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Turns out that console is good enough for logging and you probably don't need a logging library:

  • You can log with different levels: debug, verbose, info, warn, errors
  • Handy logging features like count, time, trace, and table
  • 3rd party libraries you may use in your code are also using console logging
  • QueueRun will add colors when running in the terminal
  • You can intercept logs and send them to 3rd party logging service

There are five logging levels. You can console.log everything, but using different levels helps filter and make sense of the logs.

The standard console.log has the level "verbose". All other convenience methods (count, time, table, etc) use that logging level as well.

In development, console.warn and console.error go to stderr. Warnings will show in yellow, and errors will show in red.

In development, you will see console.debug messages unless you set the environment variable DEBUG=false. In production, you will not see console.debug messages unless you set the environment variable DEBUG=true.


After changing an environment variable, you need to re-deploy your project for the change to take effect.

Logging Variables

To log a variable, wrap it as an object. If you use console.log(variable) and the variable is null, undefined, or an empty string, you won't see anything in the log.


let value;

console.log({ value });
=> { value: undefined }

Logging Middleware​

Since logging is such a common use case, QueueRun includes default logging middleware. It will log:

  • HTTP responses
  • WebSocket responses and messages sent
  • Queued job started and finished
  • Scheduled job started and finished
  • Errors when handling HTTP/WebSocket request, or queued/scheduled job

You can add your own logging, by listening to the following events:

  • logger.on('error') β€”Β Called specifically for errors
  • logger.on('messageReceived', wsRequest) - Called for every WebSocket message received
  • logger.on('messageSent', message) - Called for every WebSocket message sent
  • logger.on('queueFinished', metadata) - Called for every queued job when finished successfully
  • logger.on('queueStarted', metadata) - Called for every queued job on start
  • logger.on('request', request) - Called for every HTTP request
  • logger.on('response', request, response) - Called for every HTTP response
  • logger.on('scheduleFinished', metadata) - Called for every scheduled job when finished successfully
  • logger.on('scheduleStarted', metadata) - Called for every scheduled job on start

For example, if you wanted to count HTTP requests/responses:

import { logger } from "queue-run";

logger.on("request", (request) => {
await metrics.increment(`request.${request.method}`);

logger.on("response", (request, response) => {
if (response.statusCode >== 500)
await metrics.increment(`response.5xx`);
else if (response.statusCode >== 400)
await metrics.increment(`response.4xx`);

Using a Logging Service​

You can intercept the logger and send messages to a service of your choice.

For example:

import { format } from "node:util";
import { logger } from "queue-run";
import { Logtail } from "@logtail/node";

const logtail = new Logtail(process.env.LOGTAIL_TOKEN);

// console.log,, console.error, etc
// send to logging service
logger.on("log", (level, ...args) => {
const message = format(...args);
if (level === "error) logtail.error(message);
else logtail.log(message);

if (process.env.SENTRY_DSN) {
dsn: process.env.SENTRY_DSN,
environment: process.env.NODE_ENV,
release: process.env.GIT_TAG ?? process.env.GIT_SHA,
attachStacktrace: true,
// This listens to errors that cause the process to crash,
// or otherwise reported with call to reportError
logger.on("error", (error) => Sentry.captureException(error));

Use reportError with an Error object when you want to:

  • Report the error but throw an error/terminate the process
  • Send it to all on(error) event handler
  • Including error monitoring service (as shown in example above)
  • And showing in the console/log (default behavior)

Use console.error when you want to show additional information in the console/log, but not necessarily trigger an error condition.