PSR-3 (logging), PSR-7 (HTTP) and PSR-15 (middleware) compliant alternative to the original ChromeLogger for PHP

1.2.0 2022-08-24 10:44 UTC

This package is auto-updated.

Last update: 2024-03-25 11:07:27 UTC


PHP Version Build Status Code Coverage

Alternative to the original ChromeLogger for PHP by Craig Campbell, using:

  • PSR-3 compliant interface for logging,
  • PSR-7 HTTP message abstraction for the models, and
  • PSR-15 compliant middleware for quick integration.

✨ An alternative to the ChromeLogger extension is also available and is highly recommended.


The logging interface is PSR-3 compliant, so:

$logger = new ChromeLogger();

$logger->notice("awesome sauce!");

Note that this will have a header-size limit by default.

Using a PSR-7 compliant ResponseInterface instance, such as in a middleware stack, you can populate the Response as follows:

$response = $logger->writeToResponse($response);

Or just add an instance of the included PSR-15 ChromeLoggerMiddleware to the top of your middleware stack.

If you're not using PSR-7, emitting the headers old-school is also possible with ChromeLogger::emitHeader().

Logging Table Data

Since PSR-3 does not offer any explicit support for tables, we support tables via the context array.

For example:

        "table: SQL Queries" => [
            ["time" => "10 msec", "sql" => "SELECT * FROM foo"],
            ["time" => "20 msec", "sql" => "SELECT * FROM baz"],

This works because the "table:" key prefix in the context array is recognized and treated specially.

Logging a Stack Trace from an Exception

The reserved "exception" key in PSR-3 context values is supported - the following will result in a stack-trace:

try {
} catch (Exception $e) {
    $logger->error("ouch, this looks bad!", ["exception" => $e]);

Any PHP values injected via the context array will be serialized for client-side inspection - including complex object graphs and explicit serialization of problematic types like Exception and DateTime.

Header Size Limit

Chrome has a 250KB header size limit and many popular web-servers (including NGINX and Apache) also have a limit.

By default, the beginning of the log will be truncated to keep the header size under the limit.

You can change this limit using the ChromeLogger::setLimit() method - but a better approach is to enable logging to local files, which will persist in a web-accessible folder for 60 seconds:

$logger->usePersistence("/var/www/mysite/webroot/logs", "/logs");

Note that this isn't supported by the ChromeLogger extension - you will need to install the alternative Server Log Chrome extension instead. (It is backwards compatible with the header-format of the original ChromeLogger extension, so you can use this as a drop-in replacement for the original extension.)


We do not currently support log-entry grouping, as supported by the original ChromeLogger for PHP, as this concept is not supported by PSR-3.

We do not make use of the reserved '___class_name' key used to color-code objects in ChromeLogger, because this does not work for nested object graphs - instead, we consistently indicate the object type as type in the console output, which works well enough, given that object properties are visually qualified with $ prefix in the output. (Improving this in the future would require changes to the ChromeLogger extension.)


The original ChromeLogger for PHP has a static API, and aggressively emits headers, making it unsuitable for use in a PSR-15 based (or other) middleware stack. Static classes generally aren't much fun if you enjoy writing testable code.

This library also implements the PSR-3 LoggerInterface, which makes it easy to substitute this logger for any other.

Note that, while we aware of the ChromePHPHandler which comes with the popular logging framework monolog, kodus/chrome-logger has no external dependencies beyond the PSR interfaces, and uses ResponseInterface::withHeader() to populate PSR-7 Response objects, as opposed to making header() calls.