Logging in Go

Go programs on Fuchsia generally use the syslog package and its syslog.Infof() functions.

See the language agnostic logging docs for more information about recording and viewing logs.


GN dependencies

The necessary packages can be included with an addition to deps in BUILD.gn:

deps = [

See Go: Overview for more information about building Go within Fuchsia.

Component manifest dependency

Ensure that your component has the required capabilities to log by including the following in your component manifest:

  include: [

The syslog library will fallback to stderr if the LogSink connection fails.


Initializing without any tags will default to using the process name.

import (
    syslog "go.fuchsia.dev/fuchsia/src/lib/syslog/go"

func main() {
  ctx := component.NewContextFromStartupInfo()
    // Global tags, max 4 tags can be passed. Every log message is tagged with these.
    l, err := syslog.NewLoggerWithDefaults(ctx.Connector(), "my_tag")
    if err != nil {

Recording messages

The log methods have two variants: Levelf and LevelTf (e.g. Infof and InfoTf). The variant of each method with a T accepts an additional tag for the message.

syslog.Infof("my msg: %d", 10);          // maps to INFO

// Allow message specific tagging. This message is going to be tagged with
// this local tag and any global tag passed during initialization.
syslog.InfoTf("tag", "my msg: %d", 10);

syslog.Warnf("my msg: %d", 10);          // maps to WARN
syslog.WarnTf("tag", "my msg: %d", 10);

syslog.Errorf("my msg: %d", 10);         // maps to ERROR
syslog.ErrorTf("tag", "my msg: %d", 10);

syslog.Fatalf("my msg: %d", 10);         // maps to FATAL
syslog.FatalTf("tag", "my msg: %d", 10);

Standard streams

fmt.Printf(), fmt.Sprintf() etc. go to standard out (stdout) and standard error (stderr).

See stdout & stderr in the language-agnostic logging docs for details on the routing of stdio streams in the system.