Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ASP.NET Core 2.0 - Logging with Log4Net (Microsoft.Extensions.Logging.Log4Net.AspNetCore)

Below are steps in integrating Log4Net in Asp.Net Core.

1) First install required package:
    dotnet add package Microsoft.Extensions.Logging.Log4Net.AspNetCore
2) Create file log4net.config with following xml content

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
      <appender name="RollingFileAppender" type="log4net.Appender.RollingFileAppender">
        <file type="log4net.Util.PatternString" value="Logs/Logs_%date{yyyyMMdd}.txt" />
        <rollingStyle value="Date" />
        <appendToFile value="true" />
        <rollingStyle value="Size" />
        <datePattern value="yyyyMMdd" />
        <maxSizeRollBackups value="10" />
        <maximumFileSize value="10000KB" />
        <staticLogFileName value="true" />
        <layout type="log4net.Layout.PatternLayout">
          <conversionPattern value="%-5level %date{dd-mm-yyyy HH:mm:ss} %logger [%thread] - %message %exception%newline" />
        <appender-ref ref="RollingFileAppender" />
        <level value="All" />
3) Inside Appsetting.js add section to save log4net config path ,section is added on same level as "Logging"

  "Log4NetConfigFile": {
    "Name": "Services/LoggingService/log4net.config"

    My log4net.config is inside services/LoggingService you can add it in project root if so section will need tiny modification in path as below.

    "Log4NetConfigFile": {
        "Name": "log4net.config"

3) inside Configure method in StartUp.cs add


4) Inside Your Test controller add class variable
    private readonly ILogger Logger;

   and inject its dependency through constructor

public TestController(ILoggerFactory DepLoggerFactory, IHostingEnvironment DepHostingEnvironment)
            HostingEnvironment = DepHostingEnvironment;
            Logger = DepLoggerFactory.CreateLogger("Controllers.TestController");

5) Now Create Test Action

     public IActionResult  GetAllMyModels(string id)
            var comments = (from m in Db.MyModelChild
                            where m.ParentId.ToString() == id
                            select m).ToList();

            Logger.LogInformation("Test log information 001");
            if (comments.Count() == 0)
                Logger.LogInformation("Test log information 002");
                return NotFound();
            return new ObjectResult(comments);

      on success this method emit MyModelChild objects as json

6) Now check to Logs folder in root redirectory its created with pattern of YYYYMMDD prepended with "Logs_"
    Logs_20180116.txt.Logged text also include timestamp.
        INFO  16-13-2018 11:13:24 Controllers.TestController [7] - Test log information 001

        In my case i am getting data so above log text will be there along with other output from dotnet run which falls in info.
     we can write other kind of log than warning too.

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