Latest 3.1.1
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Platforms ios 9.0, osx 10.11, requires ARC
Dependencies CocoaLumberjack
Frameworks Foundation

Build Status

Use to bootstrap the (excellent) CocoaLumberjack logging framework and add additional functionality such as Custom Loggers, log archiving, crash stack traces, and more.


If you’re using CocoPods it’s as simple as adding this to your Podfile:

pod 'Sprout', '~> 3.1'

Sprout makes use of some preprocessor defines to configure the logging level and some functionality. These preprocessor definitions need to be added to the Pods target for Sprout, as opposed to your own project build settings, because the Pods library gets compiled without being exposed to your project build settings. To do this, you can add a post_install hook to your Podfile (as seen below).

  • DEBUG=1 If defined, this sets the default logging level to be verbose (ddLogLevel = DDLogLevelVerbose) and enables the TTY (console) logger,
    otherwise the default is the warning level (ddLogLevel = DDLogLevelWarning) and no TTY logger.
  • SPROUT_LOG_LEVEL can be used to override the default log level. Define SPROUT_LOG_LEVEL to whatever log level is appropriate for your configuration. See the Log Levels section below.
  • SPROUT_DISABLE_DYNAMIC_LOG_LEVEL=1 By default, Sprout supports CocoaLumberjack’s dynamic log level usage by declaring ddLogLevel as const (static const int ddLogLevel). If you don’t need dynamic log level support, and would like the extra speed disabling it will provide, you can disable this by defining SPROUT_DISABLE_DYNAMIC_LOG_LEVEL=1

Podfile post_install

Here’s an example post_install hook which adds the DEBUG and SPROUT_DISABLE_DYNAMIC_LOG_LEVEL preprocessor definitions to the Pods-Sprout target of the Pods project. Note DEBUG is not added to the Release configuration.
This also overrides the default log level by setting SPROUT_LOG_LEVEL to a different log level for Release vs. other Schemes.

    post_install do |installer_representation|

      # Grab the `project` object from the installer (cocoapods < 0.38 use `project`, cocoapods >= 0.38 use pods_project)
      # See
      if installer_representation.respond_to?(:project)
        project = installer_representation.project
        project = installer_representation.pods_project

      # Set our default log levels
      sprout = ( { |target| == 'Sprout' }).first
      if sprout
        sprout.build_configurations.each do |config|
          config.build_settings['GCC_PREPROCESSOR_DEFINITIONS'] ||= ['$(inherited)']
          if == 'Release'
            config.build_settings['GCC_PREPROCESSOR_DEFINITIONS'] << 'SPROUT_LOG_LEVEL=DDLogLevelWarning'
            config.build_settings['GCC_PREPROCESSOR_DEFINITIONS'] << 'SPROUT_LOG_LEVEL=DDLogLevelVerbose'
            if !config.build_settings['GCC_PREPROCESSOR_DEFINITIONS'].include? 'DEBUG=1'
              config.build_settings['GCC_PREPROCESSOR_DEFINITIONS'] << 'DEBUG=1'



In the simplest case, setup is just:

  • Add <Sprout/Sprout.h> to your precompiled header (or import it directly wherever you use it):

    #ifdef __OBJC__
    #import <Foundation/Foundation.h>
    //Third Party
    #import <Sprout/Sprout.h>
  • For iOS, start Logging in your application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: UIApplicationDelegate

    - (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
        //Initialize logging
        [[Sprout sharedInstance] startLogging];
  • For MacOS, start Logging in your applicationWillFinishLaunching: NSApplicationDelegate

    - (void)applicationWillFinishLaunching:(NSNotification *)notification
        //Initialize logging
        [[Sprout sharedInstance] startLogging];
  • Define DEBUG
    In your Preprocessor Macros target build settings, define DEBUG=1 (this may not be needed, as it is a default setting in later Xcode project templates).

  • Run!

After the above setup, you should be able to run and see:

    CocoaLumberjack loggers initialized!

appear in your console.

Log Levels

By default, Sprout allows the use of dynamic log levels, meaning setLogLevel: can be sent at runtime to set the desired log level. This comes with a slight performance hit for log entries, and can be disabled by defining SPROUT_DISABLE_DYNAMIC_LOG_LEVEL=1. If disabled, the log level will be static and can only be set at compile time.

The log level defaults to DDLogLevelVerbose if DEBUG is defined and set to a non-zero value. If DEBUG is not defined (or set to zero) the log level defaults to DDLogLevelWarning.

The default log level can be overridden by defining SPROUT_LOG_LEVEL and setting it to the desired log level.

NOTE: If you’re using Sprout with CocoaPods, simply defining this in your precompiled header or project build settings will not have the desired affect, since Sprout is compiled into the Pods library before these are traversed by the pre-compiler. So you will need to define SPROUT_LOG_LEVEL in the Podfile post_install hook.

See the Podfile post_install section above for an example post_install hook which does this.

Default Loggers

Sprout has default loggers which will be installed under certain circumstances.

  • A file logger (DDFileLogger) will always be installed. This logger has 24 hour rolling and maximum seven log files.
  • A TTY logger (DDTTYLogger) will be installed if DEBUG=1 is true.

You can override which loggers get installed by supplying a loggersBlock and returning the loggers you desire before calling startLogging. i.e. you can add additional loggers, or remove (some of) the default loggers passed to the block.

Additionally, you can use addLogger:, addLogger:withLogLevel:, removeLogger:, and removeAllLoggers after the call to startLoggers to modify which loggers are installed.

Custom Log Formatter

Sprout comes with SproutCustomLogFormatter which outputs two lines for every log entry. For example:

    2014-05-20 16:06:45:602         <60b> startLogging(Sprout.m 164)
    2014-05-20 16:06:45:602  [INfO] CocoaLumberjack loggers initialized!
  • The first line specifies the thread (<60b>), the function (startLogging), the file (Sprout.m) and line number within the file (164).
  • The second line is the actual log message (CocoaLumberjack loggers initialized!), prefixed by the log level ([INfO]) of the message.

Both lines are prefixed by a date/time stamp (2014-05-20 16:06:45:602).

If you wish to supply your own log formatter you can provide a logFormatterBlock which will be used to obtain a DDLogFormatter to use for each logger. The block must be set before calling startLogging.

Crashlytics Usage

Crashlytics logging is supported by Sprout.

Sadly, using Cocoapods to automatically manage this dependency is not presently possible when use_frameworks! is specified. This is due to Crashlytics being provided as a static library (see this thread).

However, you can manually add support for logging to Crashlytics by making use of the
CrashlyticsLogger implementation provided. You’ll need to include CrashlyticsLogger.h/m directly in your project and add it to Sprout before calling startLogging

NOTE: You should initialize Crashlytics (call [Fabric with:@[Crashlytics.class]]) inside Sprout startLogging: block handler.


[Sprout sharedInstance].loggersBlock = ^NSSet<id<DDLogger>> *(NSSet<id<DDLogger>> *defaultLoggers) {
    NSMutableSet *retVal = [NSMutableSet setWithSet:defaultLoggers];
    [retVal addObject:[CrashlyticsLogger sharedInstance]];
    return retVal;

[[Sprout sharedInstance] startLogging:^{
    [Fabric with:@[Crashlytics.class]]
    [[Sprout sharedInstance] logAppAndDeviceInfo];

App Center Usage

App Center logging is supported by Sprout.

You can manually add support for logging to App Center by making use of the
AppCenterLogger implementation provided. You’ll need to include AppCenterLogger.h/m directly in your project and add it to Sprout before calling startLogging


[Sprout sharedInstance].loggersBlock = ^NSSet<id<DDLogger>> *(NSSet<id<DDLogger>> *defaultLoggers) {
    NSMutableSet *retVal = [NSMutableSet setWithSet:defaultLoggers];
    [retVal addObject:[AppCenterLogger sharedInstance]];
    return retVal;

[[Sprout sharedInstance] startLogging:^{
    [[Sprout sharedInstance] logAppAndDeviceInfo];


This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Please see the included LICENSE.txt for complete details.


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Latest podspec

    "name": "Sprout",
    "version": "3.1.1",
    "summary": "Bootstrap the CocoaLumberjack logging framework.",
    "description": "Bootstrap the CocoaLumberjack logging framework and add additional functionality such as Custom Loggers, log archiving, crash stack traces, and more.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": "Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License",
    "authors": {
        "Levi Brown": "[email protected]"
    "social_media_url": "",
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "3.1.1"
    "requires_arc": true,
    "source_files": "Sprout/*.{h,m}",
    "public_header_files": "Sprout/*.h",
    "frameworks": "Foundation",
    "dependencies": {
        "CocoaLumberjack": [
            "~> 3.5"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "9.0",
        "osx": "10.11"

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