Clients generated with AutoRest come with an extensible tracing infrastructure. The following events are traced when the client is executed:

Tracing with ETW

In order to enable ETW tracing first download Microsoft.Rest.ClientRuntime.Etw package from NuGet. Next, register EtwTracingInterceptor by calling:

ServiceClientTracing.AddTracingInterceptor(new EtwTracingInterceptor());
ServiceClientTracing.IsEnabled = true;

Finally, use a tool such as PerfView to capture events under the Microsoft.Rest provider.

Tracing with Log4Net

In order to enable Log4Net tracing first download Microsoft.Rest.ClientRuntime.Log4Net package from NuGet. Then, configure the Log4Net in your app.config/web.config (or your preferred way). For more examples on the available configurations check config examples

Here’s an example of app.config for the logger used with ConsoleAppender:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <section name="log4net" type="log4net.Config.Log4NetConfigurationSectionHandler, log4net"/>
    <appender name="ConsoleAppender" type="log4net.Appender.ConsoleAppender">
      <layout type="log4net.Layout.SimpleLayout" />
      <level value="ALL" />
      <appender-ref ref="ConsoleAppender" />
    <logger name="Microsoft.Rest.Tracing.Log4Net.Log4NetTracingInterceptor">
      <level value="DEBUG" />
      <appender-ref ref="ConsoleAppender"/>

Next, configure Log4Net in the application by adding this line to AssemblyInfo.cs of the application:

[assembly: log4net.Config.XmlConfigurator(Watch = true, ConfigFile = "FileName.ext")]

Finally, register Log4NetTracingInterceptor by calling:

ServiceClientTracing.AddTracingInterceptor(new Log4NetTracingInterceptor());
ServiceClientTracing.IsEnabled = true;

Custom Tracing

In order to trace AutoRest generated client implement a custom type that extends IServiceClientTracingInterceptor.

using Microsoft.Rest;

public class ConsoleTracingInterceptor : IServiceClientTracingInterceptor
    public void Information(string message)
    public void SendRequest(string invocationId, HttpRequestMessage request)
        string requestAsString = request == null ? string.Empty : request.AsFormattedString();


Finally, register the custom tracing interceptor by calling:

ServiceClientTracing.AddTracingInterceptor(new ConsoleTracingInterceptor());
ServiceClientTracing.IsEnabled = true;