Today we're looking at SwiftyBeaver, a library from Sebastian Kreutzberger that aims to improve Xcode's logging capabilities. Let's dive in.
After adding the library to our project we'll need to import the library in our AppDelegate. We'll also need to create a global log reference we can use throughout our app:
import SwiftyBeaver let log = SwiftyBeaver.self
Then we'll need to tell SwiftyBeaver to log somewhere, let's set it up to log to Xcode's console and a log file:
let console = ConsoleDestination() let file = FileDestination() log.addDestination(console) log.addDestination(file)
SwiftyBeaver is built around the concept of "destinations". Here we're adding one for the Xcode console, then another to log to a file in our app's documents directory.
Now, we can use our global log reference to log messages. There's functions for each of the different levels. Each will log its level in its own color:
log.verbose("Nothing really happened") // gray log.debug("A thing happened") // blue log.info("A good thing happened") // green log.warning("A probably bad thing happened") // yellow log.error("A definitely bad thing happened") // red
Both built-in destinations have a ton of configuration options allowing us to customize how we'd like our logs to behave. We can customize the format of log statements or change a file destination's location, we can even define our own destinations if needed!
More info about SwiftyBeaver can be found at git.io/swiftybeaver