Structured logging helps you understand your application

Encore offers built-in support for Structured Logging, which combines a free-form log message with structured and type-safe key-value pairs. This enables straightforward analysis of what your application is doing, in a way that is easy for a computer to parse, analyze, and index. This makes it simple to quickly filter and search through logs.

Encore’s logging is integrated with the built-in Distributed Tracing functionality, and all logs are automatically included in the active trace. This dramatically simplifies debugging of your application.


First, add import log from "encore.dev/log"; to your module. Then call one of the logging functions error, warn, info, debug, or trace to emit a log message. For example:

log.info("log message", {is_subscriber: true}) log.error(err, "something went terribly wrong!")

The first parameter is the log message (or optionally an error for the error function) . After that follows a single object with key-value pairs for structured logging.

If you’re logging many log messages with the same key-value pairs each time it can be a bit cumbersome. To help with that, use log.with() to group them into a Logger object, which then copies the key-value pairs into each log event:

const logger = log.with({is_subscriber: true}) logger.info("user logged in", {login_method: "oauth"}) // includes is_subscriber=true

Live-streaming logs

Encore also makes it simple to live-stream logs directly to your terminal, from any environment, by running:

$ encore logs --env=prod