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Logging LoopBack Requests to


I've been experimenting with LoopBack recently, using it to prototype an API. It really is quite amazing how quickly you can get a full-fledged API up and running with LoopBack. Just follow the getting started guide and you’ll see what I mean.

After getting a pretty decent API up and running, I began testing a few different ways of logging API requests. I still haven't quite settled on the way that I want to do this yet, but one issue that I did encounter was trying to get the response time of the call from expressjs/response-time.

Response-time is a great, little Node.js module that automatically adds an X-Response-Time header to your responses to indicate the time in milliseconds that the request took.

The issue that I was running into was that I could not figure out how to properly get to that header in the LoopBack afterRemote method that I was using to log requests. Thanks to an SO user, however, I was able to eventually get to what I wanted. The key was that the response wasn't available when I was trying to log the query -I needed to use the res.on('finish') event to get the response headers.

var Keen = require("keen-js");

module.exports = function (myModel) {
myModel.afterRemote("*", function (ctx, affectedModelInstance, next) {
// Listen to the finish event of the response to wait
// for the response to be available
ctx.res.on("finish", function () {
var client = new Keen({
projectId: "keenprojectid",
writeKey: "keenwritekey",

var queryEvent = {
ip: ctx.req.ip,
baseUrl: ctx.req.baseUrl,
url: ctx.req.url,
route: ctx.req.route,
query: ctx.req.query,
method: ctx.methodString,
// Here's the header that I wanted to grab
responseTime: Number(ctx.res._headers["x-response-time"]),
keen: {
timestamp: new Date().toISOString(),

client.addEvent("queries", queryEvent, function (err, res) {
if (err) {
} else {

// Don't forget to call next