Custom Magento Module Log

PHP errors and messages from other modules can clutter up your tail -f when debugging, and sometimes it’s just nice to have separate logs to the main system.

Set up your own log adapter with:


$my_log = Mage::getModel('core/log_adapter', 'my_module.log');

and log away!



Extra points for wrapping it up in a class:


class Nick_Module_Model_Log {
  protected $_adapter;

  public __construct() {
    $this->_adapter = Mage::getModel('core/log_adapter', 'my_module.log');

  // It's public incase we want to use ->debug(), ->info(), and friends
  public function getAdapter() {
    return $this->_adapter;

  public function log($message) {

$my_log = Mage::getSingleton('nick/log');
$my_log->log("Logging away!");