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Lightweight logging framework for Kotlin, written in Pure Kotlin.
A convenient and performant logging library wrapping slf4j with Kotlin extensions.

  • Call log methods, without checking whether the respective log level is enabled:
    logger.debug { "Some $expensive message!" }

    Behind the scenes the expensive message do not get evaluated if debug is not enabled:

    if (logger.isDebugEnabled) logger.debug("Some $expensive message!")
  • Define the logger, without explicitly specifiying the class name:
    // Place definition above class declaration to make field static
    private val logger = KotlinLogging.logger {}


    companion object: KLogging()

    Behind the scenes val logger will be created in the class, with the class/file name:

    val logger = LoggerFactory.getLogger("class name")
  • Log exceptions in a Kotlin-style
    logger.error(exception) { "a $fancy message about the $exception" }

Getting started

private val logger = KotlinLogging.logger {} 
class FooWithLogging {
    val message = "world"
    fun bar() {
        logger.info { "hello $message" }

An Android example project with kotlin logging can be found in kotlin-logging-example-android.


Important note: kotlin-logging depends on slf4j-api. In runtime, it is also required to depend on a logging implementation. More details in how-to-configure-slf4j. And an excelent detailed explanation in a-guide-to-logging-in-java.



See full example in kotlin-logging-example-maven.


compile 'io.github.microutils:kotlin-logging:1.6.20'

Or alternatively, download jar from github or bintray or maven-central.


After seeing many questions like Idiomatic way of logging in Kotlin and Best practices for loggers, It seems like there should be a standard for logging and obtaining a logger in kotlin. kotlin-logging provide a wrapper for slf4j api to be used by kotlin classes with the following advantages:

  • No need to write the logger and class name or logger name boileplates.
  • A straight forward way to log messages with lazy-evaluated string using lambda expression {}.
  • All previous slf4j implementation still can be used.


An experimental common & js support is available.
More info on wiki and issue #21.

Who is using it

  • https://www.jetbrains.com/youtrack/ (https://www.jetbrains.com/help/youtrack/standalone/Third-Party-Software-Used-by-YouTrack.html)
  • https://github.com/DiUS/pact-jvm
  • https://github.com/AsynkronIT/protoactor-kotlin
  • https://github.com/square/misk
  • https://github.com/openrndr/openrndr
  • https://github.com/JetBrains/xodus

And many more… (add your name above)


  • Why not use plain slf4j? kotlin-logging has better native kotlin support. It adds more functionality and enable less boilerplates.
  • Is all slf4j implementation supported (Markers, params, etc’)? Yes, KLogger inherits Logger and all methods are supported.
  • Is location logging possible? Yes, location awerness was added in kotlin-logging 1.4.
  • When I do logger.debug, my IntelliJ IDEA run console doesn’t show any output. Do you know how I could set the console logger to debug or trace levels? Is this an IDE setting, or can it be set in the call to KLogging()? Setting log level is done per implementation. Kotlin-logging and slf4j are just facades for the underlying logging lib (log4j, logback etc’) more details here.
  • Can I access the actual logger? Yes, via KLogger.underlyingLogger property.


  • See wiki for more examples.

It is possible to configure Intellij live template. For file level logger configure the following:

  • Text template: private val logger = mu.KotlinLogging.logger {}.
  • Applicable in Kotlin: top-level.


  • Open an issue here: https://github.com/MicroUtils/kotlin-logging/issues
  • Ask a question in StackOverflow with kotlin-logging tag.
  • Chat on Slack channel: https://kotlinlang.slack.com/messages/kotlin-logging
  • Chat on Telegram channel: https://t.me/klogging


  • Ohad Shai
  • Pavel Nikitin [JetBrains]
  • Christoph Gritschenberger
  • Igor Manushin
  • krokofant
  • ravikumar-n
  • Dario Seidl

See also here: https://github.com/MicroUtils/kotlin-logging/graphs/contributors


Pull requests are welcome!
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compile "io.github.microutils:kotlin-logging:1.6.20"

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