You probably don't want to enable it during regular day-to-day development.

To enable logging, create a DEBUG_LOGGING_CONFIG setting that looks like this:

    'ENABLED': True,

To prevent any performance impact from the rendering of the Debug Toolbar, it is not shown.


  • ENABLED: If enabled, the debug logger will log the performance details of each request. The debug toolbar interface will not be shown until logging is disabled again.
  • SQL_EXTRA: This setting determines whether the full details of each query are logged, or just the number of queries and the total time. It defaults to False.
  • CACHE_EXTRA: This determines whether the full details of each cache call are logged, or just the summary details. It defaults to `` False``.
  • BLACKLIST: Add a list of url prefixes that you would like to exclude from logging here. The url for the Debug Logging frontend interface is added to this blacklist automatically.

Running a Url Test

A management command is included that uses the test client to hit a list of urls in sequence, allowing them to be logged to the database. To use it, first create a list of urls with a new url on each line. Lines beginning with # are ignored.

Then, enable logging and run the log_urls management command:

$ python manage.py log_urls myapp/my_urls.txt

Unless it is run with a verbosity of 0, the command will output status such as urls that return status codes other than 200, and urls that raise errors.


The frontend interface uses the Nexus project from the Disqus team. Once Nexus is installed, make sure you add nexus/ to your urls:

(r'^nexus/', include(nexus.site.urls)),

Nexus should autodetect debug-logging, and the interface should be available at:


The Debug Logger will ignore requests made to this frontend interface, so your log won't be clogged with information you have no use for.

To Do

  • Add a --repeat option to the log_urls command so that the urls can be run through multiple times.
  • Create a model to group log records into 'runs', capturing start date and end date and aggregated stats. This will make it easier to run your url test repeatedly over time and see the impact of your changes.
  • Take more inspiration from Sentry and group hits on the same urls within the same run together, showing aggregated and individual stats.
  • Graph the aggregated stats of the runs.
  • [Maybe] Create a UI that is more user-friendly and not dependent on Nexus.