16: Collecting Application Info With Logging

Capture debugging and error output from your web applications using standard Python logging.


It's important to know what is going on inside our web application. In development we might need to collect some output. In production, we might need to detect problems when other people use the site. We need logging.

Fortunately Pyramid uses the normal Python approach to logging. The project generated in your development.ini has a number of lines that configure the logging for you to some reasonable defaults. You then see messages sent by Pyramid, for example, when a new request comes in.


  • Inspect the configuration setup used for logging.

  • Add logging statements to your view code.


  1. First we copy the results of the view_classes step:

    cd ..; cp -r view_classes logging; cd logging
    $VENV/bin/pip install -e .
  2. Extend logging/tutorial/views.py to log a message:

     1import logging
     2log = logging.getLogger(__name__)
     4from pyramid.view import (
     5    view_config,
     6    view_defaults
     7    )
    11class TutorialViews:
    12    def __init__(self, request):
    13        self.request = request
    15    @view_config(route_name='home')
    16    def home(self):
    17        log.debug('In home view')
    18        return {'name': 'Home View'}
    20    @view_config(route_name='hello')
    21    def hello(self):
    22        log.debug('In hello view')
    23        return {'name': 'Hello View'}
  3. Finally let's edit development.ini configuration file to enable logging for our Pyramid application:

    use = egg:tutorial
    pyramid.reload_templates = true
    pyramid.includes =
    use = egg:waitress#main
    listen = localhost:6543
    # Begin logging configuration
    keys = root, tutorial
    level = DEBUG
    handlers =
    qualname = tutorial
    keys = console
    keys = generic
    level = INFO
    handlers = console
    class = StreamHandler
    args = (sys.stderr,)
    level = NOTSET
    formatter = generic
    format = %(asctime)s %(levelname)-5.5s [%(name)s][%(threadName)s] %(message)s
    # End logging configuration
  4. Make sure the tests still pass:

    $VENV/bin/pytest tutorial/tests.py -q
    4 passed in 0.41 seconds
  5. Run your Pyramid application with:

    $VENV/bin/pserve development.ini --reload
  6. Open http://localhost:6543/ and http://localhost:6543/howdy in your browser. Note, both in the console and in the debug toolbar, the message that you logged.


In our configuration file development.ini, our tutorial Python package is set up as a logger and configured to log messages at a DEBUG or higher level. When you visit http://localhost:6543, your console will now show:

2013-08-09 10:42:42,968 DEBUG [tutorial.views][MainThread] In home view

Also, if you have configured your Pyramid application to use the pyramid_debugtoolbar, logging statements appear in one of its menus.

See also

See also Logging.