Log & view metrics and log files v1

APPLIES TO: Python SDK azureml v1

Log real-time information using both the default Python logging package and Azure Machine Learning Python SDK-specific functionality. You can log locally and send logs to your workspace in the portal.

Logs can help you diagnose errors and warnings, or track performance metrics like parameters and model performance. In this article, you learn how to enable logging in the following scenarios:

  • Log run metrics
  • Interactive training sessions
  • Submitting training jobs using ScriptRunConfig
  • Python native logging settings
  • Logging from additional sources


This article shows you how to monitor the model training process. If you're interested in monitoring resource usage and events from Azure Machine Learning, such as quotas, completed training runs, or completed model deployments, see Monitoring Azure Machine Learning.

Data types

You can log multiple data types including scalar values, lists, tables, images, directories, and more. For more information, and Python code examples for different data types, see the Run class reference page.

Logging run metrics

Use the following methods in the logging APIs to influence the metrics visualizations. Note the service limits for these logged metrics.

Logged Value Example code Format in portal
Log an array of numeric values run.log_list(name='Fibonacci', value=[0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89]) single-variable line chart
Log a single numeric value with the same metric name repeatedly used (like from within a for loop) for i in tqdm(range(-10, 10)): run.log(name='Sigmoid', value=1 / (1 + np.exp(-i))) angle = i / 2.0 Single-variable line chart
Log a row with 2 numerical columns repeatedly run.log_row(name='Cosine Wave', angle=angle, cos=np.cos(angle)) sines['angle'].append(angle) sines['sine'].append(np.sin(angle)) Two-variable line chart
Log table with 2 numerical columns run.log_table(name='Sine Wave', value=sines) Two-variable line chart
Log image run.log_image(name='food', path='./breadpudding.jpg', plot=None, description='desert') Use this method to log an image file or a matplotlib plot to the run. These images will be visible and comparable in the run record

Logging with MLflow

We recommend logging your models, metrics and artifacts with MLflow as it's open source and it supports local mode to cloud portability. The following table and code examples show how to use MLflow to log metrics and artifacts from your training runs. Learn more about MLflow's logging methods and design patterns.

Be sure to install the mlflow and azureml-mlflow pip packages to your workspace.

pip install mlflow
pip install azureml-mlflow

Set the MLflow tracking URI to point at the Azure Machine Learning backend to ensure that your metrics and artifacts are logged to your workspace.

from azureml.core import Workspace
import mlflow
from mlflow.tracking import MlflowClient

ws = Workspace.from_config()

mlflow_run = mlflow.start_run()
Logged Value Example code Notes
Log a numeric value (int or float) mlflow.log_metric('my_metric', 1)
Log a boolean value mlflow.log_metric('my_metric', 0) 0 = True, 1 = False
Log a string mlflow.log_text('foo', 'my_string') Logged as an artifact
Log numpy metrics or PIL image objects mlflow.log_image(img, 'figure.png')
Log matlotlib plot or image file mlflow.log_figure(fig, "figure.png")

View run metrics via the SDK

You can view the metrics of a trained model using run.get_metrics().

from azureml.core import Run
run = Run.get_context()
run.log('metric-name', metric_value)

metrics = run.get_metrics()
# metrics is of type Dict[str, List[float]] mapping metric names
# to a list of the values for that metric in the given run.

# list of metrics in the order they were recorded

You can also access run information using MLflow through the run object's data and info properties. See the MLflow.entities.Run object documentation for more information.

After the run completes, you can retrieve it using the MlFlowClient().

from mlflow.tracking import MlflowClient

# Use MlFlow to retrieve the run that was just completed
client = MlflowClient()
finished_mlflow_run = MlflowClient().get_run(mlflow_run.info.run_id)

You can view the metrics, parameters, and tags for the run in the data field of the run object.

metrics = finished_mlflow_run.data.metrics
tags = finished_mlflow_run.data.tags
params = finished_mlflow_run.data.params


The metrics dictionary under mlflow.entities.Run.data.metrics only returns the most recently logged value for a given metric name. For example, if you log, in order, 1, then 2, then 3, then 4 to a metric called sample_metric, only 4 is present in the metrics dictionary for sample_metric.

To get all metrics logged for a particular metric name, you can use MlFlowClient.get_metric_history().

View run metrics in the studio UI

You can browse completed run records, including logged metrics, in the Azure Machine Learning studio.

Navigate to the Experiments tab. To view all your runs in your Workspace across Experiments, select the All runs tab. You can drill down on runs for specific Experiments by applying the Experiment filter in the top menu bar.

For the individual Experiment view, select the All experiments tab. On the experiment run dashboard, you can see tracked metrics and logs for each run.

You can also edit the run list table to select multiple runs and display either the last, minimum, or maximum logged value for your runs. Customize your charts to compare the logged metrics values and aggregates across multiple runs. You can plot multiple metrics on the y-axis of your chart and customize your x-axis to plot your logged metrics.

View and download log files for a run

Log files are an essential resource for debugging the Azure Machine Learning workloads. After submitting a training job, drill down to a specific run to view its logs and outputs:

  1. Navigate to the Experiments tab.
  2. Select the runID for a specific run.
  3. Select Outputs and logs at the top of the page.
  4. Select Download all to download all your logs into a zip folder.
  5. You can also download individual log files by choosing the log file and selecting Download

Screenshot of Output and logs section of a run.

user_logs folder

This folder contains information about the user generated logs. This folder is open by default, and the std_log.txt log is selected. The std_log.txt is where your code's logs (for example, print statements) show up. This file contains stdout log and stderr logs from your control script and training script, one per process. In the majority of cases, you will monitor the logs here.

system_logs folder

This folder contains the logs generated by Azure Machine Learning and it will be closed by default. The logs generated by the system are grouped into different folders, based on the stage of the job in the runtime.

Other folders

For jobs training on multi-compute clusters, logs are present for each node IP. The structure for each node is the same as single node jobs. There is one more logs folder for overall execution, stderr, and stdout logs.

Azure Machine Learning logs information from various sources during training, such as AutoML or the Docker container that runs the training job. Many of these logs are not documented. If you encounter problems and contact Microsoft support, they may be able to use these logs during troubleshooting.

Interactive logging session

Interactive logging sessions are typically used in notebook environments. The method Experiment.start_logging() starts an interactive logging session. Any metrics logged during the session are added to the run record in the experiment. The method run.complete() ends the sessions and marks the run as completed.

ScriptRun logs

In this section, you learn how to add logging code inside of runs created when configured with ScriptRunConfig. You can use the ScriptRunConfig class to encapsulate scripts and environments for repeatable runs. You can also use this option to show a visual Jupyter Notebooks widget for monitoring.

This example performs a parameter sweep over alpha values and captures the results using the run.log() method.

  1. Create a training script that includes the logging logic, train.py.

    # Copyright (c) Microsoft. All rights reserved.
    # Licensed under the MIT license.
    from sklearn.datasets import load_diabetes
    from sklearn.linear_model import Ridge
    from sklearn.metrics import mean_squared_error
    from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
    from azureml.core.run import Run
    import os
    import numpy as np
    import mylib
    # sklearn.externals.joblib is removed in 0.23
        from sklearn.externals import joblib
    except ImportError:
        import joblib
    os.makedirs('./outputs', exist_ok=True)
    X, y = load_diabetes(return_X_y=True)
    run = Run.get_context()
    X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(X, y,
    data = {"train": {"X": X_train, "y": y_train},
            "test": {"X": X_test, "y": y_test}}
    # list of numbers from 0.0 to 1.0 with a 0.05 interval
    alphas = mylib.get_alphas()
    for alpha in alphas:
        # Use Ridge algorithm to create a regression model
        reg = Ridge(alpha=alpha)
        reg.fit(data["train"]["X"], data["train"]["y"])
        preds = reg.predict(data["test"]["X"])
        mse = mean_squared_error(preds, data["test"]["y"])
        run.log('alpha', alpha)
        run.log('mse', mse)
        model_file_name = 'ridge_{0:.2f}.pkl'.format(alpha)
        # save model in the outputs folder so it automatically get uploaded
        with open(model_file_name, "wb") as file:
            joblib.dump(value=reg, filename=os.path.join('./outputs/',
        print('alpha is {0:.2f}, and mse is {1:0.2f}'.format(alpha, mse))
  2. Submit the train.py script to run in a user-managed environment. The entire script folder is submitted for training.

    from azureml.core import ScriptRunConfig
    src = ScriptRunConfig(source_directory='./scripts', script='train.py', environment=user_managed_env)
    run = exp.submit(src)

    The show_output parameter turns on verbose logging, which lets you see details from the training process as well as information about any remote resources or compute targets. Use the following code to turn on verbose logging when you submit the experiment.

    run = exp.submit(src, show_output=True)

    You can also use the same parameter in the wait_for_completion function on the resulting run.


Native Python logging

Some logs in the SDK may contain an error that instructs you to set the logging level to DEBUG. To set the logging level, add the following code to your script.

import logging

Other logging sources

Azure Machine Learning can also log information from other sources during training, such as automated machine learning runs, or Docker containers that run the jobs. These logs aren't documented, but if you encounter problems and contact Microsoft support, they may be able to use these logs during troubleshooting.

For information on logging metrics in Azure Machine Learning designer, see How to log metrics in the designer

Example notebooks

The following notebooks demonstrate concepts in this article:

Learn how to run notebooks by following the article Use Jupyter notebooks to explore this service.

Next steps

See these articles to learn more on how to use Azure Machine Learning: