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Log formatting with colors!

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ColoredFormatter is a formatter for use with pythons logging module.

It allows colors to be placed in the format string, which is mostly useful when paired with a StreamHandler that is outputting to a terminal. This is accomplished by added a set of terminal color codes to the record before it is used to format the string.


The following values are made availible for use in the format string:

  • fg_{colorname}, bg_{colorname}: Foreground and background colors. The colors names are black, red, green, yellow, blue, purple, cyan and white.
  • bold: Bold output.
  • reset: Clear all formatting (both foreground and background colors).
  • log_color: Return the color associated with the records level (from color_levels).


ColoredFormatter takes several arguments:

  • format: The format string used to output the message (required).
  • datefmt: An optional date format passed to the base class. See logging.Formatter.
  • reset: Implicitly adds a color reset code to the message output, unless the output already ends with one. Defaults to True.
  • log_colors: A mapping of record level names to color names. The defaults can be found in colorlog.default_log_colors, or the below example.
  • style: Availible on Python 3.2 and above. See logging.Formatter.


The following code creates a ColoredFormatter for use in a logging setup, passing each arguments defaults to the constructor:

from colorlog import ColoredFormatter

formatter = ColoredFormatter(
        "%(log_color)s%(levelname)-8s%(reset)s %(blue)s%(message)s",
                'DEBUG':    'cyan',
                'INFO':     'green',
                'WARNING':  'yellow',
                'ERROR':    'red',
                'CRITICAL': 'red',

With dictConfig

        'formatters': {
                'colored': {
                        '()': 'colorlog.ColoredFormatter',
                        'format': "%(log_color)s%(levelname)-8s%(reset)s %(blue)s%(message)s"


A full example dictionary can be found in tests/

With fileConfig



format=%(log_color)s%(levelname)-8s%(reset)s %(bg_blue)s[%(name)s]%(reset)s %(message)s from fileConfig
datefmt=%m-%d %H:%M:%S


An instance of ColoredFormatter created with those arguments will then be used by any handlers that are configured to use the color formatter.

A full example configuration can be found in tests/test_config.ini.


colorlog works on Python 2.6 and above, including Python 3.


Tests similar to those in the above examples can be found in tests/ The tests can be run with:

python2.6 tests/
python2.7 tests/
python3.2 tests/


colorlog is distributed under the MIT Licence.

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