Programming language: Kotlin
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Latest version: v2.1.20

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Lightweight logging framework for Kotlin, written in Pure Kotlin.
A convenient and performant logging library wrapping slf4j with Kotlin extensions.

Call log methods, without checking whether the respective log level is enabled

logger.debug { "Some $expensive message!" }

Behind the scenes the expensive message do not get evaluated if debug is not enabled:

// This is what happens when you write the above ^^^
if (logger.isDebugEnabled) logger.debug("Some $expensive message!")

Define the logger, without explicitly specifiying the class name

// Place definition above class declaration to make field static
private val logger = KotlinLogging.logger {}

Behind the scenes val logger will be created in the class, with the class/file name:

// This is what happens when you write the above ^^^
val logger = LoggerFactory.getLogger("package.ClassName")

Log exceptions in a Kotlin-style

// exception as first parameter with message as lambda
logger.error(exception) { "a $fancy message about the $exception" }

Getting started

import mu.KotlinLogging
private val logger = KotlinLogging.logger {} 
class FooWithLogging {
    val message = "world"
    fun bar() {
        logger.debug { "hello $message" }

An Android example project with kotlin-logging can be found in kotlin-logging-example-android.


Important note: kotlin-logging depends on slf4j-api (in the JVM artifact). In runtime, it is also required to depend on a logging implementation. More details in how-to-configure-slf4j. And an excellent detailed explanation in a-guide-to-logging-in-java.

In short, if you just want to log statements to stdout, it's possible to add the following dependency: org.slf4j:slf4j-simple:2.0.3.



See the full example in kotlin-logging-example-maven.


implementation 'io.github.microutils:kotlin-logging-jvm:3.0.2'

Alternatively, download the JAR from github or bintray or maven-central.


An experimental common & JS & linux-x64 support is available.
More information is available on the wiki and issues #21 #45.


After seeing many questions like Idiomatic way of logging in Kotlin and Best practices for loggers, it seems like there should be a standard for logging and obtaining a logger in Kotlin. kotlin-logging provides a wrapper for slf4j-api to be used by Kotlin classes with the following advantages:

  • No need to write the logger and class name or logger name boilerplate code.
  • A straight forward way to log messages with lazy-evaluated string using lambda expression {}.
  • All previous slf4j implementation can still be used.

Who is using it

And many more... (add your name above)


  • Why not use plain slf4j? kotlin-logging has better native Kotlin support. It adds more functionality and enables less boilerplate code.
  • Is all slf4j implementation supported (Markers, params, etc')? Yes, kotlin-logging inherits Logger and all methods are supported.
  • Is location logging possible? Yes, location awareness was added in kotlin-logging 1.4.
  • When I do logger.debug, my IntelliJ IDEA run console doesn't show any output. Do you know how I could set the console logger to debug or trace levels? Is this an IDE setting, or can it be set in the call to KLogging()? Setting log level is done per implementation. kotlin-logging and slf4j are just facades for the underlying logging lib (log4j, logback etc') more details here.
  • Can I access the actual logger? Yes, via KLogger.underlyingLogger property.


  • See wiki for more examples.

It is possible to configure IntelliJ live templates. For file level logger configure the following:

  • Text template: private val logger = mu.KotlinLogging.logger {}.
  • Applicable in Kotlin: top-level.


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Any contribution is appreciated.
See the contributors list in: https://github.com/MicroUtils/kotlin-logging/graphs/contributors

Pull requests are welcome! See instructions in https://github.com/MicroUtils/kotlin-logging/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md.

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