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app snazy

snazy is a snazzy json log viewer

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snazy - a snazzy log viewer

Snazy is a simple tool to parse json or other type of logs and output them in a nice format with nice colors.

As a tekton and pipelines-as-code developer who has to dig into controller/webhook logs all the time I wanted something that is a bit easier to look in the eyes and identify error/info/warning statements easily.

You do not have to use it only with tekton but work well with projects that uses go-uber/zap library like knative and many others.

It can work as a super-"tail" too if you want to stream logs and being able to have "actions" or "highlights" on a regexp match.





Go to the release page and grab the archive or package targeting your platform.


brew tap chmouel/snazy https://github.com/chmouel/snazy
brew install snazy


cargo install snazy


With your favourite aurhelper for example yay :

yay -S snazy-bin


Snazy is available from nixpkgs.

nix-env -iA snazy
nix run nixpkgs#snazy -- --help # your args are here


kubectl logs deployment/pod foo|docker run -i ghcr.io/chmouel/snazy

Source install

Snazy is built with rust, if you want to compile it directly you just need to grab the source and run cargo build. (assuming you have the rust tool chain installed)


  • Usually you use snazy by "piping" logs into it :
kubectl logs deployment/controller|snazy
  • It supports streaming too. When you have a kubectl logs -f it will just wait for input and snazzily print your logs from the stream (one line at a time).

  • you can pass one or many files on the command line to snazy and it will parse them rather than using the standard input.

  • If you do not pass a file and your input comes from https://github.com/boz/kail it will automatically detect it and print the namespace/pod[container] as prefix :


  • The flag "--kail-prefix-format" let you customize how to display the kail format, the templates {namespace}, {pod}, {container} will be replaced by its value and a "\n" will be replaced by a newline. As an example if you want to only show the current pod followed by a newline you can use the following template:

    --kail-prefix-format "{pod}\n"

    the environment variable SNAZY_KAIL_PREFIX_FORMAT let you make this setting permanent.

  • If you do not any prefix for kail you can pass the --kail-no-prefix flag.

  • If you want to highlight some patterns you can add the option -r/--regexp followed by a REGEXP and snazy will highlight it. You can have many -r switches with many regexps, and you get different highlight for each match.

  • If you want to have the highlight forced to some colors you can add the color at the beginning of the regexp followed by a colon. The colors can be one of yellow, red, green, blue, magenta, cyan, white, black or an RGB color model e.g: 88,48,235. For example if you want to highlight ERROR in red and WARNING in yellow you can do:

% kubectl log pod|snazy -r red:ERROR -r yellow:WARNING -r green:INFO -r 88,48,235:MITIGATED
  • If snazy don't recognize the line as JSON it will simply straight print it. Either way it will still apply regexp highlighting of the -r option or do the action commands matching (see below). This let you use it for any logs to do some regexp highlighting and action on pattern.

  • If you want to only show some specific levels, you can add the flag -f/--filter-levels to filter by level or many -f for many levels, for example, this only show warning and error from the log:

% kubectl log pod|snazy -f warning -f error
  • If you pass the flag -l/--level-symbols or set the environment variable SNAZY_LEVEL_SYMBOLS, snazy will show some pretty emojis rather than plain log level label :

snazy level symbols

  • You can customize the time printed with the --time-format flag (or the environment variable SNAZY_TIME_FORMAT), the variable respect the UNIX strftime format strings.

  • If you want to skip showing some lines you can specify the flag -S/--skip-line-regexp. When it matches the word or regexp in this value it will simply skipping printing the line. You can have multiple flags if you want to skip multiple lines.

  • You can do your own field matching with the -k/--json-keys flag, you need to pass the fields msg, level and ts. The fields target a key in a json payload specified as JSON Object notation. The description of the fileds are:

    • msg: The message text (string)
    • level: The log level (eg: info) (string)
    • ts: The timestamp, a float or a datetime.

    If any of those fields are missing the parser will fails.


    echo '{"the": {"msg": {"is": "message"}, "level": {"is": "INFO"}, "ts": [{"is": "2022-04-25T14:20:32.505637358Z"}]}}' | \
          snazy -k msg=/the/msg/is -k level=/the/level/is -k ts=/the/ts/0/is
    # => INFO  14:20:32 message
  • Snazy support action command on regexp, which mean if you have a regexp matching a message it will run an action on it. It currently supports only one action one regexp. If you specify the string "{}" it will be expanded to the matched string. For example on MacOS this command will display a notification with the pipelinerun that has succeeded:

    snazy --action-regexp "pipelinerun(s)?\s*.*has success" --action-command "osascript -e 'display notification \"{}\"'"

Interactive filtering with fzf

You can go even further with UNIX shell pipelines, and feed snazy to fzf for interactive filtering of the stream. for example to stream everything on a kubernetes cluster with kail, transforming the logs via snazy and finally using fzf to interactively select the patter to match:

kail --since=1h | snazy | fzf +s --ansi

This will give you a prompt with fzf where you can type the query you want.

Show GitHub Action Runs logs with snazy

An handy script located here let you show the log of a GitHub action runs through snazy and the bat pager.

You will need to setup the gh cli and install fzf to make it works.

Here is a video showing the feature https://streamable.com/7sf1hq

Shell completions

Shell completions are available for most shells using the command --shell-completion for example --shell-completion=zsh. Many different shell are supported. I let the reader figure out how to use them with their respective shells. Brew and RPM packages should have them auto configured for bash/fish/zsh.


  • I have seen a tool like that before with another stupid name? I used to have a python script that does the same and more called (sugarjazy) but I wanted to experiment with Rust, so I called this one snazy.
  • You missed a z to snazzy. True that. But snazy is easier to google than snazzy :p
  • Why rust? Good question, I guess i'll go by why not? it's kinda nice to program high level cli with low level language easily. sharkdp/fd



Chmouel Boudjnah <@chmouel>


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