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Console API Snippets

JavaScript Console API Snippets for Sublime Text

This is a Sublime Text 2 package including a bunch of handy snippets for using the Console API of Firebug or other web Inspector tools in the browser of your choice.


With Package Control

If you have the Package Control package installed, you can install Console API Snippets from inside Sublime Text itself. Open the Command Palette and select »Package Control: Install Package«, then search for »Console API Snippets«.

It just works ; ]

… check this video if you still need assistance.

Without Package Control

If you haven't got Package Control installed (seriously, go install it!) you will need to make a clone of this repository into your packages folder, like so:

git clone Console-API-Snippets

The packages folder is located here:

… check this video if you still need assistance.

Or just download the package from download page here at github and copy the folder »Console-API-Snippets« to the packages folder on your machine.


  1. Just type »console« and hit the »Tab« key (⇥)
  2. Select one of the offered console methods with your cursor
  3. Hit the »Return« key (↵)
  4. Use Tab to jump through the placeholders and replace them accruing to your needs

You could also wrap console.time() and console.timeEnd() around existing code by opening the command palette (cmd ⌘ + shift ⇧ + P) and begin to type »console.time« and choose »console.time() - Wrapper«.

About the Console API

You should have a look at »Firebug and Logging« to get an idea of how useful it is to know the different console methods.

Or check the screencast »Become a Javascript Console Power-User« from Paul Irish:

The snippets I’m offering are based on the console object from Firebug. See Firebug Console API for details.

You could also have a look at these tutorials:

Different browsers, different capabilities

The implementation of the Console API are differing from browser to browser.

You don't have to worry when it comes to modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. I’m not sure about IE9 and IE10, but especially the old version of Internet Explorer have a lack of console methods.

So you need a type of »Console Fix« to prevent, that browsers are throwing errors because of unknown methods.

A basic console fix:

The simplest way to accomplish that is to include a small snippet like the following in which you can define the missing methods you are using as »empty« methods to prevent errors.

if (!window.console) {
    window.console = {
        log     : function (event) {},
        info    : function (event) {},
        warn    : function (event) {},
        error   : function (event) {}

A more advanced console fix

Mike Wilcox has a more advanced approach. See »JavaScript Console Fix V2«.

One last thing

You should avoid to deploy console output to your production server.

If you are using UglifyJS just use the compressor option drop_console to get rid of console stuff in your code.


Michael Kühnel ⤳ Interweb


Use it, change it, fork it, sell it. Do what you will, but please leave the author attribution.

Version history

Version 1.0 (10/10/2012)

Version 1.0.1 (10/22/2012)

Version 1.0.2 (11-22-2012)

Version 1.0.3 (09-08-2013)

Version 1.0.4 (11-10-2014)

Version 1.0.5 (03-08-2015)