13.1 Logging and Trace

Haxe provides developers with a powerful logging/trace system. Simply call trace within functions:

trace("Hello world!");

In most Haxe targets trace will be printed to stdout. JavaScript uses console.log. Each trace is displayed with the filename and line number information where the trace occurred:

Test.hx:11: Hello world!

To trace without the default position information haxe.Log.trace(msg, null) can be used.

Custom trace

The trace can have a custom output by changing the Log.trace method where all trace calls are redirected.

class Main {
  static function main() {
    haxe.Log.trace = function(v:Dynamic, ?infos:haxe.PosInfos) {
      // custom trace function here
    trace("hello", "warning", 123);

The v argument is the first parameter of the trace call. It can be a String or any other value. The optional infos argument contains the extra position parameter, see below.

The infos.customParams array contains all extra arguments that were given to the original trace. If no extra parameters are passed, it will be null.

As illustration, the previous example will be compiled as if it was calling the following:

haxe.Log.trace("hello", {
    fileName : "Test.hx", 
    lineNumber : 6, 
    className : "Test", 
    methodName : "main", 
    customParams : ["warning",123]
Removing traces

You can simply remove all trace information by compiling your project with the --no-traces argument. This will remove all trace calls as if they were not present in the program.