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Add a Breadcrumb

Adding Context to Sessions

Embrace can collect basic session data and crashes as you've already seen in the Crash Reporting and Session Reporting sections. Embrace can also collect your logging data and include it as context within your sessions. Here's how you add a breadcrumb to the session.

let msg = String(format: "Master table view editing mode did change to: \(editing), animated: \(animated)")
Embrace.sharedInstance().logBreadcrumb(withMessage: msg)

This is an example of a log we added to our sample application so we'd know when the user enters and exits editing mode on our table view. This event is not otherwise shown in the session and can be important depending on what the user does next.


Breadcrumb messages must be 256 characters or less.


For how to best use Breadcrumbs, check out the Best Practices page.

We use the breadcrumb method for our logging and not the LogEvent method. Breadcrumbs are a lightweight way to add logging to your session. They add little CPU or memory overhead, and trigger no networking calls. LogEvent is a much heavier mechanism. We will learn about it in the alerting section of the documentation. For now, just know that using breadcrumbs is the right thing to do most of the time.