Vov4yk Vov4yk - 2 months ago 3x
iOS Question

How to NSLog into a file

Is it possible to write every

not only into console, but into a file too? I want to prepare this without replacing

It will be real problem to replace all
. Maybe there is possibility for parsing data from console or catching messages?


Option 1: Use ASL

NSLog outputs log to ASL (Apple's version of syslog) and console, meaning it is already writing to a file in your Mac when you use the iPhone simulator. If you want to read it open the application Console.app, and type the name of your application in the filter field. To do the same in your iPhone device, you would need to use the ASL API and do some coding.

Option 2: write to a file

Let's say you are running on the simulator and you don't want to use the Console.app. You can redirect the error stream to a file of your liking using freopen:
freopen([path cStringUsingEncoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding], "a+", stderr);
See this explanation and sample project for details.

Or you can override NSLog with a custom function using a macro. Example, add this class to your project:

// file Log.h
#define NSLog(args...) _Log(@"DEBUG ", __FILE__,__LINE__,__PRETTY_FUNCTION__,args);
@interface Log : NSObject
void _Log(NSString *prefix, const char *file, int lineNumber, const char *funcName, NSString *format,...);

// file Log.m
#import "Log.h"
@implementation Log
void _Log(NSString *prefix, const char *file, int lineNumber, const char *funcName, NSString *format,...) {
    va_list ap;
    va_start (ap, format);
    format = [format stringByAppendingString:@"\n"];
    NSString *msg = [[NSString alloc] initWithFormat:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@",format] arguments:ap];   
    va_end (ap);
    fprintf(stderr,"%s%50s:%3d - %s",[prefix UTF8String], funcName, lineNumber, [msg UTF8String]);
    [msg release];

And import it project wide adding the following to your <application>-Prefix.pch:

#import "Log.h"

Now every call to NSLog will be replaced with your custom function without the need to touch your existing code. However, the function above is only printing to console. To add file output, add this function above _Log:

void append(NSString *msg){
    // get path to Documents/somefile.txt
    NSArray *paths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES);
    NSString *documentsDirectory = [paths objectAtIndex:0];
    NSString *path = [documentsDirectory stringByAppendingPathComponent:@"logfile.txt"];
    // create if needed
    if (![[NSFileManager defaultManager] fileExistsAtPath:path]){
        fprintf(stderr,"Creating file at %s",[path UTF8String]);
        [[NSData data] writeToFile:path atomically:YES];
    // append
    NSFileHandle *handle = [NSFileHandle fileHandleForWritingAtPath:path];
    [handle truncateFileAtOffset:[handle seekToEndOfFile]];
    [handle writeData:[msg dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding]];
    [handle closeFile];

and add this line below fprintf in the _Log function:


File writing also works in your iPhone device, but the file will be created in a directory inside it, and you won't be able to access unless you add code to send it back to your mac, or show it on a view inside your app, or use iTunes to add the documents directory.