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WARNING: This repository is no longer maintained. SerilogJS has been renamed to structured-log and been moved to the structured-log organisation.

A sketch pad for exploring what a JavaScript implementation of Serilog might look like.


First and foremost, it's an interesting project. There doesn't seem to be an analogue of Serilog available for JavaScript, yet the overall platform (ubiquitous serializable data) makes it really natural to approach things the Serilog way.

It's also nice as a user of both .NET and the JavaScript platforms (node and the browser) to get one coherent logging experience across them all.

Update: since jumping into this I've discovered node-bunyan, which appears to supply a nice pipeline and very powerful back-end for structured logging on Node. The template-driven message formatting central to Serilog's API is missing there, but the project's highly worth checking out if you're looking for production-ready facilities today.


Loosely, this is what we're heading towards. First, a pipelined configuration syntax that feels 'like Serilog' but fits naturally into JavaScript.

var log = serilog.configuration()
  .filter(function(evt) { return !evt.properties.isNoisy; })
  .enrich({username: identity.username})
  .writeTo(http({url: 'http://my-app/logs'}))

Unlike the .NET Serilog, the pipeline is executed strictly top-to-bottom, so filtering and enrichment can be applied selectively between sinks, and so-on.

Out of the box there will be some basic sinks: console, process.stdout/stderr, file and http. Additionally, a 'skeleton' for periodic/batching sinks will be important, and the HTTP sink will be based on it.

The logger itself will support the standard Serilog message templates including property names and destructuring hints:

log('Starting up on {machine}...', hostname);

(This will write an event with a { machine: hostname } property attached.)

Calling the logger as a function will log an INFORMATION event. A simple set of levels will be supported:

log.trace('This is a verbose message');
log.warning('Look out, trouble is brewing!');

We'll create packages for NPM and Bower to make it easy to get started.


The pipelined implementation of serilog.js borrows from streams as surfaced in gulp.js, and reactive event processing. Each method on the configuration object (e.g. minimumLevel(), enrich(), filter() and writeTo()) is implemented using the pipe() primitive.

At the moment the implementation doesn't use Node streams, but echos the API. It remains to be seen if the eerie similarity will be a benefit or drawback.

pipe() can make arbitrary transformations on the event stream - simple ones like those above, replacement of events, and more complex many-to-one and one-to-many tranforms.

For example, one to many:

var warningsToday = 0;
var log = serilog.configuration()
  .pipe(function(evt, next){
    if (evt.level === 'WARNING') {
      var agg = serilog.event('INFORMATION', 'Today: {warnings}', warningsToday);


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