user2315985 user2315985 - 11 months ago 150
C# Question

Need to log webapi 2 request and response body to a database

I am using Microsoft WebApi2 hosted on IIS. I very simply would like to log the request body (xml or json) and the response body for each post.

There is nothing special about this project or the controller processing the post. I am not interested in using logging frameworks like nLog, elmah, log4net, or the built in tracing features of webapi unless it is necessary to do so.

I am simply wanting to know where to put my logging code and how to get the actual json or xml from the incoming and outgoing request and response.

My controller post method:

public HttpResponseMessage Post([FromBody])Employee employee)
if (ModelState.IsValid)
// insert employee into to database


Answer Source

I would recommend using a DelegatingHandler. Then you will not need to worry about any logging code in your controllers.

public class LogRequestAndResponseHandler : DelegatingHandler
    protected override async Task<HttpResponseMessage> SendAsync(
        HttpRequestMessage request, CancellationToken cancellationToken)
        // log request body
        string requestBody = await request.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();

        // let other handlers process the request
        var result = await base.SendAsync(request, cancellationToken);

        if (result.Content != null)
            // once response body is ready, log it
            var responseBody = await result.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();

        return result;

Just replace Trace.WriteLine with your logging code and register the handler in WebApiConfig like this:

config.MessageHandlers.Add(new LogRequestAndResponseHandler());