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A logger with a small, extensible API which provides utility on top of Android's normal Log class.

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This is a logger with a small, extensible API which provides utility on top of Android's normal



I copy this class into all the little apps I make. I'm tired of doing it. Now it's a library.

Behavior is added through


instances. You can install an instance by calling


. Installation of


s should be done as early as possible. The


of your application is the most logical choice.



implementation will automatically figure out from which class it's being called and use that class name as its tag. Since the tags vary, it works really well when coupled with a log reader like Pidcat.

There are no


implementations installed by default because every time you log in production, a puppy dies.


Two easy steps:

  1. Install any
    instances you want in the
    of your application class.
  2. Call
    's static methods everywhere throughout your app.

Check out the sample app in


to see it in action.


Timber ships with embedded lint rules to detect problems in your app.

  • TimberArgCount* (Error) - Detects an incorrect number of arguments passed to a


call for the specified format string. Error: Wrong argument count, format string Hello %s %s! requires 2 but format call supplies 1 [TimberArgCount] Timber.d("Hello %s %s!", firstName); ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • TimberArgTypes* (Error) - Detects arguments which are of the wrong type for the specified format string. Error: Wrong argument type for formatting argument '#0' in success = %b: conversion is 'b', received String (argument #2 in method call) [TimberArgTypes] Timber.d("success = %b", taskName); ~~~~~~~~
  • TimberTagLength* (Error) - Detects the use of tags which are longer than Android's maximum length of 23. Error: The logging tag can be at most 23 characters, was 35 (TagNameThatIsReallyReallyReallyLong) [TimberTagLength] Timber.tag("TagNameThatIsReallyReallyReallyLong").d("Hello %s %s!", firstName, lastName); ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • LogNotTimber* (Warning) - Detects usages of Android's


that should be using


. Warning: Using 'Log' instead of 'Timber' [LogNotTimber] Log.d("Greeting", "Hello " + firstName + " " + lastName + "!"); ~
  • StringFormatInTimber* (Warning) - Detects


used inside of a


call. Timber handles string formatting automatically. Warning: Using 'String#format' inside of 'Timber' [StringFormatInTimber] Timber.d(String.format("Hello, %s %s", firstName, lastName)); ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • BinaryOperationInTimber* (Warning) - Detects string concatenation inside of a


call. Timber handles string formatting automatically and should be preferred over manual concatenation. Warning: Replace String concatenation with Timber's string formatting [BinaryOperationInTimber] Timber.d("Hello " + firstName + " " + lastName + "!"); ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • TimberExceptionLogging* (Warning) - Detects the use of null or empty messages, or using the exception message when logging an exception. Warning: Explicitly logging exception message is redundant [TimberExceptionLogging] Timber.d(e, e.getMessage()); ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


implementation 'com.jakewharton.timber:timber:4.7.1'

Snapshots of the development version are available in [Sonatype's




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