Use Logger MemoryHandler class

In this example we shall show you how to use the Logger MemoryHandler class. The MemoryHandler is a Handler that buffers requests in a circular buffer in memory. To use the MemoryHandler of a logger one should perform the following steps:

  • Create a Logger instance, with the getLogger(String name) API method of the Logger.
  • Initialize a FileHandler to write to the given String filename.
  • Create a MemoryHandler that will dump to the FileHandler a specific number of log records when a log is logged for a specific level (in the example 10 records are dumbed to the FileHandler when a Level.SEVERE log is logged).
  • Add the memoryHandler to the logger so as to receive logging messages, with addHandler(Handler handler) API method.
  • Write messages to the log.

Note that only messages for the specific level will be dumbed to the file log, as described in the code snippet below.

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

import java.util.logging.Logger;
import java.util.logging.FileHandler;
import java.util.logging.MemoryHandler;
import java.util.logging.Level;
public class MemoryHandlerExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
    	MemoryHandlerExample example = new MemoryHandlerExample();

  try {


  } catch (Exception e) {


    public void testMethod() throws Exception {

  Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(MemoryHandlerExample.class.getName());

  FileHandler fileHandler = new FileHandler("myapp.log");

  // Create a MemoryHandler that will dump the log messages for the

  // latest 10 records when a Level.SEVERE log is logged 

  MemoryHandler memoryHandler = new MemoryHandler(fileHandler, 10, Level.SEVERE);


  // Write messages to the log

  logger.info("Info message");

  logger.warning("Warning message");



  // This causes the log messages dump to the file log.


  logger.severe("Severe message");


Αυγ 12, 2012 1:39:23 ΜΜ com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core.MemoryHandlerExample testMethod
INFO: Info message
Αυγ 12, 2012 1:39:23 ΜΜ com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core.MemoryHandlerExample testMethod
WARNING: Warning message
Αυγ 12, 2012 1:39:23 ΜΜ com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core.MemoryHandlerExample testMethod
SEVERE: Severe message

This was an example of how to use Logger MemoryHandler class in Java.

Byron Kiourtzoglou

Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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