Welcome to NLog

NLog is a free logging platform for .NET, Silverlight and Windows Phone with rich log routing and management capabilities. NLog makes it easy to produce and manage high-quality logs for your application regardless of its size or complexity.

NLog can process diagnostic messages emitted from any .NET language (C#, VB.NET etc.), augment them with contextual information (date and time, severity, thread, process, environment), format according to your preferences and send to one or more targets.


Easy to configure

NLog is very easy to configure, both through configuration file and programmatically. Even without restarting the application, the configuration can be changed.


Every log message can be templated with various layout renders


Even though NLog has targets and pre-defined layouts, you can write custom targets or pass custom values


Targets are used to display, store or pass log messages to another destination. NLog can dynamically write to one of multiple targets for each log message.

There are more than 30 targets provided out-of the box, including:


Write logs to any number of files, with automatic file naming and archival. NLog won't lock your files by default.

Event Log

Write to event log local or remote


Store your logs in databases supported by .NET


Write real-time to the command-line console including color coding of messages


You can send emails whenever application errors occur

ASP.NET trace

Write log messages to the built in trace in ASP.NET

There are also wrapper targets which provide buffering, load balacing, failover situations, asynchronous writing and many more scenarios. The full list of targets is available on the wiki. If you didn't find the target to fit your needs, you can easily write a custom one.


NLog has cross-platform support: .NET Framework (3.5, 4 and 4.5), Silverlight (4 and 5) and Mono.


The source code is available under the terms of BSD license.