Since sys.exc_clear() has been dropped in Python 3, there is currently no way to avoid multiple tracebacks in your log files if using structlog together with Twisted on Python 3.

Concrete Bound Logger

To make structlog’s behavior less magicy, it ships with a Twisted-specific wrapper class that has an explicit API instead of improvising: structlog.twisted.BoundLogger. It behaves exactly like the generic structlog.BoundLogger except:

  • it’s slightly faster due to less overhead,
  • has an explicit API (msg() and err()),
  • hence causing less cryptic error messages if you get method names wrong.

In order to avoid that structlog disturbs your CamelCase harmony, it comes with an alias for structlog.get_logger() called structlog.getLogger().


structlog comes with two Twisted-specific processors:


This is useful if you have an existing Twisted application and just want to wrap your loggers for now. It takes care of transforming your event dictionary into something twisted.python.log.err can digest.

For example:

def onError(fail):
   failure = fail.trap(MoonExploded)
   log.err(failure, _why='event-that-happend')

will still work as expected.

Needs to be put at the end of the processing chain. It formats the event using a renderer that needs to be passed into the constructor:


The drawback of this approach is that Twisted will format your exceptions as multi-line log entries which is painful to parse. Therefore structlog comes with:

Goes a step further and circumvents Twisted logger’s Exception/Failure handling and renders it itself as JSON strings. That gives you regular and simple-to-parse single-line JSON log entries no matter what happens.

Bending Foreign Logging To Your Will

structlog comes with a wrapper for Twisted’s log observers to ensure the rest of your logs are in JSON too: JSONLogObserverWrapper().

What it does is determining whether a log entry has been formatted by JSONRenderer and if not, converts the log entry to JSON with event being the log message and putting Twisted’s system into a second key.

So for example:

2013-09-15 22:02:18+0200 [-] Log opened.


2013-09-15 22:02:18+0200 [-] {"event": "Log opened.", "system": "-"}

There is obviously some redundancy here. Also, I’m presuming that if you write out JSON logs, you’re going to let something else parse them which makes the human-readable date entries more trouble than they’re worth.

To get a clean log without timestamps and additional system fields ([-]), structlog comes with PlainFileLogObserver that writes only the plain message to a file and plainJSONStdOutLogger() that composes it with the aforementioned JSONLogObserverWrapper() and gives you a pure JSON log without any timestamps or other noise straight to standard out:

$ twistd -n --logger structlog.twisted.plainJSONStdOutLogger web
{"event": "Log opened.", "system": "-"}
{"event": "twistd 13.1.0 (python 2.7.3) starting up.", "system": "-"}
{"event": "reactor class: twisted...EPollReactor.", "system": "-"}
{"event": "Site starting on 8080", "system": "-"}
{"event": "Starting factory <twisted.web.server.Site ...>", ...}

Suggested Configuration

import structlog


See also Logging Best Practices.