Latest 1.2
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, requires ARC
Dependencies AWSS3

SimpleLogger is an easy to use log file generator for iOS that uploads to Amazon S3.



SimpleLogger works on iOS 8+ and requires ARC to build. It depends on the following Apple Frameworks which should already be included with Xcode:

  • Foundation.framework
  • AWSS3

Adding SimpleLogger to your project


CocoaPods is the recommended way to add SimpleLogger to your project.

  1. Add a pod entry for SimpleLogger to your Podfile pod 'SimpleLogger', '~-> 1.0.0'
  2. Install the pod(s) by running pod install.
  3. Include SimpleLogger wherever you need it with #import "SimpleLogger.h".

Source files

You can directly add the contents of the SimpleLogger folder to your project. It contains SimpleLogger.h/m as well as a category for date helpers and a header for the defaults. You will need to link to the AWSS3 framework provided by Amazon for this to work. Cocoapods will automatically include it.


Local Logging

If you only want to log the files out locally you can just dive right in with the log event method:

[SimpleLogger addLogEvent:@"Log some event to today's file."];

This will create a file with the current date in the documents directory using the default date/time formatting.
[2017-8-14 10:10:10] Log some event to today's file.

Advanced Setup

You can customize many of the logging formats and settings:

// number of days of log files are retained by the logger (default 7)
[[SimpleLogger sharedLogger] setRetentionDays:7];

// log event formatter date format
[[[SimpleLogger sharedLogger] logFormatter] setDateFormat:@"yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss"];

// file name date format
// be sure to set this one before writing your first log event to avoid duplicate files for same day
[[SimpleLogger sharedLogger] setFilenameFormatter:yourDateFormatter];

// filename extension
[[SimpleLogger sharedLogger] setFilenameExtension:@"log"];

// folder location inside your AWSS3 bucket
[[SimpleLogger sharedLogger] setFolderLocation:@"Your/Folder/Location"];

Upload Logs to Amazon

You must initialize SimpleLogger with the correct Amazon AWS S3 credentials and bucket to upload your log files. If you plan to upload, call the initializer early enough in your app to let the Amazon library to initialize and be ready for upload. We recommend during app startup in the AppDelegate.

[SimpleLogger initWithAWSRegion:AWSRegionUSEast1 bucket:@"my-bucket-name" accessToken:@"MYAMAZONACCESSTOKEN" secret:@"MYAMAZONSECRET"];

You should NOT manually set the variables even though it is possible. Use the initializer method to validate your values and pass them to AWSS3 to avoid crashing your application.

iOS 9 users need to support App Transport Security (ATS). To prevent uploads from failing, add the following keys to your Info.plist.



This code is distributed under the terms and conditions of the MIT license.


This library was written by Bill Burgess, Co-Founder and iOS/Mac Developer for Simply Made Apps.


You can find the Android companion library at SimpleLogger-Android.

Latest podspec

    "name": "SimpleLogger",
    "version": "1.2",
    "summary": "SimpleLogger is an easy to use log file generator for iOS that uploads to Amazon S3.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": "MIT",
    "authors": {
        "Bill Burgess": "[email protected]"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.2"
    "source_files": "SimpleLogger/*.{h,m}",
    "requires_arc": true,
    "dependencies": {
        "AWSS3": []

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