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@loggo: automated logging for Python 3

Version 8.1.0

You find Python's builtin logging module repetitive, tedious and ugly, and the logs you do write with it clash with your otherwise awesome style. loggo is here to help: it automates the boring stuff, simplifies the tricky stuff, hooks up effortlessly to graylog, and keeps an eye out for privacy and security if you need it to.


pip install loggo
# or
python install

To install with Graylog support, do:

pip install loggo[graylog]


To get started, import and instantiate the main class, ideally somewhere at the core of your project. If you have a module with multiple files, do the initial configuration in the main, or in a file called so you can import the same, ready-set-up logger easily.

For example, if your app was called tester, you could add the following to tester/

from loggo import Loggo

# all setup values are optional
loggo = Loggo(
    facility="tester",  # name of program logging the message
    graylog_address=("", 9999),  # address for graylog (ip, port)
    do_print=True,  # print each log to console
    do_write=True,  # write each log to file
    logfile="mylog.txt",  # custom path to logfile
    truncation=1000,  # longest possible value in extra data
    private_data={"password"},  # set of sensitive args/kwargs


In other parts of the project, you can then access the configured logger instance with:

from tester import loggo

Loggo as decorator

You can use @loggo as a decorator on any callable: a class, on its method, or on function. On classes, it will log every method; on methods and functions it will log the call signature, return and errors. The central idea behind loggo is that you can simply decorate every class in your project, as well as any important standalone functions, and have comprehensive, standardised information about your project's internals without any extra labour.

If a method within a decorated class is called too often, or if you don't need to keep an eye on it, you can use @loggo.ignore to ignore it. Also available is @loggo.errors, which will only log exceptions, not calls and returns.

For an example use-case, let's make a simple class that multiplies two numbers, but only if a password is supplied. We will ignore logging of the boring authentication system.

class Multiplier:
    def __init__(self, base):
        self.base = base

    def multiply(self, n, password):
        Multiply by the number given during initialisation--requires password
        self.authenticated = self._do_authentication(password)
        if not self.authenticated:
            raise ValueError("Not authenticated!")
        return self.base * n

    def _do_authentication(self, password):
        """Not exactly Fort Knox"""
        return password == "tOpSeCrEt"

First, let's use it properly, with our secret password passed in:

mult = Multiplier(50)
result = mult.multiply(50, "tOpSeCrEt")
assert result == 2500  # True

We'll get some nice text in the console:

11.05 2018 17:14:54 *Called Multiplier.multiply(n=50, password='******')
11.05 2018 17:14:54 *Returned from Multiplier.multiply(n=50, password='******') with int (2500)

Notice that our private argument password was successfully obscured, even without us naming the argument when we called the method. If you used do_write=True, this log will also be in your specified log file, also with password obscured.

result = mult.multiply(7, "password123")

Here an error will raise, a log will be generated, and we'll get extra info in the console, including traceback:

11.05 2018 17:19:43 *Called Multiplier.multiply(n=7, password='******')
11.05 2018 17:19:43 *Errored during Multiplier.multiply(n=7, password='******') with ValueError "Not authenticated!"    20 -- see below:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/danny/work/loggo/loggo/", line 137, in full_decoration
    response = function(*args, **kwargs)
  File "", line 13, in multiply
    raise ValueError('Not authenticated!')
ValueError: Not authenticated!

If you're using graypy, you'll get a lot of extra goodness, such as key-value pairs for call signatures, timestamps, arguments, return values, exception information, and so on.

Custom messages

When configuring loggo, you can use your own message format for the auto-generated logs. There are four keys, one for each autolog type:

loggo = Loggo(
    called="Log before callable is run",
    returned="Log for return from {call_signature} at {timestamp}",
    returned_none="Log when the return value of the callable is None",
    errored="Log string on exception: {exception_type}",

def test():

If you pass None for any of these keyword arguments, logs of that time will be completely suppressed. If you do not provide a value for returned_none, loggo will use the value you provided for returned, or fall back to its own default.

Notice, in the example above, you can include particular format strings in the log message. Currently supported are:

  • call_signature: the callable name and its arguments and keyword arguments
  • callable: the __qualname__ of the decorated object
  • params: comma separated key value pairs for arguments passed
  • log_level: the log level associated with this log
  • timestamp: time at time of logging
  • couplet: uuid.uuid1() for the called and returned/errored pair
  • number_of_params: total args + kwargs as int
  • private_keys: list of identified private argument names
  • decorated: always True

The errored log additionally supports:

  • exception_type: ValueError, AttributeError, etc.
  • exception_msg: details about the thrown exception
  • traceback: exception traceback

And the returned and returned_none logs support:

  • return_value: the object returned by the callable
  • return_type: type of returned object

Adding more such strings is trivial; submit an issue if there is something else you need.

Logging without decorators

For logging manually, loggo provides methods similar to the logging functions of the logging standard library: loggo.log, loggo.debug,, loggo.warning, loggo.error, and loggo.critical. The methods use the configuration that has already been defined. The main method loggo.log takes three parameters:

level = 50
msg = "Message to log"
extra = dict(some="data", that="will", be="logged")
loggo.log(level, msg, extra)
# console: 11.05 2018 17:36:24 Message to log  50
# extra_data in log file if `do_print` setting is True

Methods loggo.debug,, loggo.warning, loggo.error and loggo.critical are convenience methods for setting the log level. For instance,

loggo.warning("A message", dict(some="data"))

is equivalent to

loggo.log(logging.WARNING, "A message", dict(some="data"))

where logging.WARNING is an integer constant imported from the standard library.

The advantage of using loggo for these kinds of logs is that loggo will make the extra data more readable and truncate very large strings. More importantly, you also still get whatever extras you've configured, like obfuscation of private data, or writing to console/file.


You can also start and stop logging with loggo.start() and loggo.stop(), at any point in your code, though by default, error logs will still get through. If you want to suppress errors too, you can pass in allow_errors=False.

Context managers

You can suppress logs using a context manager. Errors are allowed here by default too:

with loggo.pause(allow_errors=False):



The style is Black, with the following exceptions and extra strictness:

  • Maximum line length is 110
  • The comment syntax for types should not be used unless ignoring with # type: ignore. That is, write this:
    def hello() -> str:
        return_value: str = 'hello'
        return return_value
    instead of writing this:
    def hello(): # type: () -> str
        return_value = 'hello'  # type: str
        return return_value

Making pull requests

Issues, feature requests and code contributions are welcomed. Follow these steps to make a pull request:

  1. Fork/clone the repository.

  2. Install dependencies (you'll probably want to create a virtual environment, using your preferred method, first).

    pip install -e .[dev]
  3. Install pre-commit hooks

    pre-commit install
  4. After making changes and having written tests, make sure tests pass:

    python -m unittest
  5. Commit, push, and make a PR.

Version bumping

loggo adheres to semantic versioning, ideally via the bump2version utility. Install it with pip:

pip install bump2version

Whenever you need to bump version, in the project root directory do:

bump2version (major | minor | patch)
git push <remote> <branch> --follow-tags 


loggo uses Python's standard library (logging) to generate logs. There are some gotchas when using it: for instance, in terms of the extra data that can be passed in, key names for this extra data cannot clash with some internal names used within the logging module (message, args, etc.). To get around this, you'll get a warning that your data contains a bad key name, and it will be changed (i.e. from message to protected_message).

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