How to enable access logging for JBoss EAP 6?

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  • Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP)
    • 6.x


  • Activate instant http request access logging to file for the web subsystem
  • Access logs not generating.
  • Convert this configuration from an earlier version

    <Valve className="org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve" 
                    prefix="localhost_access_log." suffix=".log"
                    pattern="common" directory="${jboss.server.log.dir}" 
                    resolveHosts="false" />
  • Access log file shows false2015-11-11

  • Create access logs with different name format.


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This solution is part of the [Master] Configuring Access Logs in Red Hat Middleware Products..

By default there is no web logging enabled. In JBoss EAP 6, access logging can be configured per web application, or by virtual-server of the web subsystem.

Per Web Application Setting

Configure AccessLogValve setting in WEB-INF/jboss-web.xml to enable access logging for a web application. For example:

                <!-- use pattern letters defined in SimpleDateFormat.
                    This fileDateFormat setting affects to log rotation cycle
                <!-- default setting: daily -->
                <!-- hourly
                <!--  use constant text or replacement strings defined in 
           to pattern tokens.
                <!-- default setting: common (%h %l %u %t "%r" %s %b) -->
                <!-- combined (%h %l %u %t "%r" %s %b "%{Referer}i" "%{User-Agent}i") 
                <!-- combined + response time
                <param-value>%h %l %u %t %r %s %b %{Referer}i %{User-Agent}i TimeTaken: %T </param-value>
                <!-- combined + Session ID + Response time 
                <param-value>%h %l %u %t %r %s %b %{Referer}i %{User-Agent}i SessionID: %S TimeTaken: %T</param-value>

Note: This can be enabled/disabled by changing the above config and redeploying the application.

Via WebSubsystem

Run the following CLI commands standalone.xml. Prefix all commands with /profile=MYPROFILE for domain.xml. Restart the server for this to take effect.

    /subsystem=web/virtual-server=default-host/configuration=access-log:write-attribute(name="pattern",value="%h %l %u %t %r %s %b %{Referer}i %{User-Agent}i Cookie: %{COOKIE}i Set-Cookie: %{SET-COOKIE}o SessionID: %S Thread: %I TimeTaken: %T ")

Note Don't leave off the prefix because it will end up adding false.

This will result in:

    <access-log pattern="%h %l %u %t %r %s %b %{Referer}i %{User-Agent}i Cookie: %{COOKIE}i Set-Cookie: %{SET-COOKIE}o SessionID: %S Thread: %I TimeTaken: %T" prefix="access_log_"/>

By default, access logging is output under ${jboss.server.log.dir}/default-host i.e. under $JBOSS_HOME/standalone/log/default-home, but it's possible to change the directory:


This will result in the following XML:

        <path name="my.log.dir" path="/mnt/log/jboss"/>
    <subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:web:1.2" default-virtual-server="default-host" native="false">
        <connector name="http" protocol="HTTP/1.1" scheme="http" socket-binding="http"/>
        <virtual-server name="default-host" enable-welcome-root="true">
            <alias name="localhost"/>
            <alias name=""/>
            <access-log pattern="%h %l %u %t %r %s %b %{Referer}i %{User-Agent}i Cookie: %{COOKIE}i Set-Cookie %{SET-COOKIE}o SessionID: %S Thread: %I TimeTaken: %T" prefix="access_log_">
                <directory path="${}-accessLog" relative-to="my.log.dir" />

This would output access log under /mnt/log/jboss/my-access-log, please configure the following <directory> and <paths> setting. Leave off the directory settings if the default path is required.

Since JBoss Web is based on Apache Catalina, check AccessLogValvepage in Apache Tomcat documentation for more arguments to use.

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I am running JBoss in a container. I would like send the access logs to console/system log instead of directory as shown below. Is it possible ?


               <access-log pattern='%h %l %u %t %r %s %b %{Referer}i %{User-Agent}i %S %T'>
                   <directory path="${}-accessLog" relative-to="jboss.server.log.dir" />

Hello, can you update for EAP 7 too? Thanks, Gianluca

thanks for the link to the new KCS, both you and Masanobu

Hello, can you check this KCS for EAP7?

Is there a way to add the suffix parameter via the WebSubystem? Looking for a way to change our log files from -accessLog.yyy-mm-dd to -accessLog.yyyy-mm-dd.log. Don't really want to configure this for every application.

You can. It's described on the article above under Via Websubsystem.

I see how the file prefix is configured in the "Via WebSubsystem" section, but nothing about how to add a suffix parameter.

It's suffix. The Web Subsystem follows the JBoss Web specification that uses Catalina (Apache Tomcat). You can check the AccessLogValve documentation to check which parameters you can use.

The commands provided to use the CLI to add the access-log to the WebSubystem did not work for me with JBoss EAP 6.0.1.GA. The following commands did work:

/subsystem=web/virtual-server=default-host/access-log=configuration:write-attribute(name="pattern",value="%h %l %u %t %r %s %b %{Referer}i %{User-Agent}i Cookie: %{COOKIE}i Set-Cookie: %{SET-COOKIE}o SessionID: %S Thread: %I TimeTaken: %T ")