[ACCEPTED]-Good, free Delphi logging framework-logging

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Score: 13

Which logging library is better? mentions the following of which only the 1 last two are free.

Score: 8

I know it's not free - but well worth it's 9 money: CodeSite by Raize Software. Quality has its 8 price! :-)

I always enjoyed working with 7 CodeSite, especially the ability to add 6 just about any type of objects to the log 5 without huge conversions to a string format 4 was often very helpful.

Again: not free, but 3 worth its price in gold, if you really are 2 serious about production-quality logging 1 and viewing of those logs.


Score: 6

I have been granted access to update the 6 dormant Log4Delphi project and I have rolled 5 up 4 years of bugfixes and patches into 4 the latest 0.8 release available on Source-forge. I 3 use this library in production and have 2 found it to very stable and reliable and 1 easy to use.

Log4Delphi Downloads Page

Score: 5

A logger library shouldn't dump the contents 9 synchronously. That will slow down the application. Instead, it 8 needs to buffer the contents and dump them 7 when it is flushed.

It should also be thread-safe 6 and able to dump the contents from different 5 threads. (And preferably be able to log 4 the thread ID as well)

It should also be 3 flexible and able to log multiple output 2 formats.

Here's a library which does all 1 this: loggerpro

Score: 3

I'm a big fan of CodeSite, too, but if you're 2 looking for free, how about OutputDebugString 1 with either the Delphi IDE or DebugView from SysInternals.

Score: 3

Another alternative to Codesite is Overseer which 3 is open sourced and part of the nexus project, but stands 2 alone so does not require you to use their 1 framework.

Score: 2

There is another new logging framework for Delphi, which comes in a single file (nxlogging.pas). nxlogging 6 is a nice lightweight and powerful set of 5 classes like log4d (appenders, formaters), but 4 much easier tu use. It includes file appenders 3 (rolling files, all in a single one, etc...) and 2 a tcp appender too, so you can forward your 1 logs to a central logserver.

Score: 1

There is Log4D, another port of the Java Log4J logging framework for 10 Delphi at Sourceforge.

Log4D project page at sourceforge

A description of its 9 architecture can be found on CodeCentral and here.

Help 8 files are available online at http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/16446.

It is currently 7 based on log4j 1.2.12 and quite active, and 6 very easy to use. It includes TLogODSAppender, TLogStreamAppender, TLogFileAppender, TLogRollingFileAppender.

The 5 following example project creates a ODS 4 appender. If you run it in the IDE, the 3 log messages will appear in the ‘Event log’ window.

program Log4Dexample;



  Logger: TLogLogger;

    // basic configuration - creates a TLogODSAppender (ODS = OutputDebugString)

    // set the log level
    TLogLogger.GetRootLogger.Level := Trace;

    // create a named logger
    Logger := TLogLogger.GetLogger('exampleLogger');

    // write log messages
    Logger.Fatal('fatal output');
    Logger.Error('error output');
    Logger.Warn('warn output');
    Logger.Info('info output');
    Logger.Debug('debug output');
    Logger.Trace('trace output');


    on E:Exception do
      Writeln(E.Classname, ': ', E.Message);

Writing 2 appenders is straightforward, here is an 1 example of a simple console appender:

unit LogConsoleAppender;



  { Send log messages to console output. }
  TLogConsoleAppender = class(TLogCustomAppender)
    procedure DoAppend(const Message: string); override;


{ TLogConsoleAppender }

procedure TLogConsoleAppender.DoAppend(const Message: string);
  if IsConsole then



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