log4jdbc is a Java JDBC driver that can log SQL and/or JDBC calls (and optionally SQL timing information) for other JDBC drivers using the Simple Logging Facade For Java (SLF4J) logging system.
2023-04-03 Finally converted the ancient Google code help text to Github markdown with some minor updates. Only 8 years late! Also merged a couple of minor simple PRs. Cursory updates for JDK 1.8 / JDBC 4.2
If you are using an older version of the JDBC driver with JDK 1.8+, JDBC should be able to properly wrap that driver even though log4jdbc is coded for JDBC 4.2.
In many cases, you already know this, because it is dictated by your existing application. log4jdbc uses the Simple Logging Facade for Java (SLF4J) which is a very simple and very flexible little library that lets you pick among many common java logging systems: * Log4j * java.util logging in JDK 1.4 * logback * Jakarta Commons Logging.
SLF4J is designed to de-couple your application from the java logging system so you can choose any one you want.
Latest stable version of SLF4J.
You will need two jars: slf4j-api-2.0.7.jar (or the latest available version) and whichever jar you pick depending on the java logging system you choose.
Place these two .jar files into your application's classpath.
Please read the documentation at the SLF4J website. It's really easy to set up!
The underlying driver that is being spied on in many cases will be loaded automatically without any additional configuration.
The log4jdbc "spy" driver will try and load the following popular jdbc drivers:
|Driver Class||Database Type|
|oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver||Older Oracle Driver|
|oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver||Newer Oracle Driver|
|net.sourceforge.jtds.jdbc.Driver||jTDS SQL Server & Sybase driver|
|com.microsoft.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver||Microsoft SQL Server 2000 driver|
|com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc.SQLServerDriver||Microsoft SQL Server 2005 driver|
|weblogic.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver||Weblogic SQL Server driver|
|org.apache.derby.jdbc.ClientDriver||Apache Derby client/server driver, aka the Java DB|
|org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDriver||Apache Derby embedded driver, aka the Java DB|
|org.hsqldb.jdbcDriver||HSQLDB pure Java database|
|org.h2.Driver||H2 pure Java database|
If you want to use a different underlying jdbc driver that is not already in the above supported list, set a system property, log4jdbc.drivers to the class name of the additional driver. This can also be a comma separated list of driver class names if you need more than one.
If you don't want to attempt to auto-load drivers at all, you can set a system property, log4jdbc.auto.load.popular.drivers to false. In this case, it will only load the drivers specified in the log4jdbc.drivers property.
For example, if your normal jdbc url is
then You would change it to:
to use log4jdbc.
There are 5 loggers that are used by log4jdbc, If all 5 are turned off (or for example, set to a level less than error, such as the FATAL level in log4j), then log4jdbc will not log anything and in fact the actual (real) connection to the underlying database will be returned by the log4jdbc driver (thus allowing log4jdbc to be installed and available to turn on at runtime at a moment's notice without imposing any actual performance loss when not being used). If any of the 5 logs are set to ERROR level or above (e.g ERROR, INFO or DEBUG) then log4jdbc will be activated, wrapping and logging activity in the JDBC connections returned by the underlying driver.
Each of these logs can be set at either DEBUG, INFO or ERROR level.
|jdbc.sqlonly||Logs only SQL. SQL executed within a prepared statement is automatically shown with it's bind arguments replaced with the data bound at that position, for greatly increased readability.||1.0|
|jdbc.sqltiming||Logs the SQL, post-execution, including timing statistics on how long the SQL took to execute.||1.0|
|jdbc.audit||Logs ALL JDBC calls except for ResultSets. This is a very voluminous output, and is not normally needed unless tracking down a specific JDBC problem.||1.0|
|jdbc.resultset||Even more voluminous, because all calls to ResultSet objects are logged.||1.0|
|jdbc.connection||Logs connection open and close events as well as dumping all open connection numbers. This is very useful for hunting down connection leak problems.||1.2alpha1|
Additionally, there is one logger named log4jdbc.debug which is for use with internal debugging of log4jdbc. At this time it just prints out information on which underlying drivers were found and not found when the log4jdbc spy driver loads.
In a typical usage scenario, you might turn on only the jdbc.sqlonly logging at INFO level, just to view the SQL coming out of your program.
Then if you wanted to view how long each SQL statement is taking to execute, you might use jdbc.sqltiming.
jdbc.audit, jdbc.resultset and jdbc.connection are used for more in depth diagnosis of what is going on under the hood with JDBC as potentially almost every single call to JDBC could be logged (logs can grow very large, very quickly with jdbc.audit and jdbc.resultset!)
Because SLF4J can be used with many popular java logging systems, the setup for your loggers will vary depending on which underlying logging system you use. Sample configuration files for log4j are provided here: log4j.xml and log4j.properties.
When logging at the DEBUG level, the class file and line number (if available) for the class that invoked JDBC is logged after each log statement. This is enormously useful for finding where in the code the SQL is generated. Be careful when using this on a production system because there is a small, but potentially significant penalty performance for generating this data on each logging statement.
In many cases, this call stack data is not very useful because the calling class into log4jdbc is a connection pool, object-persistance layer or other layer between log4jdbc and your application code-- but the class file and line number information you really are interested in seeing is where in your application the SQL was generated from.
Set the log4jdbc.debug.stack.prefix System property for log4jdc to help get around this problem:
Where is a String that is the partial (or full) package prefix for the package name of your application. The call stack will be searched down to the first occurence of a class that has the matching prefix. If this is not set, the actual class that called into log4jdbc is used in the debug output (in many cases this will be a connection pool class)
For example, setting a system property such as this:
Would cause the call stack to be searched for the first call that came from code in the com.mycompany.myapp package or below, thus if all of your SQL generating code was in code located in the com.mycompany.myapp package or any subpackages, this would be printed in the debug information, rather than the package name for a connection pool, object relational system, etc.
log4jdbc options are controlled via system properties. The simplest way to set these is with the java -D command line option. For example:
java -Dlog4jdbc.drivers=my.funky.DriverClass -classpath ./classes my.funky.Program
Starting with log4jdbc 1.2 beta 2, you can also define any of these property settings in a file named log4jdbc.properties stored in the classpath. log4jdbc will look for properties both in this file (if it exists) and in the system properties, with the file taking precedence for any properties defined in both locations.
|log4jdbc.drivers||One or more fully qualified class names for JDBC drivers that log4jdbc should load and wrap. If more than one driver needs to be specified here, they should be comma separated with no spaces. This option is not normally needed because most popular JDBC drivers are already loaded by default-- this should be used if one or more additional JDBC drivers that (log4jdbc doesn't already wrap) needs to be included.||1.0|
|log4jdbc.auto.load.popular.drivers||true||Set this to false to disable the feature where popular drivers are automatically loaded. If this is false, you must set the log4jdbc.drivers property in order to load the driver(s) you want.||1.2beta2|
|log4jdbc.debug.stack.prefix||The partial (or full) package prefix for the package name of your application. The call stack will be searched down to the first occurrence of a class that has the matching prefix. If this is not set, the actual class that called into log4jdbc is used in the debug output (in many cases this will be a connection pool class.) For example, setting a system property such as this: -Dlog4jdbc.debug.stack.prefix=com.mycompany.myapp Would cause the call stack to be searched for the first call that came from code in the com.mycompany.myapp package or below, thus if all of your sql generating code was in code located in the com.mycompany.myapp package or any subpackages, this would be printed in the debug information, rather than the package name for a connection pool, object relational system, etc.||1.0|
|log4jdbc.sqltiming.warn.threshold||Millisecond time value. Causes SQL that takes the number of milliseconds specified or more time to execute to be logged at the warning level in the sqltiming log. Note that the sqltiming log must be enabled at the warn log level for this feature to work. Also the logged output for this setting will log with debug information that is normally only shown when the sqltiming log is enabled at the debug level. This can help you to more quickly find slower running SQL without adding overhead or logging for normal running SQL that executes below the threshold level (if the logging level is set appropriately.)||1.1beta1|
|log4jdbc.sqltiming.error.threshold||Millisecond time value. Causes SQL that takes the number of milliseconds specified or more time to execute to be logged at the error level in the sqltiming log. Note that the sqltiming log must be enabled at the error log level for this feature to work. Also the logged output for this setting will log with debug information that is normally only shown when the sqltiming log is enabled at the debug level. This can help you to more quickly find slower running SQL without adding overhead or logging for normal running SQL that executes below the threshold level (if the logging level is set appropriately.)||1.1beta1|
|log4jdbc.dump.booleanastruefalse||false||When dumping boolean values in SQL, dump them as 'true' or 'false'. If this option is not set, they will be dumped as 1 or 0 as many databases do not have a boolean type, and this allows for more portable sql dumping.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.sql.maxlinelength||90||When dumping SQL, if this is greater than 0, than the dumped SQL will be broken up into lines that are no longer than this value. Set this value to 0 if you don't want log4jdbc to try and break the SQL into lines this way. In future versions of log4jdbc, this will probably default to 0.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.fulldebugstacktrace||false||If dumping in debug mode, dump the full stack trace. This will result in EXTREMELY voluminous output, but can be very useful under some circumstances when trying to track down the call chain for generated SQL.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.sql.select||true||Set this to false to suppress SQL select statements in the output.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.sql.insert||true||Set this to false to suppress SQL insert statements in the output.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.sql.update||true||Set this to false to suppress SQL update statements in the output.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.sql.delete||true||Set this to false to suppress SQL delete statements in the output.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.sql.create||true||Set this to false to suppress SQL create statements in the output.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.dump.sql.addsemicolon||false||Set this to true to add an extra semicolon to the end of SQL in the output. This can be useful when you want to generate SQL from a program with log4jdbc in order to create a script to feed back into a database to run at a later time.||1.2alpha1|
|log4jdbc.statement.warn||false||Set this to true to display warnings (Why would you care?) in the log when Statements are used in the log. NOTE, this was always true in releases previous to 1.2alpha2. It is false by default starting with release 1.2 alpha 2.||1.2alpha2|
|log4jdbc.trim.sql||true||Set this to false to not trim the logged SQL. (Previous versions always trimmed the SQL.)||1.2beta2|
|log4jdbc.trim.sql.extrablanklines||true||Set this to false to not trim extra blank lines in the logged SQL (by default, when more than one blank line in a row occurs, the contiguous lines are collapsed to just one blank line.) (Previous versions didn't trim extra blank lines at all.)||1.2|
|log4jdbc.suppress.generated.keys.exception||false||Set to true to ignore any exception produced by the method, Statement.getGeneratedKeys() (Useful for using log4jdbc with Coldfusion.)||1.2beta2|
A simple tool is included which you can use to post-process sql timing logs produced by log4jdbc. It can output simple profiling reports with statistics and a dump of the sql statements that ran the slowest within the log. To invoke the tool, use profsql.sh (for unix/linux) and profsql.cmd (for windows) located in the scripts folder. These scripts take as one argument, the filename of a sql timing log (generated from the jdbc.sqltiming log category. They produce a profiling report to stdout. The tool is currently experimental and I expect it to evolve quite a bit over the next few releases. Nevertheless, it has already been very useful to me for tracking down SQL performance problems.
Some other tools and libraries that are similiar to log4jdbc.
P6Spy (link dead as of 2023) is probably the most well known JDBC logging driver but it hasn't been updated in over 5 years.
Craftsman Spy appears to overlap quite a bit with the feature set in log4jdbc. This library hasn't been updated in 2 years and depends on Jakarta Commons Logging.
JAMon (Java Application Monitor) is a comprehensive application monitor and monitoring API which includes JDBC/SQL monitoring as part of it's very large feature set.
JdbcProxy The driver can also emulate another JDBC driver to test the application without a database.
LogDriver (link 404s as of 2023) appears to be similiar to log4jdbc and the author has written a (nice article)[http://java.sys-con.com/read/204723.htm] (404s as of 2023) on JDBC logging in general and his motivation and experience of writing LogDriver.
And yet another JDBC logger
log4jdbc-remix an experimental fork of log4jdbc with some interesting features.
jdbcdslog Another new jdbc wrapper with a lot of crossover with log4jdbc features.
SqlRecorder A library that is a wrapper around a JDBC driver to record all executed queries to different locations like a file,console or any other remote server via plugins.
log4jdbc-log4j2 Another fork of log4jdbc that includes the log4jdbc-remix fork and other features of it's own.
You can download prebuilt jars for older versions (2008-2012) at: https://code.google.com/archive/p/log4jdbc/downloads This would be most useful if using an older/ancient JDK for some reason (or needing JDBC 3 support)
There are various forks of log4jdbc out there in Maven. There has never been an official log4jdbc maven artifact published.