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From where was my code called?

Find out who executed your code with `console.trace()`

Recently one of my colleagues showed me a nifty trick how you can find out from where your code was called. The problem was that I had a function that was called from multiple places inside the application, but I needed to find out which specific part/function inside the app called it. Just console.loging something inside the function didn't do the trick because I couldn't who triggered the function which caused the log.

console.log(new Error())

The answer lies in calling console.log("whatever you want to log", new Error()) inside of the function you want to inspect. new Error() will give you a stacktrace inside your console next to the desired log message.

In my contrived example below I want to find out who called getUsername(). It is called inside showDashboard() and showProfile(). If you open your console and click on the console.log button below you will see a stacktrace that shows you, it was called in showDashboard().

`getUsername()` was called from `showDashboard()`


If you have lots of logs in your console it may be a bit confusing to see logs containing the word Error without being an actual error. This is where console.trace() comes to the rescue. It works pretty much like the previous example, except you don't need to provide new Error(). This creates slightly more tidy and descriptive code during debugging.

You can try it out below by opening your console and clicking the console.trace button. Make sure your dev-tools console is open, otherwise you may not see the full stacktrace.

So why not used it everytime? Sadly console.trace is not supported in all environments. For example. If you open the built-in console of the codesandbox below, you won't see any stacktrace from console.trace.

Of course, I can also use a debugger to get the stacktrace from a breakpoint inside of a function. But there are scenarios where using a debugger is either impossible or impractical. Then it's good to know an alternative. 🥳