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How to configure logback (SLF4J) logging to spring boot applications?

Logback makes an excellent logging framework for enterprise applications – it’s fast, have simple but powerful configuration options, and comes with a small memory footprint.

We will discuss about Logback in this page. The Spring Boot is using Logback as a default logger. By default, the SLF4j Logging is included in the Spring Boot starter package. So no additional dependencies are required.

Maven Dependency Tree Trace
$ mvn dependency:tree

[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] Using the builder org.apache.maven.lifecycle.internal.builder.singlethreaded.SingleThreadedBuilder with a thread count of 1
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building spring-boot-tutorials 0.0.1-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] |  +- org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-logging:jar:1.5.2.RELEASE:compile
[INFO] |  |  +- ch.qos.logback:logback-classic:jar:1.1.11:compile
[INFO] |  |  |  +- ch.qos.logback:logback-core:jar:1.1.11:compile
[INFO] |  |  |  \- org.slf4j:slf4j-api:jar:1.7.24:compile
[INFO] |  |  +- org.slf4j:jcl-over-slf4j:jar:1.7.24:compile
[INFO] |  |  +- org.slf4j:jul-to-slf4j:jar:1.7.24:compile
[INFO] |  |  \- org.slf4j:log4j-over-slf4j:jar:1.7.24:compile

In spring boot, you can handle all your logging related configurations with in "" file itself:
logging.pattern.console=%d{dd-MM-yyyy HH:mm:ss.SSS} %magenta([%thread]) %highlight(%-5level) %logger.%M - %msg%n
logging.pattern.file=%d{dd-MM-yyyy HH:mm:ss.SSS} [%thread] %-5level %logger{36}.%M - %msg%n

Spring boot also allows you to create standard logback.xml file in the resources directory. This will override the Spring Boot logging template.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

	<appender name="FILE-AUDIT" class="ch.qos.logback.core.rolling.RollingFileAppender">
		<encoder class="ch.qos.logback.classic.encoder.PatternLayoutEncoder">
			<Pattern>%d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss} - %msg%n</Pattern>
		<rollingPolicy class="ch.qos.logback.core.rolling.TimeBasedRollingPolicy">
			<!-- rollover daily -->
			<timeBasedFileNamingAndTriggeringPolicy class="ch.qos.logback.core.rolling.SizeAndTimeBasedFNATP">

	<logger name="com.java2novice" level="debug" additivity="false">
		<appender-ref ref="FILE-AUDIT" />

	<root level="error">
		<appender-ref ref="FILE-AUDIT" />


Spring boot also provides profile based loggings. As we discussed in the previous pages, we can maintain multiple properties for each profile, so that spring boot will pick the right profile on demand.

We can also handle our standard way of xml configurations with logback.xml file. Spring boot supports these configurations. Create a logback-spring.xml in the root of the classpath, to take advantage of the templating features provided by Spring Boot with multiple profiles in it, as shown below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <include resource="org/springframework/boot/logging/logback/base.xml" />

    <springProfile name="dev,staging">
        <logger name="guru.springframework.controllers" level="DEBUG" additivity="false">
            <appender-ref ref="CONSOLE" />

    <springProfile name="production">
        <logger name="guru.springframework.controllers" level="WARN" additivity="false">
            <appender-ref ref="FILE" />

    <if condition='property("").contains("dev")'>
            <logger name="guru.springframework.helpers" level="DEBUG" additivity="false">
                <appender-ref ref="CONSOLE" />
            <logger name="guru.springframework.helpers" level="WARN" additivity="false">
                <appender-ref ref="FILE" />
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