Log JavaScript client side events in your server side logs

This JavaScript logging package logs JavaScript errors, AJAX timeouts and other client side events in your server side log. Supports Elmah, Log4Net, NLog, Serilog, Common.Logging.

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Key concepts

  • Insert loggers in your client side JavaScript, using jsnlog.js (2kb min+gz).
  • Those loggers send your log messages to the JSNLog server side component.
  • This logs the messages in your server side log, using your server side logging package. Supports Log4Net, NLog, Elmah, Common.Logging.

6 minute introduction

Log important JavaScript events

Insert loggers in your JavaScript

JL("jsLogger").info("log message");

Log JavaScript exceptions, with their stack traces

try {
        ...
    } catch(e) {
        JL().fatalException("Exception info", e);
    }

Configure loggers in your web.config

<logger name="jslogger" level="FATAL" />

Or configure them in your JavaScript code

JL("jsLogger").setOptions({ "level": 4000 });

Log objects as well as strings

var obj = {"f1": "v1", "f2": "v2"};
    JL().log(2500, obj);

Pass in function that returns log info

JL().log(2500, function() {
        // Only executed when log info
        // will actually be logged.
        var loginfo = expensiveOperation();
        return loginfo;
    });

See which messages belong to the same request

Request IDMessage
CB0734CE....A debug message
D623A22B....An error message
CB0734CE....Some other message
D623A22B....Yet another message
D623A22B....A fatal message
...

Filter out what you don't need

Suppress messages that match a regular expression

<logger disallow="suppress me" />

Only log for certain user agents or IP addresses

<logger userAgentRegex="MSIE 7|MSIE 8" />

Limit total messages sent to server

<jsnlog maxMessages="3">

Reduce AJAX requests by batching log messages

<ajaxAppender name="appender1" batchSize="3"/>

Suppress duplicate messages

LoggerMessage
jsLoggerx too high (x = 5)
jsLoggerx too high (x = 6)
jsLoggerx too high (x = 7)
jsLoggerx too high (x = 8)
jsLoggerx too high (x = 9)

Get the info you need, but only when you need it

  • To solve JavaScript exceptions, you often need to know what happened before they happened.
  • But you don't want to send trace messages with that context unless there actually is an exception.
  • Solution: JSNLog lets you buffer log messages on the client, and only send them when there is a fatal message.

Show log data in the console

Switch console logging on or off in your web.config.

screenshot of browser console with log generated by JSNLog