Logging Objects to the Console in Internet Explorer

posted on 24 April 2015 in programming

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Compared to other browsers, IE’s JavaScript console is pretty lacking in it’s ability to log objects, they just appear as [Object object]. As a work around for this below is a shim that will JSON.stringify any objects that are passed as parameters to console.log (or it’s sister functions like error, warn…).

// Because IE11 doesn't support logging objects, this script stringifies objects passed to the console for IE.
(function (console) {
  var fns = ['trace', 'debug', 'info', 'warn', 'error', 'log'];
  var orig = {};

  function isIE() {
    return (navigator.appName == 'Microsoft Internet Explorer' ||
      (navigator.appName == 'Netscape' && 
        new RegExp("Trident/.*rv:([0-9]{1,}[\.0-9]{0,})").exec(navigator.userAgent) !== null));

  function fixObjectLogging(fn) {
    orig[fn] = console[fn];
    console[fn] = function () {
      var args = Array.prototype.slice.call(arguments);
      for (var i = 0; i < args.length; i++) {
        if (typeof(args[i]) === "object")
          args[i] = JSON.stringify(args[i]);
      Function.prototype.apply.apply(orig[fn], [console, args]);

  function init() {
    if (!isIE()) return;

    for (var i = 0; i < fns.length; i++) {
      var fn = fns[i];
      if (console[fn]) {


You’ll also find that IE doesn’t record console output while the developer tools are open, to enable this in IE11 go to Settings (The Gear) > Internet options > Advanced > Check ‘Always record developer console messages’.