Adding a log4Net provider in .net core console app

I recently was developing a console application in .net core, where I had to use log4net logging.

In the standard core approach we can use:

But this is .net core console application, where I’m creating LoggerFactory on my own, so it would not work.

In order to solve it, I had to implement my own Log4NetProvider, that would implement ILoggerProvider.

And the implementation of an actual logger:

One last touch is adding an extension for ILoggerFactory to be able to use AddLog4Net.

In my DI container registration, I added code:

Now it will all works!

To see the whole code, go to my GitHub repository and check this commit:

Hope that works for you!

11 thoughts on “Adding a log4Net provider in .net core console app

  1. Great! Thanks a lot for this. I had some issues with usings however in the end this worked like a charm!

    1. Hi Jocelyne,
      If you follow all the steps, you can inject it in your class constructor:

      public class CustomService : ICustomService
      private readonly ILogger _logger;

      public CustomService(ILoggerFactory loggerFactory)
      _logger = loggerFactory.CreateLogger(typeof(CustomService));

  2. Hi

    I tried your classes and have a problem with debug messages.
    All messages are displayed except debug ones.

    I put _skipDiagnosticLogs=false;

    In my log4net.config I tried with


    Nothing works

    What is strange is If I make a “step by step” on a Line Logger.LogDebug(“hello debug !”); it doesn’t enter in Log4NetLogger class.
    If I make a “step by step” on a Line Logger.LogInformation(“hello info !”); it enters in Log4NetLogger class.

    Any idea?

    1. So a quick and dirty way would be to create things manually.

      In the program.cs Main method:

      var logger = new Log4NetProvider(“log4net.config”, false);
      var log = logger.CreateLogger(“Program”);
      log.Log(LogLevel.Information, “Hello world”);

      You can change the log4net.config file to:

      This will create a log.txt file in the folder running the exe.

      Make sure that the config file is set to “COPY IF NEWER”

      Hope this helps.

  3. Hi Michal,

    I am struggling running the log4net in my console app. Do you have this code in github so I could check it out and figure out, what is wrong in my implementation.

      1. Thanks a lot. It’s been very helpful. I am using the IServiceCollection for registering my services and all I had to add was this line of code: services.AddSingleton(loggerFactory);

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