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Adding Serilog Logging to a .NET MAUI App

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Logging is a crucial aspect of app development, helping developers track, diagnose, and resolve issues efficiently. In this tutorial, we will explore how to integrate Serilog, a versatile logging library, into a .NET MAUI (Multi-platform App UI) app. Serilog provides powerful and flexible logging capabilities, enabling you to log events, errors, and information effectively.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites:

  • Visual Studio 2022 (or later) with the .NET MAUI workload.
  • A .NET MAUI project.

Step 1: Install the Serilog NuGet Package

  1. Open your .NET MAUI project in Visual Studio.
  2. In the Solution Explorer, right-click your project and select “Manage NuGet Packages.”
  3. In the NuGet Package Manager, search for “Serilog” and install the “Serilog” package. Additionally, install a Serilog sink such as “Serilog.Sinks.Console” for console logging or “Serilog.Sinks.File” for file logging.

Step 2: Configure Serilog

In the App.xaml.cs file, configure Serilog in the App constructor:

using Serilog;
using Serilog.Events;
using Serilog.Sinks.Console;

public App()
    // Create a logger configuration.
    Log.Logger = new LoggerConfiguration()

    MainPage = new MainPage();

In this code:

  • We import the necessary Serilog namespaces.
  • We configure Serilog to write logs to the console with a minimum log level of Information. You can customize the configuration to match your logging needs, including using different sinks, log levels, and formats.

Step 3: Use Serilog for Logging

You can use Serilog for logging throughout your .NET MAUI app. For example, in your code-behind files or view models, you can log events like this:

using Serilog;

public  partial  class  MainPage : ContentPage
public MainPage()
Log.Information("MainPage is loaded.");

Step 4: Handle Serilog Logging in Different Environments

You can configure Serilog to handle logging differently in different environments, such as development and production. For instance, you might log more details in development and fewer details in production. To do this, you can use Serilog’s Destructure and MinimumLevel methods to adjust the logging behavior based on your app's current environment.

Step 5: View Logs

To view the logs, you can monitor the console output (if you’re using the console sink) or access log files (if you’re using the file sink). Serilog provides various sinks, and you can choose the one that best fits your logging and monitoring needs.

By integrating Serilog into your .NET MAUI app, you gain a powerful and flexible logging solution that helps you track and diagnose issues effectively. Whether you’re developing a new app or maintaining an existing one, logging with Serilog is a valuable tool for understanding your app’s behavior and troubleshooting problems.