Wrapper to log Requests

Continue the idea of wrapping

  • The interface http.Handler allows to wrap any HTTP handler easily
  • This way it’s ideal to separate functional and non-functional code
  • While our own handlers take care for the business logic wrappers like httpx.MethodHandler and httpx.NestedMux take care for the HTTP logic
  • This can be continued with other aspects of the application, like the logging


package httpx

import (

// Logger defines an interface for many different loggers. So e.g.
// the log.Logger from the standard library or the logrus.Logger can
// be used.
type Logger interface {
    Printf(format string, v ...interface{})

// LoggingHandler wraps handlers and logs the requests to them.
type LoggingHandler struct {
    logger  Logger
    handler http.Handler

// NewLoggingHandler creates a new logging handler with the given logger and handler.
func NewLoggingHandler(logger Logger, handler http.Handler) *LoggingHandler {
    return &LoggingHandler{
        logger:  logger,
        handler: handler,

// ServeHTTP logs the request and calls the wrapped handler.
func (h *LoggingHandler) ServeHTTP(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    h.logger.Printf("%s %s", r.Method, r.URL.Path)
    h.handler.ServeHTTP(w, r)


  • NestedMux wraps several business logic handlers
  • LoggingHandler wraps the NestedMux and logs the requests
  • ServeMux wraps the LoggingHandler and serves all requests
package main

import (


const (
    // Prefix for API calls.
    apiPrefix = "/api/v1"

func main() { 
    mux := http.NewServeMux()
    apimux := httpx.NewNestedMux(apiPrefix)
    apilogger := httpx.NewLoggingHandler(log.New(os.Stdout, "api: ", log.LstdFlags), apimux)

    apimux.Handle("users", httpx.MethodWrapper(user.NewUsersHandler()))
    apimux.Handle("users/addresses", httpx.MethodWrapper(user.NewUsersAddressesHandler()))
    apimux.Handle("users/contracts", httpx.MethodWrapper(user.NewUsersContractsHandler()))

    // Register further nested API handlers, then
    // let the multiplexer serve all API requests.

    mux.Handle(apiPrefix, apilogger)

    // Register further multiplexed handlers, e.g. for static files.

    http.ListenAndServe(":8080", mux)