Cover image for Beyond console.log()

Beyond console.log()

rajasekharguptha profile image Rajasekhar Guptha Updated on ・2 min read

We all have been using console.log(), but many more options are available out there.Let us see them now

The most useful type beyond log is console.table()

  • console.table()

    • Takes in JSON or an array and prints in table format
    • Very handy while visualising json objects and arrays
    • Syntax:

                    id: "1",
                    key: "value",
                        count: 2,

      Alt Text

                      id: "1",
                      key: "value",
                      count: 2,
                       id: "2",
                       key: "value2",
                           count: 22,
                          id: "3",
                          key: "value3",
                              count: 5,

      Alt Text

The next useful method is error

  • console.error()

    • useful to differentiate errors from output logs while debugging

    Alt Text

    • red color

Next one, useful while calculating runnning times is time method

  • Time(time,timeLog,timeEnd)

    • To understand this, let us assume scenario of a stopwatch Alt Text
      • console.time()
        • equivalent to stopwatch start
      • console.timeLog()
        • like stopwatch lap/split
      • console.timeEnd()
        • stopwatch end
    • It works on basis of label. Label should be the same to get expected output

      console.time("ForLoop");  // "ForLoop" is label here
      for (let i = 0; i < 5; i++) {

Alt Text

Next one is warning

  • console.warn();
    Alt Text

    • yellow color
    • For warnings
  • console.assert()

    • console.assert(assert_statement,message)
    • evaluate assertion statement and if it is false displays the message

      console.error({ msg1: "msg1", msg2: "msg2" });
      -----------same as---------
      console.assert(3 === 2, { msg1: "msg1", msg2: "msg2" });

    Alt Text

    • console.assert(assert_statement,message,args)
    console.assert(false, "%d nd type for  %s ",2,"console.assert() method");

    Alt Text

Useful method for counting

  • console.count()
    works on basis of label

    • console.count(label)

          for (let i = 0; i < 3; i++) {
          // output for
          console.count()  console.count("label")   console.count(i)
          default: 1              label: 1                0: 1
          default: 2              label: 2                1: 1
          default: 3              label: 3                2: 1
    • console.count()

      • if no label is mentioned it will consider default as label
      • The problem with default is it will continue the count like this Alt Text
    • console.countReset(label)

    • resets count of specified label to 0

I mentioned only few methods which I think are more helpful.To check all the available methods refer here



Editor guide
zoedreams profile image
miguelmj profile image

This is very useful! Thank you 👌🏻

rajasekharguptha profile image
Rajasekhar Guptha Author

Consider following on Twitter RajasekharGuptha

For more updates