# Debugging Python applications using the Glean SDK

Debugging features in Python can be enabled using environment variables. For more information on the available features and how to enable them, see Enabling debugging features through environment variables.

## Sending pings

Unlike other platforms, Python doesn't expose convenience methods to send pings on demand.

In case that is necessary, calling the submit function for a given ping, such as pings.custom_ping.submit(), will send it.

## Logging pings

If the GLEAN_LOG_PINGS environment variable is set to true, pings are logged to the console on DEBUG level whenever they are submitted.

Make sure that when you configure logging in your application, you set the level for the Python logging library to DEBUG or higher. Otherwise pings won't be logged even if GLEAN_LOG_PINGS is set to true.

You can set the logging level for the Python logging to DEBUG as follows:

import logging

logging.basicConfig(level=logging.DEBUG)


All log messages from the Glean SDK are on the glean logger, so if you need to control it independently, you can set a level for just the Glean SDK (but note that the global Python logging level also needs to be set as above):

logging.getLogger("glean").setLevel(logging.DEBUG)