valskalla / odin   0.13.0

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Fast & Functional logger in Scala

Scala versions: 3.x 2.13 2.12

The god of poetry (also battles, fights and other side effects)

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Odin library enables functional approach to logging in Scala applications with reasoning and performance as the top priorities.

  • Each effect is suspended within the polymorphic F[_]
  • Context is a first-class citizen. Logger is structured by default, no more TheadLocal MDCs
  • Programmatically configurable. Scala is the perfect language for describing configs
  • Position tracing implemented with macro instead of reflection considerably boosts the performance
  • Own performant logger backends for console and log files
  • Composable loggers to bring different loggers together with Monoid[Logger[F]]
  • Interop with SLF4J

Standing on the shoulders of cats-effect type classes, Odin abstracts away from concrete effect types, allowing users to decide what they feel comfortable with: IO, ZIO, monix.Task, ReaderT etc. The choice is yours.


Odin is published to Maven Central and cross-built for Scala 2.12 and 2.13. Add the following lines to your build:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-core",
  "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-json", //to enable JSON formatter if needed
  "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-extras" //to enable additional features if needed (see docs)
).map(_ % "0.13.0")


Using IOApp:

import cats.effect.{IO, IOApp}
import io.odin._

object Simple extends IOApp.Simple {

  val logger: Logger[IO] = consoleLogger()

  def run: IO[Unit] = {"Hello world")

Once application starts, it prints:

2019-11-25T22:00:51 [ioapp-compute-0] INFO - Hello world

Check out examples directory for more

Effects out of the box

Some time could be saved by using the effect-predefined variants of Odin. There are options for ZIO and Monix users:

libraryDependencies += "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-zio" % "0.13.0"
//or Monix
libraryDependencies += "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-monix" % "0.13.0"

Use corresponding import to get an access to the loggers:

import io.odin.zio._
import io.odin.monix._


Logger interface

Odin's logger interface looks like following:

trait Logger[F[_]] {
  def trace[M](msg: => M)(implicit render: Render[M], position: Position): F[Unit]

  def trace[M, E](msg: => M, t: E)(implicit render: Render[M], tt: ToThrowable[E], position: Position): F[Unit]

  def trace[M](msg: => M, ctx: Map[String, String])(implicit render: Render[M], position: Position): F[Unit]

  def trace[M, E](msg: => M, ctx: Map[String, String], t: E)(implicit render: Render[M], tt: ToThrowable[E], position: Position): F[Unit]

  //continues for each different log level

Each method returns F[Unit], so most of the time effects are suspended in the context of F[_].

It's important to keep in memory that effects like IO, ZIO, Task etc are lazily evaluated, therefore calling the logger methods isn't enough to emit the actual log. User has to to combine log operations with the rest of code using plead of options: for ... yield comprehension, flatMap/map or >>/*> operators from cats library.

Particularly interesting are the implicit arguments: Position, Render[M], and ToThrowable[E].

Position class carries the information about invocation site: owning enclosure, package name, current line. It's generated in compile-time using Scala macro, so cost of position tracing in runtime is close to zero.


Logger's methods are also polymorphic for messages. Users might log every type M that satisfies Record constraint:

  • It has implicit Render[M] instance that describes how to convert value of type M to String
  • Or it has implicit cats.Show[M] instance in scope

By default, Odin provides Render[String] instance out of the box as well as Render.fromToString method to construct instances by calling the standard method .toString on type M:

import io.odin.meta.Render

case class Log(s: String, i: Int)

object Log {
  implicit val render: Render[Log] = Render.fromToString

Console logger

The most common logger to use:

import io.odin._
import cats.effect.IO
import cats.effect.unsafe.IORuntime

//required for evaluation of IO later. IOApp provides it out of the box
implicit val ioRuntime: IORuntime =

val logger: Logger[IO] = consoleLogger[IO]()

Now to the call:

//doesn't print anything as the effect is suspended in IO"Hello?")
// res0: IO[Unit] = Map(
//   ioe = FlatMap(
//     ioe = IO(...),
//     f = io.odin.loggers.DefaultLogger$$Lambda$10493/1420441894@3f9a6e97,
//     event = cats.effect.tracing.TracingEvent$StackTrace
//   ),
//   f = cats.effect.IO$$Lambda$10494/3950838@2115afaa,
//   event = cats.effect.tracing.TracingEvent$StackTrace
// )

//prints "Hello world" to the STDOUT.
//Although, don't use `unsafeRunSync` in production unless you know what you're doing"Hello world").unsafeRunSync()
// 2021-09-18T18:52:09,672 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res1:62 - Hello world

All messages of level WARN and higher are routed to the STDERR while messages with level INFO and below go to the STDOUT.

consoleLogger has the following definition:

def consoleLogger[F[_]: Sync](
      formatter: Formatter = Formatter.default,
      minLevel: Level = Level.Trace
  ): Logger[F]

It's possible to configure minimal level of logs to print (TRACE by default) and formatter that's used to print it.


In Odin, formatters are responsible for rendering LoggerMessage data type into String. LoggerMessage carries the information about :

  • Level of the log
  • Context
  • Optional exception
  • Timestamp
  • Invocation position
  • Suspended message

Formatter's definition is straightforward:

trait Formatter {
  def format(msg: LoggerMessage): String

odin-core provides the Formatter.default and Formatter.colorful that prints information in a nicely structured manner:

("No context") *>"Some context", Map("key" -> "value"))).unsafeRunSync()
// 2021-09-18T18:52:09,704 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res2:68 - No context
// 2021-09-18T18:52:09,704 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res2:68 - Some context - key: value

The latter adds a bit of colors to the default formatter:

JSON Formatter

Library odin-json enables output of logs as newline-delimited JSON records:

import io.odin.json.Formatter

val jsonLogger = consoleLogger[IO](formatter = Formatter.json)

Now messages printed with this logger will be encoded as JSON string using circe:"This is JSON").unsafeRunSync()
// {"level":"INFO","message":"This is JSON","context":{},"exception":null,"position":"repl.MdocSession.App#res3:83","thread_name":"io-compute-0","timestamp":"2021-09-18T18:52:09,739"}

Customized formatter

Beside copy-pasting the existing formatter to adjust it for one's needs, it's possible to do the basic customization by relying on Formatter.create:

object Formatter {
  def create(throwableFormat: ThrowableFormat, positionFormat: PositionFormat, colorful: Boolean, printCtx: Boolean): Formatter
  • ThrowableFormat allows to tweak the rendering of exceptions, specifically indentation and stack depth.
  • PositionFormat allows to tweak the rendering of position.
  • colorful flag enables logs highlighting.
  • printCtx flag enables log context printer

Minimal level

It's possible to set minimal level for log messages to i.e. disable debug logs in production mode:

//either by constructing logger with specific parameter
val minLevelInfoLogger = consoleLogger[IO](minLevel = Level.Info)

//or modifying the existing one
val minLevelWarnLogger = logger.withMinimalLevel(Level.Warn)

Those lines won't print anything:

(minLevelInfoLogger.debug("Invisible") *>"Invisible too")).unsafeRunSync()

Performance wise, it'll cost only the allocation of F.unit value.

File logger

Another backend that Odin provides by default is the basic file logger:

def fileLogger[F[_]: Sync: Clock](
      fileName: String,
      formatter: Formatter = Formatter.default,
      minLevel: Level = Level.Trace,
      openOptions: Seq[OpenOption] = Seq.empty
  ): Resource[F, Logger[F]]

It's capable only of writing to the single file by path fileName. One particular detail is worth to mention here: return type. Odin tries to guarantee safe allocation and release of file resource. Because of that fileLogger returns Resource[F, Logger[F]] instead of Logger[F]:

val file = fileLogger[IO]("log.log")

file.use { logger =>"Hello file")
}.unsafeRunSync() //Mind that here file resource is free, all buffers are flushed and closed

Usual pattern here is to compose and allocate such resources during the start of your program and wrap execution of the logic inside of .use block.

The openOptions parameter allows overriding the default OpenOption parameters when creating a file. See java.nio.file.Files for details. The default behavior is to create a file or truncate if it exists.

In case if the directories in the file path do not exist in the file system, Odin will try to create them.

Important notice: this logger doesn't buffer and tries to flush to the file on each log due to the safety guarantees. Consider to use asyncFileLogger version with almost the same signature (except the Concurrent[F] constraint) to achieve the best performance.

Rolling file logger

Beside the basic file logger, Odin provides a rolling one to rollover log files. Rollover can be triggered by exceeding a configured log file size and/or timer, whichever happens first if set:

def rollingFileLogger[F[_]: Async](
      fileNamePattern: LocalDateTime => String,
      rolloverInterval: Option[FiniteDuration],
      maxFileSizeInBytes: Option[Long],
      formatter: Formatter = Formatter.default,
      minLevel: Level = Level.Trace
  ): Resource[F, Logger[F]]

Similar to the original file logger, rolling logger is also a Resource, but this time it also acquires a fiber that checks for rolling conditions each 100 milliseconds.

The fileNamePattern parameter is used each time new log file is created to generate a file name given current datetime. The easiest way to construct it is to use file interpolator from io.odin.config:

import io.odin.config._
import java.time.LocalDateTime

val fileNamePattern = file"/var/log/$year-$month-$day-$hour-$minute-$second.log"
// fileNamePattern: LocalDateTime => String = io.odin.config.package$FileNamePatternInterpolator$$$Lambda$10522/480906010@5e64f60b
val fileName = fileNamePattern(
// fileName: String = "/var/log/2021-09-18-18-52-09.log"

Interpolator placeholders used above are provided with io.odin.config package as well:

// res6: String = "2021"
// res7: String = "09"
// res8: String = "18"
// res9: String = "52"
// res10: String = "09"

All the placeholders are padded with 0 to contain at least two digits. It's also possible to include any string variable.

Important notice: just like the basic file logger, this logger doesn't buffer and tries to flush to the current file on each log due to the safety guarantees. Consider to use asyncRollingFileLogger version with almost the same signature to achieve the best performance.

Async logger

To achieve the best performance with Odin, it's best to use AsyncLogger with the combination of any other logger. It uses ConcurrentQueue[F] from Monix as the buffer that is asynchronously flushed each fixed time period.

Conversion of any logger into async one is straightforward:

import cats.effect.Resource
import io.odin.syntax._ //to enable additional implicit methods

val asyncLoggerResource: Resource[IO, Logger[IO]] = consoleLogger[IO]().withAsync()

Resource[F, Logger[F]] is used to properly initialize the log buffer and flush it on the release. Therefore, use of async logger shall be done inside of Resource.use block:

//queue will be flushed on release even if flushing timer didn't hit the mark yet
asyncLoggerResource.use(logger =>"Async info")).unsafeRunSync()
// 2021-09-18T18:52:09,933 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res11:166 - Async info

Package io.odin.syntax._ also pimps the Resource[F, Logger[F]] type with the same .withAsync method to use in combination with i.e. fileLogger. Actually, asyncFileLogger implemented exactly in this manner. The immediate gain is the acquire/release safety provided by Resource abstraction for combination of FileLogger and AsyncLogger, as well as controllable in-memory buffering for logs before they're flushed down the stream.

Definition of withAsync is following:

def withAsync(
        timeWindow: FiniteDuration = 1.millis,
        maxBufferSize: Option[Int] = None
    )(implicit F: Async[F]): Resource[F, Logger[F]]

Following parameters are configurable if default ones don't fit:

  • Time period between flushed, default is 1 millisecond
  • Maximum underlying buffer size, by default buffer is unbounded.

Class and enclosure routing

Users have an option to use different loggers for different classes, packages and even function enclosures. I.e. it could be applied to silence some particular class applying stricter minimal level requirements.

Class based routing works with the help of classOf function:

import io.odin.config._

case class Foo[F[_]](logger: Logger[F]) {
  def log: F[Unit] ="foo")

case class Bar[F[_]](logger: Logger[F]) {
  def log: F[Unit] ="bar")

val routerLogger: Logger[IO] =
      classOf[Foo[IO]] -> consoleLogger[IO]().withMinimalLevel(Level.Warn),
      classOf[Bar[IO]] -> consoleLogger[IO]().withMinimalLevel(Level.Info)

Method withNoopFallback defines that any message that doesn't match the router is nooped. Use withFallback(logger: Logger[F]) to route all non-matched messages to specific logger.

Enclosure based routing is more flexible but might be error-prone as well:

val enclosureLogger: Logger[IO] =
      "" -> consoleLogger[IO]().withMinimalLevel(Level.Warn),
      "" -> consoleLogger[IO]().withMinimalLevel(Level.Info),
      "io.odin" -> consoleLogger[IO]()

def zoo: IO[Unit] = enclosureLogger.debug("Debug")
def foo: IO[Unit] ="Never shown")
def bar: IO[Unit] = enclosureLogger.warn("Warning")

Routing is done based on the string matching with the greedy first match logic, hence the most specific routes should always appear on the top, otherwise they might be ignored.

Loggers composition

Odin defines Monoid[Logger[F]] instance to combine multiple loggers into a single one that broadcasts the logs to the underlying loggers:

import cats.syntax.all._

val combinedLogger: Resource[IO, Logger[IO]] = consoleLogger[IO]().withAsync() |+| fileLogger[IO]("log.log")

Example above demonstrates that it would work even for Resource based loggers. combinedLogger prints messages both to console and to log.log file.

Constant context

To append some predefined context to all the messages of the logger, use withConstContext syntax to construct such logger:

import io.odin.syntax._

    .withConstContext(Map("predefined" -> "context"))
    .info("Hello world").unsafeRunSync()
// 2021-09-18T18:52:09,977 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res12:230 - Hello world - predefined: context

Contextual effects

Some effects carry an extractable information that could be automatically injected as the context to each log message. An example is ReaderT[F[_], Env, A] monad, where value of type Env contains some additional information to log.

Odin allows to build a logger that extracts this information from effect and put it as the context:

import io.odin.loggers._

case class Env(ctx: Map[String, String])

object Env {
  //it's necessary to describe how to extract context from env
  implicit val hasContext: HasContext[Env] = new HasContext[Env] {
    def getContext(env: Env): Map[String, String] = env.ctx

type M[A] = ReaderT[IO, Env, A]

    .info("Hello world")
    .run(Env(Map("env" -> "ctx")))
// 2021-09-18T18:52:10,22 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res13:258 - Hello world - env: ctx

Odin automatically derives required type classes for each type F[_] that has Ask[F, E] defined, or in other words for all the types that allow F[A] => F[E].

If this constraint isn't satisfied, it's required to manually provide an instance for WithContext type class:

  * Resolve context stored in `F[_]` effect
trait WithContext[F[_]] {
  def context: F[Map[String, String]]

Secret Context

Sometimes it's necessary to hide sensitive information from the logs, would it be user identification data, passwords or anything else.

Odin can hash the values of predefined context keys to preserve the fact of information existence, but exact value becomes unknown:

import io.odin.syntax._

    .info("Hello, username", Map("password" -> "qwerty"))
    .unsafeRunSync() //rendered context contains first 6 symbols of SHA-1 hash of password
// 2021-09-18T18:52:10,30 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res14:271 - Hello, username - password: secret:b1b377

Contramap and filter

To modify or filter log messages before they're written, use corresponding combinators contramap and filter:

import io.odin.syntax._

    .contramap(msg => msg.copy(message = + " World")))
// 2021-09-18T18:52:10,34 [io-compute-1] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#res15:283 - Hello World

    .filter(msg => msg.message.value.size < 10)
    .info("Very long messages are discarded")


The closer look on the exception logging reveals that there is no requirement for an error to be an instance of Throwable:

def trace[M, E](msg: => M, t: E)(implicit render: Render[M], tt: ToThrowable[E], position: Position): F[Unit]

def trace[M](msg: => M, ctx: Map[String, String])(implicit render: Render[M], position: Position): F[Unit]

def trace[M, E](msg: => M, ctx: Map[String, String], t: E)(implicit render: Render[M], tt: ToThrowable[E], position: Position): F[Unit]

Given the implicit constraint ToThrowable it's possible to log any error of type E as far as it satisfies this constraint by providing an implicit instance of the following interface:

  * Type class that converts a value of type `E` into Throwable
trait ToThrowable[E] {
  def throwable(e: E): Throwable

Odin provides an instance of ToThrowable for each E <: Throwable out of the box. A good practice is to keep such implicits in the companion object of a corresponding type error type E.

Testing logger

One of the main benefits of a polymorphic Logger[F] interface that exposes F[Unit] methods is a simple way to test that the application correctly writes logs.

Since every operation represents a value instead of no-op side effect, it's possible to check those values in specs.

Odin provides a class WriterTLogger[F] out of the box to test logging using WriterT monad. Check out examples for more information.


The odin-extras module provides additional functionality: ConditionalLogger, Render derivation, etc.

  • Add following dependency to your build:
libraryDependencies += "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-extras" % "0.13.0"

Extras. Conditional logging

In some scenarios, it is necessary to have different logging levels depending on the result of the execution. For example, the default log level can be Info, but once an error is raised, previous messages with log level Debug will be logged as well.


import cats.effect.Async
import io.odin.Logger
import io.odin.extras.syntax._

case class User(id: String)

class UserService[F[_]](logger: Logger[F])(implicit F: Async[F]) {

  import cats.syntax.functor._
  import cats.syntax.flatMap._

  private val BadSuffix = "bad-user" 
  def findAndVerify(userId: String): F[Unit] = 
    logger.withErrorLevel(Level.Debug) { log => 
      for {
        _ <- log.debug(s"Looking for user by id [$userId]")
        user <- findUser(userId)
        _ <- log.debug(s"Found user $user")
        _ <- verify(user)
        _ <-"User found and verified $user")
      } yield ()

  private def findUser(userId: String): F[User] = 
  private def verify(user: User): F[Unit] = 
    F.whenA( {
      F.raiseError(new RuntimeException("Bad User"))


val service = new UserService[IO](consoleLogger[IO](minLevel = Level.Info))
// service: UserService[IO] = repl.MdocSession$App$UserService@28936e70

// 2021-09-18T18:52:10,68 [io-compute-0] INFO repl.MdocSession.App#UserService#findAndVerify:322 - User found and verified User(my-user-good-user)
// res17: Either[Throwable, Unit] = Right(value = ())
// 2021-09-18T18:52:10,73 [io-compute-1] DEBUG repl.MdocSession.App#UserService#findAndVerify:318 - Looking for user by id [bad-user]
// 2021-09-18T18:52:10,73 [io-compute-1] DEBUG repl.MdocSession.App#UserService#findAndVerify:320 - Found user User(my-user-bad-user)
// res18: Either[Throwable, Unit] = Left(
//   value = java.lang.RuntimeException: Bad User
// )

Extras. Derivation

io.odin.extras.derivation.render provides a Magnolia-based derivation of the Render type class. If you're on Scala 2, please make sure to have scala-reflect in your dependencies, for example using:

libraryDependencies += "org.scala-lang" % "scala-reflect" % scalaVersion.value

On Scala 3, Magnolia is based on scala.deriving.Mirror and hence doesn't need any additional dependency.

The derivation can be configured via annotations:

  • @rendered(includeMemberName = false)

The member names will be omitted:

@rendered(includeMemberName = false)
case class ApiConfig(uri: String, apiKey: String)
  • @hidden

Excludes an annotated member from the output:

case class ApiConfig(uri: String, @hidden apiKey: String)
  • @secret

Replaces the value of an annotated member with <secret> :

case class ApiConfig(uri: String, @secret apiKey: String)
  • @length

Shows only first N elements of the iterable. Works exclusively with subtypes of Iterable:

case class ApiConfig(uri: String, @hidden apiKey: String, @length(2) environments: List[String])


import io.odin.syntax._
import io.odin.extras.derivation._
import io.odin.extras.derivation.render._

case class ApiConfig(
  uri: String,
  @hidden apiKey: String,
  @secret apiSecret: String,
  @length(2) environments: List[String]

val config = ApiConfig("https://localhost:8080", "api-key", "api-secret", List("test", "dev", "pre-prod", "prod"))
// config: ApiConfig = ApiConfig(
//   uri = "https://localhost:8080",
//   apiKey = "api-key",
//   apiSecret = "api-secret",
//   environments = List("test", "dev", "pre-prod", "prod")
// )

println(render"API config $config")
// API config ApiConfig(uri = https://localhost:8080, apiSecret = <secret>, environments = List(test, dev)(2 more))

Please note that by differences of magnolia itself, the derivation on Scala 2 and Scala 3 might yield slightly different results. One known difference is that for Scala 3, value classes are currently not unwrapped as they're on Scala 2.

SLF4J Interop

SLF4J bridge

In case if some dependencies in the project use SL4J as a logging API, it's possible to provide Odin logger as a backend. It requires a two-step setup:

  • Add following dependency to your build:
libraryDependencies += "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-slf4j" % "0.13.0"
  • Create Scala class ExternalLogger somewhere in the project:
import cats.effect.{Sync, IO}
import cats.effect.std.Dispatcher
import io.odin._
import io.odin.slf4j.OdinLoggerBinder

//effect type should be specified inbefore
//log line will be recorded right after the call with no suspension
class ExternalLogger extends OdinLoggerBinder[IO] {

  implicit val F: Sync[IO] = IO.asyncForIO
  implicit val dispatcher: Dispatcher[IO] = Dispatcher[IO].allocated.unsafeRunSync()._1
  val loggers: PartialFunction[String, Logger[IO]] = {
    case "some.external.package.SpecificClass" =>
      consoleLogger[IO](minLevel = Level.Warn) //disable noisy external logs
    case _ => //if wildcard case isn't provided, default logger is no-op
  • Create class in the package org.slf4j.impl with the following content:
package org.slf4j.impl;

import io.odin.slf4j.ExternalLogger;

public class StaticLoggerBinder extends ExternalLogger {

    public static String REQUESTED_API_VERSION = "1.7";

    private static final StaticLoggerBinder _instance = new StaticLoggerBinder();

    public static StaticLoggerBinder getSingleton() {
        return _instance;


Latter is required for SL4J API to load it in runtime and use as a binder for LoggerFactory. All the logic is encapsulated in ExternalLogger class, so the Java part here is required only for bootstrapping.
Partial function is used as a factory router to load correct logger backend. On undefined case the no-op logger is provided by default, so no logs are recorded.

This bridge doesn't support MDC.

SLF4J Logger backend

Since v0.13 It's possible to use SLF4J-compatible logger as the backend for Odin's Logger[F].

  • Add following dependency to your build:
libraryDependencies += "com.github.valskalla" %% "odin-slf4j" % "0.13.0"
  • Construct Odin logger based on SLF4J:
import cats.effect.IO
import io.odin._
import io.odin.slf4j.Slf4jLogger
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory

//feel free to load any logger that suits you
val logger: Logger[IO] = Slf4jLogger[IO](logger = LoggerFactory.getLogger("OdinSlf4jLogger"))
// logger: Logger[IO] = io.odin.slf4j.Slf4jLogger@28d61470"Hello world").unsafeRunSync()


Odin is one of the fastest JVM tracing loggers in the wild. By relying on Scala macro machinery instead of stack trace inspection for deriving callee enclosure and line number, Odin achieves quite impressive throughput numbers comparing with existing mature solutions.

Following benchmark results reflect comparison of:

  • log4j file loggers with enabled tracing
  • Odin file loggers
  • scribe file loggers

Lower number is better:

-- log4j
[info] Benchmark                 Mode  Cnt      Score      Error  Units
[info] Log4jBenchmark.asyncMsg   avgt   25  23316.067 ± 1179.658  ns/op
[info] Log4jBenchmark.msg        avgt   25  12421.523 ± 1773.842  ns/op
[info] Log4jBenchmark.tracedMsg  avgt   25  24754.219 ± 4001.198  ns/op

-- odin sync
[info] Benchmark                             Mode  Cnt      Score     Error  Units
[info] FileLoggerBenchmarks.msg              avgt   25   6264.891 ± 510.206  ns/op
[info] FileLoggerBenchmarks.msgAndCtx        avgt   25   5903.032 ± 243.277  ns/op
[info] FileLoggerBenchmarks.msgCtxThrowable  avgt   25  11868.172 ± 275.807  ns/op

-- odin async
[info] Benchmark                             Mode  Cnt    Score     Error  Units
[info] AsyncLoggerBenchmark.msg              avgt   25  532.986 ± 126.094  ns/op
[info] AsyncLoggerBenchmark.msgAndCtx        avgt   25  477.833 ±  87.207  ns/op
[info] AsyncLoggerBenchmark.msgCtxThrowable  avgt   25  292.481 ±  34.979  ns/op

-- scribe
[info] Benchmark                    Mode  Cnt     Score    Error  Units
[info] ScribeBenchmark.asyncMsg     avgt   25   124.507 ± 35.444  ns/op
[info] ScribeBenchmark.asyncMsgCtx  avgt   25   122.867 ±  6.833  ns/op
[info] ScribeBenchmark.msg          avgt   25  1105.457 ± 77.251  ns/op
[info] ScribeBenchmark.msgAndCtx    avgt   25  1235.908 ± 21.112  ns/op

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018)
2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3

Odin outperforms log4j by the order of magnitude, although scribe does it even better. Mind that due to safety guarantees default file logger in Odin is flushed after each record, so it's recommended to use it in combination with async logger to achieve the maximum performance.



Feel free to open an issue, submit a Pull Request or ask in the Gitter channel. We strive to provide a welcoming environment for everyone with good intentions.

Also, don't hesitate to give it a star and spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Odin is maintained by Sergey Kolbasov and Aki Huttunen.


  • scribe logging framework as a source of performance optimizations and inspiration
  • sourcecode is the library for position tracing in compile-time
  • cats-effect as a repository of all the nice type classes to describe effects
  • sbt-ci-release for the smooth experience with central Maven releases from CI


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