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Volumio integrates a logger which can be used to signal important events in your plugin.


Do not log every event, but just meaningful events. Also, make sure you don't leave any console.log in your plugin.

For easier usage make sure you assign the context.logger instance in the constructor of your plugin:

module.exports = ControllerSpop;
function ControllerSpop(context) {
var self = this;
self.logger = this.context.logger;

Create Log Message

At any place in your code you can then call the methods of the logger instance:"Youtube::onStart Adding to browse sources");

The logger instance has the following methods to create log messages: info, warn, error and debug.

  • info: for nominal events (like successfully updated configuration or successful start)
  • warn: for non-fatal errors (like failed to retrieve optional endpoints)
  • error: for fatal errors (like failed to start a daemon)
  • debug: only for very verbose logging.

Logging best practices

  • Make sure you remove all console.logs from your plugin before submitting.
  • Log only meaningful events (do not overflow logs, this makes troubleshooting harder)
  • In the log always report the plugin name, for easier troubleshooting
  • Use the minimum amount of logging possible: logs consume a lot of CPU cycles

Volumio logger library documentation

Volumio is using winston for logging.