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Enable DB, debug log, and verbose logging for a specificly defined request.

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Dynamically change the log level per request to DEBUG. This enables database, debug log, and verbose logging for a specifically defined request.

Pass in a X-Verbose-Log header and Magento will activate the kind of logging you usually only have in developer mode for that request.

This means you can get verbose information when you are debugging something on production without having to switch on these settings forcefully. This is beneficial as on high traffic sites this can produce a lot of log data and narrowing in for what you are interested in can be difficult otherwise.

It is recommended that you also install ampersand/magento2-log-correlation-id to help correlate your log entries together.

Compatible with Magento 2.4.1 and higher.


Example Usage

On the system you want to debug run the following command to get the current key

$ php bin/magento ampersand:verbose-log-request:get-key
The current key is:               d07c0ee76154d48c2974516ef22c1ec0
The current key will expire at:   2022-10-25 09:00:00

Make a request to your desired page with an X-Verbose-Log header set to that value

curl -H "X-Verbose-Log: d07c0ee76154d48c2974516ef22c1ec0"


X_VERBOSE_LOG=d07c0ee76154d48c2974516ef22c1ec0 php bin/magento some:command:here

See all your verbose log files

 12M var/log/debug.log
3.1M var/log/verbose_db.log
4.0K var/log/system.log
4.0K var/log/support_report.log

If you want to do more complex interactions you could use something like modheader to set this value for a series of requests, be aware that will output a LOT of debug data.


Composer require the module.

composer require ampersand/magento2-verbose-log-request

Run module installation, this will generate your ampersand/verbose_log_request/key in app/etc/config.php, commit this change.

php bin/magento setup:upgrade

Update your .gitignore to ignore


If you want to give certain admin users permissions to get the key via the Admin Panel -> Account Settings -> Get Verbose Log Key create app/etc/di.xml_ampersand_magento2_verbose_log_request/allowed_emails_di.xml and define the allowed emails/domains.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:ObjectManager/etc/config.xsd">
    <type name="Ampersand\VerboseLogRequest\Service\Adminhtml\AllowedEmails">
            <!-- It is recommended to allow specific emails -->
            <argument name="allowedEmails" xsi:type="array">
                <item name="1" xsi:type="string"></item>
            <!-- There is support for whitelisting a whole domain, but this is less strict than the above -->
            <argument name="allowedDomains" xsi:type="array">
                <item name="1" xsi:type="string"></item>

Security considerations

As all we are doing is writing to the log files the biggest "risk" is to your disk space.

However as you need to know the key to trigger the logging it can be locked down to your developers and won't be accessible to the outside world unless they already have access to your file system.

A log level below "debug", the VerboseDebugLogger

By default magento has debug level logging enabled on developer mode and it may even be activated on some production environments. As we want to log cache_load and cache_save information this would rapidly fill up your log files on either your developer machine, or those production enivornments with lots of unnecessary data.

To ensure we only trigger these extra verbose debug level logging when the X-Verbose-Log request is flagged, we have a virtual type that you can inject into your classes.

Ampersand\VerboseLogRequest\Logger\VerboseDebugLogger will write to the ./var/log/debug.log file the same as the standard calls to ->debug(), but they will only write when flagged to in the request.

In this manner we can spoof in a sort of log level below DEBUG as defined in RFC 5424. It is still a debug log, but it is only triggered when specifically requested and is therefore a bit separate from standard debug logs.

You can tell your class to use this kind of debug logging by injecting it in place of the standard \Psr\Log\LoggerInterface by defining a di.xml like so

<type name="Namespace\Module\Your\Class\Here">
        <argument name="logger" xsi:type="object">Ampersand\VerboseLogRequest\Logger\VerboseDebugLogger</argument>

It's great for adding hotfix logging

We all hope that it is never necessary but if you ever feel the need to add some hotfix logging onto an environment you can improve it by using the VerboseDebugLogger

Inject that dependency (as described above) and you can put debug statements all through your application that will only trigger when you request it on the problematic environment.