debugging

Debugging

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Logging

Video.js includes a lightweight wrapper - videojs.log - around a subset of the console API. The available methods are videojs.log, videojs.log.warn, and videojs.log.error.

API Overview

Most of these methods should be fairly self-explanatory, but for complete details, see the API docs.

Method Alias Of Matching Level(s)
videojs.log() console.log all
videojs.log.warn() console.warn all, warn
videojs.log.error() console.error all, warn, error
videojs.log.level() n/a n/a
videojs.log.history() n/a n/a
videojs.log.history.clear() n/a n/a
videojs.log.history.disable() n/a n/a
videojs.log.history.enable() n/a n/a

For descriptions of these features, please refer to the sections below.

Log Safely

Unlike the console, it's safe to leave videojs.log calls in your code. They won't throw errors when the console doesn't exist.

Log Objects Usefully

Similar to the console, any number of mixed-type values can be passed to videojs.log methods:

videojs.log('this is a string', {butThis: 'is an object'});

However, certain browser consoles (namely, IE10 and lower) do not support non-string values. Video.js improves on this situation by passing objects through JSON.stringify before logging them in IE10 and below. In other words, instead of the above producing this:

VIDEOJS: this is a string [object Object]

it will produce this:

VIDEOJS: this is a string {"butThis": "is an object"}

Log Levels

Unlike the console, videojs.log includes the concept of logging levels. These levels toggle logging methods on or off.

Levels are exposed through the videojs.log.level method. This method acts as both a getter and setter for the current logging level. With no arguments, it returns the current logging level:

videojs.log.level(); // "all"

By passing a string, the logging level can be changed to one of the available logging levels:

videojs.log.level('error'); // show only error messages and suppress others
videojs.log('foo'); // does nothing
videojs.log.warn('foo'); // does nothing
videojs.log.error('foo'); // logs "foo" as an error

Available Log Levels

  • all (default): enables all logging methods
  • error: only show log.error messages
  • off: disable all logging methods
  • warn: only show log.warn and log.error messages

History

Note: In Video.js 5, videojs.log.history was an array. As of Video.js 6, it is a function which returns an array. This change was made to provide a richer, safer logging history API.

By default, the videojs.log module tracks a history of everything passed to it regardless of logging level:

videojs.log.history(); // an array of everything that's been logged up to now

This will work even when logging is set to off.

This can be useful, but it can also be a source of memory leaks. For example, logged objects will be retained in history even if references are removed everywhere else!

To avoid this problem, history can be disabled or enabled via method calls (using the disable and enable methods respectively). Disabling history is as easy as:

videojs.log.history.disable();

Finally, the history (if enabled) can be cleared at any time via:

videojs.log.history.clear();