API v1.0.x


npm: npm install @hapi/log

yarn: yarn add @hapi/log


This API is still a WIP. Feedbacks are welcome.


This section will serve as a gathering for all ideas we want to implement or that are open to discussion in this module.

  • Dual logging system:
    • A highly performant core integrated with hapi's core:
      • Super fast text streams (inspired from pino)
      • Replace the current server.log() and request.log(), maybe by something like server.log.critical(), request.log.debug().
      • Should we allow for custom log levels?
      • Allow data to be bind to a logger to create a "child logger" rather than having to do it by hand every time.
      • Allow for default log level and minimum log level threshold.
      • A documented log format that would enable logging to stdout / stderr from hapi and piping them to another process for more in depth handling (reformating, shipping, etc.).
    • Podium API to subscribe to specific events and a built-in way to pipe everything to stdout.
  • Plugins could add support for writing to files with additional features like files rotation, chunking or write to HTTP targets i.e loggly.
  • Rework the current server.events and request.events channels to make them more intuitive :
    • Remove the ambiguity with the request event where it makes you think that an event will be triggered when a new request is received whereas it can be done with the onRequest extension point instead.
    • Remove the inconsistency between server.log() which emits log events and request.log() which emits request events.
  • Keep emitting events when logging (to enable side usage like crash notifications ala Sentry).
  • Provide first class API to serialize problematic Node/hapi objects such as the request object using either first class citizen objects or methods like toJSON() :
    • Allow the user to provide paths to data or a redaction function for sensitive information.
  • Built in support for ignoring events based on path or tags i.e /health.

Log level

This module provides different log levels:

  • emergency (0): System is unusable
  • alert (1): Should be corrected immediately
  • critical (2): Critical conditions
  • error (3): Error conditions
  • warning (4): May indicate that an error will occur if action is not taken
  • notice (5): Events that are unusual, but not error conditions
  • info (6): Normal operational messages that require no action
  • debug (7): Information useful to developers for debugging the application


This plugin accepts several options:


Default value: { hostname, pid, node }.

A free form object that will be passed to the log function for every elements in events.


Default value: 'info'.

A log level string that will be used as the level for the automatic logging performed on events.


Default value: ['log', 'onRequest', 'request', 'response', 'start', 'stop'].

An array of strings where each value represents the name of an event dispatched by hapi or a request lifecycle method. This plugin will log information for all events/lifecycle in this array. The available values are:

  • log event
  • onRequest lifecycle
  • request event
  • response event
  • start event
  • stop event
    • The logger will automatically be closed upon stop event reception whether it is present in the events array or not.

The automatic logging behavior on log and request event is handled differently from the others. If the received event object contains tags, they will be tested against the log levels. If there are matches and a matched log level has a more severe log level than the default level it will be used instead. When multiple tags match, the one with the most severe log level will be used. If there are no matches, the default level will be used.


Default value: [].

An array of strings whose values are event channels to exclude from logging. These channels will be matched against the channel of the received event object from:

  • log event
  • request event


Default value: [].

An array of strings whose values are route paths to exclude from logging. This option is used only for:

  • request event
  • response event
  • onRequest lifecycle


Default value: [].

An array of strings whose values are tags to exclude from logging. Event tags and routes tags will be matched against this option. No log will be performed as long as at least one tag matches from this option. Tags from log and request events will be checked. Route tags filtering will be performed for requests on request, response event and onRequest lifecycle.


Default value: 'info'.

A log level string used to determine the maximum log level allowed, meaning the log level with the highest numerical value allowed. For example let's say you defined this option as level: 'notice', whose numerical value is 5. Afterwards a log event is intercepted by this plugin whose tags contain 'debug' matching with the 8th log level (debug (7)). This event will not be logged since its numerical value is higher than the numerical value of this option.


Default value: Stdlogger.

An object with several methods to setup and log information:

  • async logger.connect() (optional): this method is called during the onPreStart lifecycle.
  • logger.close() (optional): this method is called upon reception of the server stop event. It should execute cleanup logic i.e closing files, closing remote communication.
  • logger.on(eventName, callback): this method is used to listen to events on the logger object. It is used to listen to an error event when the onError option is provided. It accepts two arguments:
    • eventName: a string for the event name.
    • callback: a function that should be called when an event matching the event name is dispatched.
  • logger[level](label, data, additionalFields): methods for every log level in the events option i.e logger.notice() or logger.critical(). These methods will be called with three arguments:
    • message: the message to log. Can be a string or an object that can be stringified.
    • data: an object containing data about the event, undefined when no data are sent.
    • additionalFields: the object passed to the additionalFields option.


Default value: {}.

An object that will be used to create a mapping between different names and the log levels we use. We use a default log level map:

  "emerg": "emergency",
  "emergency": "emergency",
  "alert": "alert",
  "crit": "critical",
  "critical": "critical",
  "err": "error",
  "error": "error",
  "warn": "warning",
  "warning": "warning",
  "notice": "notice",
  "info": "info",
  "log": "info",
  "debug": "debug"

The log level map provided in this option takes precedence and is merged over the default one. This allows you to unset values from the default map by setting the value to either undefined or null.

It is used only when reading the tags from the request and log events to determine the appropriate log level.


Default value: undefined.

A function that, if provided, is passed as the callback to the error event of the logger.on() method.


log exports Stdlogger, which can be constructed and passed as the logger option to log. The constructor takes the following arguments:

new Log.StdLogger(stdout, stderr);


log exports Pinologger, which can be constructed and passed as the logger option to log. The output from a hapi server using the Pinologger can be piped to pino-pretty or other pino compatible modules. The constructor takes the following arguments:

new Log.Pinologger(stdout);