Sample of a Program.cs file:

private static ILog _log = LogManager.GetLogger(typeof(Program));

        static int Main() {
            XmlConfigurator.Configure(new FileInfo("log4net.config"));
            _log.Info(String.Format("{0} Starting", typeof(Program).FullName));
  • You must use a "log4net.config" file instead of attempting to place the log4net config settings inside of App.config.
  • Set the log4net.config file to "copy local = true" in vistual studio