Mar 16, 2009

Configure Logging in Spring With Log4J

Configuring logging for Spring is easy as long as you keep in mind that anything related to classpath is a total mess.

First, you want to obtain commons-logging and log4j libraries, if you haven't yet put them in server's lib folder or added to the web application.

Second, create a /WEB-INF/log4j.xml file with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<!DOCTYPE log4j:configuration SYSTEM "log4j.dtd">

<log4j:configuration xmlns:log4j="">

<appender name="console" class="org.apache.log4j.ConsoleAppender">
<param name="Target" value="System.out"/>
<layout class="org.apache.log4j.PatternLayout">
<param name="ConversionPattern" value="%-4r [%t] %-5p %c %x - %m%n"/>

<priority value ="error" />
<appender-ref ref="console" />

<category name="org.springframework" additivity="false">
<priority value="debug" />
<appender-ref ref="console" />


In short, this tells to throw whatever is of error level from all sources, and info- and debug-level messages from anything in org.springframework package in stdout.

Then, add the following section to your web.xml:


As pointed out here, logger Listener must be declared before ContextLoaderListener.

Now, this seems to be enought, however, at this point many people (judging by the amount of complaints on Spring forums) face the problem of nothing of the described to work.

This was also the case for me, and the problem was in commons-logging.jar, which was sitting in %CATALINA_HOME%/lib folder. Once I removed it out of there and added commons-logging library to my web application, the System.out was full of Spring's debug messages.


Jatin said...

Excellent post,. I wish I'd found ti sooner. Adding commons-logging-xxx.jar to WEB-INF/libs did the trick.

I also realized that once I did that just having the in my classpath was sufficient - I didn't need the Log4jConfigListener in web.xml.

sp said...

Great, glad I could help.

This is exactly why I'm posting this stuff, so somebody like me (and sometimes me not remembering what I've done already) could solve the issue faster.

kamal said...

Thank You. You saved my day

Anonymous said...

Thanks, you saved my day too :)

Tulio Domingos said...

Great post!

Shawn said...

Thank you very much. The part where the listener must be first is really key! :-)

Vimpy said...

Thanks a lot for your post. This has helped me alot.

Хүрэлхуяг Магсар said...

Can I use spring placeholder property in log4j.xml?