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The JFrog Platform provides standardized logs for all JFrog products and their services. All logs include a standard format and naming convention.

This page describes the different available logs, their location in the system directory and how they should be used.

Additional References

For more information, see the System Architecture and System Directories pages.

Log Files Location and Naming

For each JFrog service you will find its active log files in the $JFROG_HOME/<product>/var/log directory. For consistency, each log file is prefixed by its service name and a dash, <service-name>-service.logFor example, artifactory-service.log and router-request.log

The following log files are include for all JFrog Services:

Service Log

For example: artifactory-service.log

Main service log file for each microservice, containing data on the service activity.
Request Log
For example: artifactory-request.log
Lists all http requests (including gRPC) that were made to the service.
Console Log


Combined log file that contains server activity for all microservices.
In Windows, microservices will have separate console log files named <service-name>-console.log

Archived Logs

Each log file has default rolling policy which will compress the log file and move it to the $JFROG_HOME/<product>/var/log/archived  folder.

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Log File Structure

The Request and Access log files each display specific type of activity and as such have a consistent and specific file structure for maximum readability

Service Log

The service log file console pattern uses colors to highlight the service type and message level. On Windows console colors should be disabled.

Service log file record structure
Timestamp (UTC) [Service Type] [Level] [Trace Id] [Class and Line Number] [Thread] - Message
Service log file record sample
2018-11-18T15:39:04.902Z [jfac ] [INFO ]  [4b1b8a0b04e31b80] [s.r.NodeRegistryServiceImpl:44] [http-exec-4         ] - request to "join" with serviceId jffe@000
The date and time the message was logged, in UTC time with the standard format: [yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ] based on RFC-33392018-11-18T15:39:04.902Z
Service Type

The service type, color coordinated with a specific color for each service, including:

  • Artifactory: Bright Green
  • Access: Yellow
  • Event: Bright Cyan
  • Router: Cyan
  • Tomcat: Magenta
  • Metadata: Bright Blue
  • Xray: Yellow

Cross product services (such as router, tomcat, scripts) use the same color.


The service identifier as a 4 to 6 character long, including:

  • Access: jfac
  • Artifactory: jfrt
  • Xray: jfxr
  • Xray Indexer: jfxidx
  • Xray Analysis: jfxana
  • Xray Persist: jfxpst
  • Distribution: jfds
  • Distributor: jfdr
  • Metadata: jfmd
  • Router: jfrpg
  • Frontend: jffe
  • Mission Control: jfmc
  • Insight Server: jfisv
  • Insight Scheduler: jfisc
  • Insight Executor: jfiex
  • Replicator: jfrep
  • Pipelines: jfpip
[jfrt ]
Trace Id
The trace id value. Trace id is used to identify a request across services4b1b8a0b04e31b80
Class and Line Number
The fully qualified class name and line number printing this log entry.s.r.NodeRegistryServiceImpl:44
The thread printing this log entry. "main" if not java.[http-exec-4         ]
The log entry message.Hello JFrog

Request Log

The request log file pattern contains a list of pipe ("|") separated values. The file pattern will contain the same number of columns, if a value is missing it will be empty.

Note: If not provided by the client, the 'Request Content-Length' value is initialised as "-1". 

Request log file record structure
Timestamp | Trace ID | Remote Address | Username | Request method | Request URL | Return Status | Request Content Length | Response Content Length | Request Duration | Request User Agent
Request log file record sample
2018-11-18T15:39:04.902Z|d5d75b3c41242768||anonymous|GET|api/v1/cert/root|200|0|6|0|JFrog Access Java Client/4.1.12
The date and time the request was completed and entered into the log file, in UTC time with the standard format: [yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ].2018-11-18T15:39:04.902Z
Trace ID
The trace id value.4b1b8a0b04e31b80
Remote Address
The IP address of the remote caller (ipv4 or ipv6).
The requesting user's username or "anonymous" when accessed anonymously.benn
Request method
The HTTP request method, in UPPERCASE.
Request URL
The relative URL for the request.api/v1/cert/root
Return Status
The HTTP return code for the request.201
Response Content Length

The size of the server response in bytes, for example, the size of downloaded file.
-1 if unknown (for example, chunked encoding).

Request Content Length
The size of the user request in bytes, for example, the size of an uploaded file. -1 if unknown.
Request Duration
The time in ms for the request to process.
Request User Agent
The request user agent.

JFrog Access Java Client/4.1.12

Router Request Log

The JFrog Router has a JSON based access log containing all the requests that went through the Router, including service service communication.

Below is an example of an entry in the Router request log (router-request.log)

Router Request Log Entry
  "BackendAddr": "http://localhost:8049",
  "ClientAddr": "",
  "DownstreamContentSize": 2,
  "DownstreamStatus": 200,
  "Duration": 8353000,
  "RequestMethod": "GET",
  "RequestPath": "/router/api/v1/system/ping",
  "StartUTC": "2020-11-12T11:53:03.605300906Z",
  "request_Uber-Trace-Id": "4ccb40200c199346:1a3f95ce1b27711d:71e15f8b6031c9e9:0",
  "request_User-Agent": "curl/7.54.0",  
  "time": "2019-08-05T14:42:09+03:00",
  "level": "info",
  "msg": ""
Address of the backend server the request was forwarded tohttp://localhost:8049
The IP address of the remote caller in its original form (ipv4 or ipv6, usually IP:port).
The number of bytes in the response entity returned to the client.2
The HTTP return code for the request.200
The time in nanoseconds for the request to process.8353000
The HTTP request method, in UPPERCASE.
The relative URL for the request./router/api/v1/system/ping

The date and time request processing has started, in UTC time with the standard format: [yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSSSSSSSZ].


The full trace id value.4ccb40200c199346:1a3f95ce1b27711d:71e15f8b6031c9e9:0
The request user agent.curl/7.54.0
The date and time the request was completed and entered into the log file, in UTC time with the standard format: [yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ]


time / msg
Default info and empty message

Console Log

The console log file appends the console outputs of all services into one common log file.

Log rotation is configured to occur every hour using a cron job for Docker Compose and native installations.

Log rotation is not available in the following installations:

  1. Archive
  2. Mac/Windows
  3. Manual Docker Compose (which don't use the bundled script)

Since this file is written to by all services and can grow quickly, it is recommended to manage it by either by disabling it using the shared.logging.consoleLog.enabled configuration in the system.yaml, or by setting up your own log rotation.

Viewing Log Files from the UI

You can view essential Platform log files from the UI.

Important Details

This feature is supported on a JFrog Self-Hosted solution only.

To view system logs:

  1. In the Administration module, go to Monitoring | System Logs.
  2. Select the JFrog service you want to view logs for.
  3. Select the node.
  4. Select the file you want to view.
    The log tail view is automatically refreshed every few seconds, however can be paused and resumed if you wish to browse the log.

To save system resources, do not leave the log view open in your browser unnecessarily.

Sending Logs to Syslog

Some sites want to consolidate logs into the syslog facility. The following steps will enable you to send your Java microservices logs to syslog.

Configure the logback library

Edit the logback xml file in the $JFROG_HOME/<product>/var/etc/<microservice>/logback.xml file. For example, to configure Artifactory to use syslog, edit the $JFROG_HOME/artifactory/var/etc/artifactory/logback.xml file.

  1. Add the following syslog appender to the logback xml (next to the other appenders)

    <appender name="SYSLOG" class= "">
     <suffixPattern>[%thread] %logger %msg</suffixPattern>
  2. Add the following appender to the output:

     <level value="warn"/> 
     <appender-ref ref="CONSOLE"/> 
     <appender-ref ref="FILE"/>
     <appender-ref ref="SYSLOG"/>
  3. Save the file, and restart the service.

Configure syslog on your machine

Since logback is using internet sockets, you have to make sure your syslog facility accepts them. Modern Linux distributions are using the rsyslog daemon for syslogging. Ensure that the configuration for internet domain sockets is enabled, either by editing /etc/rsyslog.conf and uncommenting:

# Provides UDP syslog reception 
$ModLoad imudp
$UDPServerRun 514
# Provides TCP syslog reception 
$ModLoad imtcp
$InputTCPServerRun 514

or placing it in a file under /etc/rsyslog.d ending in .conf.

Restart rsyslog.

 service rsyslog restart

Configuring Log Verbosity

There are two ways to configure log verbosity, depending on if your JFrog microservice is logback based (Java microservices) or not.

Using logback (Java based microservices)

The verbosity of any Java based logger in your system can be configured by entering or modifying the level value in the corresponding entry in the Logback configuration file JFROG_HOME/<product>/var/etc/<microservice>/logback.xml. For example, to configure the Artifactory log verbosity, edit the $JFROG_HOME/artifactory/var/etc/artifactory/logback.xml file.

Changes made to the logging configuration are reloaded within several seconds without requiring a restart.

Modifying the verbosity of a logger in logback.xml
 <logger name="org.artifactory.http.out" level="debug"/>

Using system.yaml (non Java microservices)

The verbosity of any non Java based logger in your system can be configured by entering or modifying the level value in the corresponding entry in the system.yaml configuration file JFROG_HOME/<product>/var/etc/system.yaml.

Changes made to the logging configuration requires a restart.

Modifying the verbosity of a logger in system.yaml
      level: info
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