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go-log is a simple logging library for Go which supports logging to systemd.



This example uses the default log to log to standard out and (if available) to systemd:

package main
import (

func main() {
    log.Info("Hello World.")
    log.Error("There's nothing more to this program.")

Using Sinks and Formats

package main

import (

func main() {
    l := log.NewSimple(
            "%s: %s[%d] %s\n",
            []string{"priority", "executable", "pid", "message"}))
    l.Info("Here's a differently formatted log message.")

Custom Sink

This example only logs messages with priority PriErr and greater.

package main

import (

func main() {
    l := log.NewSimple(
            log.WriterSink(os.Stdout, log.BasicFormat, log.BasicFields),
    l.Info("This will be filtered out")
    l.Info("and not printed at all.")
    l.Error("This will be printed, though!")
    l.Critical("And so will this!")

type PriorityFilter struct {
    priority log.Priority
    target   log.Sink

func (filter *PriorityFilter) Log(fields log.Fields) {
    // lower priority values indicate more important messages
    if fields["priority"].(log.Priority) <= filter.priority {


The following fields are available for use in all sinks:

"prefix"       string              // static field available to all sinks
"seq"          uint64              // auto-incrementing sequence number
"start_time"   time.Time           // start time of the log
"time"         string              // formatted time of log entry
"full_time"    time.Time           // time of log entry
"rtime"        time.Duration       // relative time of log entry since started
"pid"          int                 // process id
"executable"   string              // executable filename

In addition, if verbose=true is passed to New(), the following (somewhat expensive) runtime fields are also available:

"funcname"     string              // function name where the log function was called
"lineno"       int                 // line number where the log function was called
"pathname"     string              // full pathname of caller
"filename"     string              // filename of caller

Logging functions

All these functions can also be called directly to use the default log.

func (*Logger) Log(priority Priority, v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Logf(priority Priority, format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Emergency(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Emergencyf(format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Alert(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Alertf(format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Critical(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Criticalf(format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Error(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Errorf(format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Warning(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Warningf(format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Notice(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Noticef(format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Info(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Infof(format string, v ...interface{})
func (*Logger) Debug(v ...interface)
func (*Logger) Debugf(format string, v ...interface{})


This package is a mostly-from-scratch rewrite of ccding/go-logging with some features removed and systemd support added.