JavaScript Disable console.log on Production Environment

Both on Node & Frontend apps.

Disable Console Log, Info, Warn, Or Debug

In JavaScript applications, especially on Frontend apps, we might want to disable our console.log (or any variant of it, such as warn, info, debug, error, etc.) that we have placed for debugging throughout the application. Below are the two possible ways to do it:

1. Better Approach

Let’s create a helper.js file that exports a log method.

const log = (function (environment) {
  if (environment === "production") {
    return () => { }
  return (...args) => {

export {

The above logic explained:

  • We export the named method log, which is an IIFE (Immediately Invoked Function Expression).

  • To IIFE we pass an environment variable. In the above example, process.env.NODE_ENV is what we would pass in case of React application (built with Create React App). For Node, Express, and other applications, such as in Vue or Angular, pass their respective environment checks.

  • In the IIFE, we check if the environment is “production” or not. If production, we return an empty function that would print nothing. If not production, we return a method that would pass on all the arguments to console.log as it is (notice the use of rest parameter and spread syntax.)

To use, import and call.

import { log } from "./helper.js";

log("Hello", 1, 2, 3,;

2. Simpler But Drastic Way

It’s usually never a good idea to modify a globally available function. Still, if you have your reasons and do not want to log anything in the production environment (or based on any other check), you can replace the console.log method with an empty function that does nothing.

In the Node or Frontend app, place this in the file where the application starts.

if (process.env.NODE_ENV === "production") {
  console.log = () => { };

Now throughout the application, console.log() calls will print nothing in the production environment.

The usual console.log for all other environments will work as expected.

The above two approaches are equally applicable to other console methods such as, console.error, console.debug, console.table, console.warn, etc.

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