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Send data via log4net to your Logstash instance provided by Logit.io

log4net

Ship logs from your .NET application to logstash

Step 1 - InstallCopy

Installing log4net and Logit appender.

Install-Package log4net
Install-Package log4net.Logit

Step 2 - Configuring log4netCopy

Configuring log4net can be done in your application app.config or web.config or specific log4net configuration file.

<appender name="LogitAppender" type="log4net.Logit.LogitAppender, log4net.Logit">
<apikey value="your-api-key" />
<layout type="log4net.Layout.PatternLayout">
    <conversionpattern value="%property{log4net:HostName} %-5p %d %5rms %-22.22c{1} %-18.18M - %m%n" />
</layout>
</appender>

<root>
    <level value="ALL" />
    <appender-ref ref="LogitAppender" />
</root>

log4net is a fully featured logging framework and has many other capabilities that are not detailed here, please see the log4net Documentation for more information.

Step 3 - Log4Net Logger OverviewCopy

Log4net is a logging platform & framework for .NET that uses hierarchical logging. This allows users to selectively control which log messages are sent to a particular output target so as to not overwhelm the system.

Log4net is often mentioned in association with Serilog & NLog as all three provide frameworks suitable for shipping data from .Net to an external log management service.

This framework is built to prioritise speed and flexibility for the user and also features fail-stop & thread-safe functionality.

As of April of this year, the project is regarded as dormant due to the lack of active users performing code reviews, committing new code or launching new releases of Log4net.

While Log4net itself is a logging framework, it also creates internal logs of its own that users find tedious to reliably troubleshoot without the use of a tool like Hosted Logstash.

The Logit platform is home to both a Log4net & .NET log file analyzer built on Hosted Logstash, Elasticsearch & Kibana to make centralising your data & setting up alerts to monitor your applications easy.

If you need any assistance with analysing your internal Log4net or .NET logs we're here to help. Feel free to reach out by contacting us via live chat & we'll be happy to help you get started with analysing your data.

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