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Serilog with CreateApplicationBuilder in .NET 8 Worker or Hosted Service

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Adnan Rafiq
How to use Serilog with Application Builder


Logs are facts emitted by your application especially when it is running in production.

Structured logging is a way to give facts a shape so that you can query logs better.

Serilog is a structured logging library for .NET and it is one of the most popular logging libraries in .NET.

But how to use Serilog with the new .NET 8 Worker template?

Use Serilog with .NET 8 Worker or Hosted Service

You can create a new .NET 8 Worker or Hosted Service using the following command.

dotnet new worker -n MyWorker

Then install the following NuGet packages.

dotnet add package Serilog
dotnet add package Serilog.Extensions.Hosting
dotnet add package Serilog.Sinks.File
dotnet add package Serilog.Sinks.Console
dotnet add package Serilog.Settings.Configuration

Then change the Program.cs file to look like this.


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var builder = Host.CreateApplicationBuilder(args);

//Clear Providers
//Read appsettings.json
Log.Logger = new LoggerConfiguration()
// add the provider


var host = builder.Build();

And your appsettings.json file should look like this.

Settings to add console and file sink
"Serilog": {
"Using": [ "Serilog.Sinks.Console", "Serilog.Sinks.File" ],
"MinimumLevel": "Debug",
"WriteTo": [
{ "Name": "Console" },
"Name": "File",
"Args": {
"path": "logs/log.txt",
"rollingInterval": "Day",
"retainedFileCountLimit": 7

"Properties": {
"Application": "YourWorkerName"

Before .NET 8, you were using Host.CreateDefaultBuilder(args) to create the host builder, but now you are using Host.CreateApplicationBuilder(args). With the Host.CreateDefaultBuilder(args) you were able to use the UseSerilog() extension method, but with the Host.CreateApplicationBuilder(args) you have to use the AddSerilog() extension method.

The only thing different Host.CreateApplicationBuilder(args) is doing that it is already adding the Logger Factory and Configuration to the builder, so you don't have to do it manually.

It does in when you call the CreateApplicationBuilder(args) method, under the hood it calls the AddLogging() method which then calls the extension method to add the required services Source Code Thus when you call the AddSerilog() extension method, it is only adding the logging provider which is then used by the factory to create the logger.

public static IServiceCollection AddLogging(this IServiceCollection services, Action<ILoggingBuilder> configure)


services.TryAdd(ServiceDescriptor.Singleton<ILoggerFactory, LoggerFactory>());
services.TryAdd(ServiceDescriptor.Singleton(typeof(ILogger<>), typeof(Logger<>)));

new DefaultLoggerLevelConfigureOptions(LogLevel.Information)));

configure(new LoggingBuilder(services));
return services;


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