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Package logging contains a Stackdriver Logging client suitable for writing logs.
For reading logs, and working with sinks, metrics and monitored resources,
see package
This client uses Logging API v2.
See for an introduction to the API.
Note: This package is in beta. Some backwards-incompatible changes may occur.
Creating a Client
Use a Client to interact with the Stackdriver Logging API.
// Create a Client
ctx := context.Background()
client, err := logging.NewClient(ctx, "my-project")
if err != nil {
// TODO: Handle error.
Basic Usage
For most use cases, you'll want to add log entries to a buffer to be periodically
flushed (automatically and asynchronously) to the Stackdriver Logging service.
// Initialize a logger
lg := client.Logger("my-log")
// Add entry to log buffer
lg.Log(logging.Entry{Payload: "something happened!"})
Closing your Client
You should call Client.Close before your program exits to flush any buffered log entries to the Stackdriver Logging service.
// Close the client when finished.
err = client.Close()
if err != nil {
// TODO: Handle error.
Synchronous Logging
For critical errors, you may want to send your log entries immediately.
LogSync is slow and will block until the log entry has been sent, so it is
not recommended for normal use.
lg.LogSync(ctx, logging.Entry{Payload: "ALERT! Something critical happened!"})
An entry payload can be a string, as in the examples above. It can also be any value
that can be marshaled to a JSON object, like a map[string]interface{} or a struct:
type MyEntry struct {
Name string
Count int
lg.Log(logging.Entry{Payload: MyEntry{Name: "Bob", Count: 3}})
If you have a []byte of JSON, wrap it in json.RawMessage:
j := []byte(`{"Name": "Bob", "Count": 3}`)
lg.Log(logging.Entry{Payload: json.RawMessage(j)})
The Standard Logger Interface
You may want use a standard log.Logger in your program.
// stdlg implements log.Logger
stdlg := lg.StandardLogger(logging.Info)
stdlg.Println("some info")
Log Levels
An Entry may have one of a number of severity levels associated with it.
Payload: "something terrible happened!",
Severity: logging.Critical,
Viewing Logs
You can view Stackdriver logs for projects at Use the dropdown at the top left. When
running from a Google Cloud Platform VM, select "GCE VM Instance". Otherwise, select
"Google Project" and then the project ID. Logs for organizations, folders and billing
accounts can be viewed on the command line with the "gcloud logging read" command.
package logging // import ""