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    Buffer calls to console.log, console.warn, etc. for deferred logging in NodeJS and web browsers.


    Calls to console methods are synchronous, and as such, will block the event loop while the data is being written to a file, terminal, socket, pipe, etc.

    This module provides a seamless, drop-in buffer for all calls to the following console functions, and automatically flushes the buffer when it exceeds a certain size (8k by default). In NodeJS, the buffer also flushes when the process exits.

    • console.log
    • console.warn
    • console.error
    • console.table

    Building for Browsers

    Bundle index.js with Browserify in standalone mode, which should include a copy of the NodeJS util module to be used inside this module. The main bundle (console-buffer.js) and an UglifyJS2 minified version (console-buffer.min.js) will be saved to the dist directory.

    You can just run the included NPM script which does this:

    npm run bundle


    In NodeJS

    console.log('Hello'); // Buffered
    console.log('world'); // Buffered
    // Flushed at exit or 8k of data

    In Browsers

    console.log('Hello'); // Buffered
    console.log('world'); // Buffered
    // Flushed manually or at 8k of data (no automatic flush on exit)
    logbuffer.flush(); // Flushed

    console._LOG_BUFFER is also defined when this module is included for the first time, and is set to the module.

    console.log('Hello'); // Buffered
    console.log('world'); // Buffered
    console._LOG_BUFFER.flush() // Flushed


    If using the module in web browsers, you can replace any of the following require(...)(...) with consoleBuffer(...).

    Buffer Size Limit

    You can specify an alternative buffer size to use for automatic flushing like this:

    require('console-buffer')(4096); // Buffer will flush at 4k

    Prefixing Logs

    You can specify a string or callback function which returns a string which will prefix all logs.

    Specify a string. Here, all log statements will be prepended MyLog: when flushed:

    require('console-buffer')(4096, 'MyLog: ');

    Specify a callback function which returns a string. Here, all log statements will be prepended by 2013-04-27T04:37:24.703Z: as an example:

    require('console-buffer')(4096, function() {
        return new Date().toISOString() + '';

    Manually Flushing the Buffer

    This module also exposes the flush function used to flush all buffers, so you can manually invoke a flush:

    const logbuffer = require('console-buffer');
    console.log('hello'); // Buffered
    console.log('world'); // Buffered
    logbuffer.flush(); // Flushed

    Also, you can specify an interval to automatically flush all buffers so logs don't get held in memory indefinitely.

    const logbuffer = require('console-buffer');
    setInterval(function() {
    }, 5000); // Flush every 5 seconds

    This will flush automatically at 8k of data as well as every 5 seconds.

    Flushing the Buffer Without Logging

    logBuffer.clear() will empty the contents of the buffer without logging them to the console.


    npm i console-buffer

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