Step 1 - Install

Installing Serilog You will need to add the Serilog and Serilog.Sinks.Network packages. This guide will also use appSettings to configure Serilog.

Install-Package Serilog
Install-Package Serilog.Sinks.Network
Install-Package Serilog.Settings.AppSettings
Step 2 - Configuring Serilog

Add AppSettings to your app.config or web.config.

<configuration>
    <appSettings>
        <!-- Level of logging -->
        <add key="serilog:minimum-level" value="Verbose" />
        <!-- Use the TCP Network sink -->
        <add key="serilog:using:TCPSink" value="Serilog.Sinks.Network" />
        <!-- Your logstash configuration -->
        <add key="serilog:write-to:TCPSink.uri" value="tls://your-logstash-host:your-port" />            
    </appSettings>
</configuration>

The serilog:write-to:TCPSink.uri value must be in the format "protocol://domain:port".

Step 3 - Using Serilog

Create a statically accessible Logger configured from AppSettings.

Log.Logger = new LoggerConfiguration()
    .ReadFrom.AppSettings()
    .CreateLogger();

You can now log from anywhere in your application.

Log.Information("The global logger has been configured");

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

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