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Viewing Logs

Writing to the logs in an Expo app works just like in the browser: use console.log, console.warn and console.error. Note: we don't currently support console.table outside of remote debugging mode.

When you open an app that is being served from Expo CLI, the app will send logs over to the server and make them conveniently available to you. This means that you don't need to even have your device connected to your computer to see the logs -- in fact, if someone opens the app from the other side of the world you can still see your app's logs from their device.

If you use our command line tool Expo CLI, bundler logs and app logs will both automatically stream as long as your project is running. To stop your project (and end the logs stream), terminate the process with ctrl+C.

When you start a project with Expo CLI, it also opens Expo Dev Tools in your browser. Expo Dev Tools allows you to display many log windows side by side and to choose which logs to view from bundler logs and app logs from each connected device.

While it's usually not necessary, if you want to see logs for everything happening on your device, even the logs from other apps and the OS itself, you can use one of the following approaches.

  • In simulator, press ⌘ + /, or go to Debug -> Open System Log -- both of these open a log window that displays all of the logs from your device, including the logs from your Expo app.

  • Run instruments -s devices
  • Find the device / OS version that the simulator you are using, eg: iPhone 6s (9.2) [5083E2F9-29B4-421C-BDB5-893952F2B780]
  • The part in the brackets at the end is the device code, so you can now do this: tail -f ~/Library/Logs/CoreSimulator/DEVICE_CODE/system.log, eg: tail -f ~/Library/Logs/CoreSimulator/5083E2F9-29B4-421C-BDB5-893952F2B780/system.log

  • brew install libimobiledevice
  • Plug your phone in
  • idevicepair pair
  • Press accept on your device
  • Run idevicesyslog