JBoss WildFly

JBoss WildfFly Logging Configuration Example

1. Introduction

In this example we will review the WildFly logging subsystems. We will apply the configuration to a Web application to generate a separate log files for our application instead of writing it to default server log file.

1.1 WildFly

WildFly is an application server written in Java that implements Java EE specification. It’s a fast and lightweight server. It’s built on a modular service container that enables services on demand when needed by the application. The latest release as of this this writing is 14.0.1, which is Java EE 8 certified.

1.2 WildFly Logging Configuration

Logging subsystem represents the overall server logging configuration. It is made up of the following four parts:

  • Handler
  • Logger
  • Root Logger
  • Logging Profiles

1.2.1 Handlers

Handlers define how log messages are recorded. Following handlers are available in WildFly:

  • async-handler – An async-handler is a handler that asynchronously writes log messages to it’s child handlers. This type of handler is generally used to wrap other handlers that take a substantial time to write messages.
  • console-handler – A console-handler is a handler that writes log messages to the console. Generally this writes to stdout, but can be set to write to stderr.
  • custom-handler – A custom-handler allows you to define any handler as a handler that can be assigned to a logger or a async-handler.
  • file-handler – A file-handler is a handler that writes log messages to the specified file.
  • periodic-rotating-file-handler – A periodic-rotating-file-handler is a handler that writes log messages to the specified file. The file rotates on the date pattern specified in the suffix attribute. The suffix must be a valid pattern recognized by the java.text.SimpleDateFormat and must not rotate on seconds or milliseconds.
  • periodic-size-rotating-file-handler – A periodic-size-rotating-file-handler is a handler that writes log messages to the specified file. The file rotates on the date pattern specified in the suffix attribute or the rotate-size attribute. The suffix must be a valid pattern recognized by the java.text.SimpleDateFormat and must not rotate on seconds or milliseconds.
  • size-rotating-file-handler – A size-rotating-file-handler is a handler that writes log messages to the specified file. The file rotates when the file size is greater than the rotate-size attribute. The rotated file will be kept and the index appended to the name moving previously rotated file indexes up by 1 until the max-backup-index is reached. Once the max-backup-index is reached, the indexed files will be overwritten.
  • socket-handler – A socket-handler is a handler which sends messages over a socket. This can be a TCP or UDP socket and must be defined in a socket binding group under the local-destination-outbound-socket-binding or remote-destination-outbound-socket-binding resource.
  • syslog-handler – A syslog-handler is a handler that writes to a syslog server via UDP. The handler support RFC3164 or RFC5424 formats.

1.2.2 Logger

Loggers are used to log messages. A logger is defined by a category generally consisting of a package name or a class name.
A logger is the first step to determining if a messages should be logged or not. If a logger is defined with a level, the level of the message must be greater than the level defined on the logger. The filter is then checked next and the rules of the filter will determine whether or not the messages is said to be loggable.

A logger has the following attributes:

  • filter-spec – The filter-spec attribute is an expression based string to define filters for the logger.
  • #handlers – The handlers attribute is a list of handler names that should be attached to the logger. If the use-parent-handlers attribute is set to true and the log messages is determined to be loggable, parent loggers will continue to be processed.
  • #level – The level attribute allows the minimum level to allow messages to be logged at for the logger.
  • use-parent-handlers – The use-parent-handlers attribute is a boolean attribute to determine whether or not parent loggers should also process the log message.

1.2.3 Root Logger

The root logger defines the level of messages to be logged. You can use this to limit the logging. It reference a handler or set of handlers. Each handler in turn declares the log format and output:

1.2.4 Logging Profiles

Logging profiles are like additional logging subsystems. Each logging profile consists of handler configurations, logger and the root logger declarations.

You can assign a logging profile to a deployment via the deployments manifest. Add a Logging-Profile entry to the MANIFEST.MF file with a value of the logging profile id. For example a logging profile defined on /subsystem=logging/logging-profile=demo the MANIFEST.MF would look like:

Manifest-Version: 1.0
Logging-Profile: demo

One logging profile can be assigned to multiple deployments. Using a logging profile allows you to make runtime changes to the configuration. This is an advantage over the per-deployment logging configuration as you won’t have to redeploy the application for logging changes to take affect.

1.3 Logging Formatter

Logging formatter is used to format the log messages. A formatter can be assigned to a handler. WildFly logging subsystem includes following type of formatters:

  • JSON Formatter – It’s used to format log messages in JSON
  • Pattern Formatter – It’s used to format log messages in plain text.
  • XML Formatter – It’s used to format log messages in XML
  • Custom Formatter – Note that most log records are formatted in the printf format.

2. WildFly Logging Configuration Example

Now it’s time to apply what we have learnt so far in a real world example. We will configure logging for our Web Application so that the log messages are written to our specified log file instead of default server log file. You can follow my previous article JBoss WildFly NetBeans Example to create a web application in NetBeans and running it on WildFly server or simply download the NetBeans project to follow along this example.

2.1 Technologies used

For this example, we will use the following tools in a Windows 64-bit platform:

  • NetBeans – 8.2
  • Java – 1.8.0_161
  • WildFly – 14.0.1

2.2 Logging Configuration

The default log files for a standalone server can be found in the log subdirectory. The folder path is ./standalone/log/server.log. The configuration files are in XML format and are available in ./standalone/configuration. As we are using the full standalone version of the server we are interested in standalone-full.xml configuration file. Before making any changes make sure to take a back up of the file. Open the file in any text editor and add the following code to the logging subsystem section.


<periodic-rotating-file-handler name="MY_HANDLER" autoflush="true">
    <named-formatter name="PATTERN"/>
  <file relative-to="jboss.server.log.dir" path="jboss-wildfly-netbeans-example.log"/>
  <suffix value=".yyyy-MM-dd"/>
  <append value="true"/>
<logger category="com.jcg" use-parent-handlers="false">
  <level name="INFO"/>
    <handler name="MY_HANDLER"/>
  • Line 1: We are adding a handler; periodic-rotating-file-handler to be specific with name MY_HANDLER
  • Line 2 – 4: We are using the formatter called PATTERN. It’s already defined in the configuration file. We are simply using it.
  • Line 5: This is where we specify the location of our log file. In this case, our log file will be placed in whichever folder is defined for the server log files.
  • Line 6: The date will be suffixed to the file when it’s rotated
  • Line 7: Flag to indicate that the date will be appended to the file name
  • Line 9: Logger category is a . (dot) delimited string generally consisting of the package name or a class name. In this case, the logger com.jcg is the parent logger of com.jcg.wildflyexample
  • Line 10: The level attribute allows the minimum level to allow messages to be logged at for the logger. In this case we are logging anything above INFO level
  • Line 11 – 13: Making sure the logger uses our handler called MY_HANDLER

That’s all we need for now. Save the file.

2.3 Java Code Change

Let’s modify our Java Bean code so that the log messages are written to the new log file instead of default server log file. Following is the listing of our GreetingsBean.java file. We will review only the new code.


package com.jcg.wildflyexample;

import javax.inject.Named;
import javax.enterprise.context.RequestScoped;
import org.jboss.logging.Logger;

 * @author Satya Choudhury
@Named(value = "greetingsBean")
public class GreetingsBean {

    private String userName = "";
    private static Logger log = Logger.getLogger(GreetingsBean.class.getName());
     * Creates a new instance of GreetingsBean
    public GreetingsBean() {
        //System.out.println("Created GreetingsBean instance...");
        log.info("Created GreetingsBean instance...");
    public String getUserName() {
        return this.userName.trim();
    public void setUserName(String userName) {
        this.userName = userName.trim();
    public String greetUser() {
        return "greeting";
  • Line 5: We imported the WildFly logger package
  • Line 16: We defined a private static variable called Log, which is a handle to the logger
  • Line 23: We logged an informational message. There are methods available for debug, warn, etc. I will encourage you to read the documentation.

We are ready to see the configuration in action so, save the file and run the application. NetBeans will start the server and deploy the application. On the welcome page of our application, enter a name then press submit. Verify that the new log file is generated and log messages are written correctly. To do so, navigate to the log folder of the server. You should see the log file. In my case the log file is named jboss-wildfly-netbeans-example.log file.

JBoss WildfFly Logging Configuration - WildFly log file
WildFly log file

JBoss WildfFly Logging Configuration - WildFly log file contents
WildFly log file contents

3. JBoss WildfFly Logging Configuration – Summary

In this example, we reviewed the various attributes and options available for logging configuration of WildFly server. We applied the configuration to our web application to generate separate log files instead of writing the log messages to default server log file.

4. Download the Source Code

This was an example of JBoss WildFly logging configuration.

You can download the full source code of this example: Download the NetBeans project

Satya Choudhury

Satya Choudhury is a IT professional with over 23+ years of experience in multiple technologies such as Java, IBM AS/400 (iSeries) and Web (PHP, Vuejs, Codeigniter, Bootstrap, etc.). Apart from programming he also possess excellent UI/UX design skills and runs his own store at http://satyatunes.com.
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4 years ago

Thanks! Great tuto!!

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