How can I add timestamp to logs using Node.js library Winston?


Question

I want to add timestamp to logs. What is the best way to achieve this?

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6/30/2016 3:36:44 PM

Accepted Answer

I was dealing with the same issue myself. There are two ways I was able to do this.

When you include Winston, it usually defaults to adding a Console transport. In order to get timestamps to work in this default case, I needed to either:

  1. Remove the console transport and add again with the timestamp option.
  2. Create your own Logger object with the timestamp option set to true.

The first:

var winston = require('winston');
winston.remove(winston.transports.Console);
winston.add(winston.transports.Console, {'timestamp':true});

The second, and cleaner option:

var winston = require('winston');
var logger = new (winston.Logger)({
    transports: [
      new (winston.transports.Console)({'timestamp':true})
    ]
});

Some of the other options for Console transport can be found here:

  • level: Level of messages that this transport should log (default 'debug').
  • silent: Boolean flag indicating whether to suppress output (default false).
  • colorize: Boolean flag indicating if we should colorize output (default false).
  • timestamp: Boolean flag indicating if we should prepend output with timestamps (default false). If function is specified, its return value will be used instead of timestamps.
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5/18/2015 8:48:36 AM

Above answers did not work for me. In case you are trying to add timestamp to your logs using the latest version of Winston - 3.0.0-rc1, this worked like charm:

    const {transports, createLogger, format} = require('winston');

    const logger = createLogger({
        format: format.combine(
            format.timestamp(),
            format.json()
        ),
        transports: [
            new transports.Console(),
            new transports.File({filename: 'logs/error/error.log', level: 'error'}),
            new transports.File({filename: 'logs/activity/activity.log', level:'info'})
        ]
    });

I used 'format.combine()'. Since I needed timestamp on all my transports, I added the formatting option within the createLogger, rather than inside each transport. My output on console and on file (activity.log) are as follows:

{"message":"Connected to mongodb","level":"info","timestamp":"2018-02-01T22:35:27.758Z"}
{"message":"Connected to mongodb","level":"info","timestamp":"2018-02-01T22:35:27.758Z"}

We can add formatting to this timestamp in 'format.combine()' as usual using:

format.timestamp({format:'MM-YY-DD'})

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