Alphred gives you easy access to two different kinds of logs: a console and a file. The console log writes to STDERR so that it does not interfere with script filters, and it shows up in the Alfred debugger window.

Log Levels

There is a pre-defined set of log levels indicating severity. These cannot be changed without extending the Log class. By default there are: 0. DEBUG 1. INFO 2. WARNING 3. ERROR 4. CRITICAL

Setting a log level

Alphred sets the default log level to WARNING (2). Thus, by default, you will not see any DEBUG or INFO messages.

You can set your log level either in a workflow.ini or by defining it before the including Alphred.phar. If you do not, then it will default to WARNING. Setting a log level means that messages that level or above will be displayed, so if you set your log level to ERROR (3), then only ERROR and CRITICAL messages will be either written to the file or the console.

To define the level in the code, place something like:

define( 'ALPHRED_LOG_LEVEL', 2 );

before you include Alphred.phar. You can also use the more verbose version:


My recommendation is to include a workflow.ini file with your workflow. Place it next to info.plist. In it, place the section

log_level = INFO

or whatever you want the level to be set at. If you do this, then it is easy to change both for yourself and for others if they’re running into trouble. So, make your workflow log to the console often with debug messages, and then set the default log level to something higher before you distribute it.

Console Logging

The simplest way to log a message to a console:

$workflow = new Alphred;
$workflow->console( 'This is a message' );

That’s it, and it will display the above text with a log level ‘INFO’. If you haven’t set your log level, then the message will not show up (because Alphred has a default setting of WARNING).

To specify the log level, just add the next argument:

$workflow->console( 'This is a message', 2 );


$workflow->console( 'This is a message', 'WARNING' );

They’re the same.

File Logging

Alphred can also create a log file for you. It will be located in your workflow’s data directory. By default, the file will be called workflow.log, but you can change the name, and you can also use multiple logs.

Writing a log message works exactly the same as writing a console message, except we use log instead of console.

$workflow = new Alphred;
$workflow->log( 'This is a log message' );

will write the above text to the file workflow.log in your data directory. You can specify a level just like with console:

$workflow->log( 'This is a log message', 'WARNING' );

To specify the log file, use a third argument that is the basename of the file. (All files will have the extension .log)

$workflow->log( 'This is a log message', 'WARNING', 'my-log' );

This makes it super easy for you to have multiple log files:

$workflow->log( 'This message will go in the "requests" log', 'WARNING', 'requests' );
$workflow->log( 'This message will go in the "llamas" log', 'WARNING', 'llamas' );