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Verbosity Levels

Verbosity LevelsΒΆ

New in version 2.3: The VERBOSITY_VERY_VERBOSE and VERBOSITY_DEBUG constants were introduced in version 2.3

The console has five verbosity levels. These are defined in the Symfony\Component\Console\Output\OutputInterface:

Value Meaning Console option
OutputInterface::VERBOSITY_QUIET Do not output any messages -q or --quiet
OutputInterface::VERBOSITY_NORMAL The default verbosity level (none)
OutputInterface::VERBOSITY_VERBOSE Increased verbosity of messages -v
OutputInterface::VERBOSITY_VERY_VERBOSE Informative non essential messages -vv
OutputInterface::VERBOSITY_DEBUG Debug messages -vvv

It is possible to print a message in a command for only a specific verbosity level. For example:

// ...
class CreateUserCommand extends Command
    // ...

    public function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output)
        $user = new User(...);

            'Username: '.$input->getArgument('username'),
            'Password: '.$input->getArgument('password'),

        // the user class is only printed when the verbose verbosity level is used
        if ($output->getVerbosity() >= OutputInterface::VERBOSITY_VERBOSE) {
            $output->writeln('User class: '.get_class($user));

        // alternatively you can pass the verbosity level to writeln()
            'Will only be printed in verbose mode or higher',

New in version 2.8: The ability to pass the verbosity level to the writeln() method was introduced in Symfony 2.8.

There are also more semantic methods you can use to test for each of the verbosity levels:

if ($output->isQuiet()) {
    // ...

if ($output->isVerbose()) {
    // ...

if ($output->isVeryVerbose()) {
    // ...

if ($output->isDebug()) {
    // ...


These semantic methods are defined in the OutputInterface starting from Symfony 3.0. In previous Symfony versions they are defined in the different implementations of the interface (e.g. Symfony\Component\Console\Output\Output) in order to keep backward compatibility.

When the quiet level is used, all output is suppressed as the default write() method returns without actually printing.


The MonologBridge provides a Symfony\Bridge\Monolog\Handler\ConsoleHandler class that allows you to display messages on the console. This is cleaner than wrapping your output calls in conditions. For an example use in the Symfony Framework, see How to Configure Monolog to Display Console Messages.


The full exception stacktrace is printed if the VERBOSITY_VERBOSE level or above is used.

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