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Request logs are a record of the requests that the server has processed. There is one entry per request received, and commonly in the standard NCSA format so they can be conveniently analysed by tools like webalizer.


Request Log Entry

A standard request log entry includes the client IP, date, method, URL, result, size, referrer and user agent. eg: - - [27/Aug/2004:10:16:17 +0000]
  "GET /jetty/tut/XmlConfiguration.html HTTP/1.1"
  200 76793 "http://localhost:8080/jetty/tut/logging.html"
  "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.8"


Jetty provides an implementation called NCSARequestLog which supports the NCSA format in files that can be rolled over on a daily basis.

The logback project offers another implementation of RequestLog interface providing very rich and powerful HTTP-access log functionality,

Alternatively, if neither of these options suits you, you can implement a custom request logger by implementing Jetty's interface and plugging it in in similar fashion to the NCSARequestLog, as shown below.

Configuring Request Log

To configure a single request log for the entire Jetty Server instance:

<Set name="handler">
  <New id="Handlers" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.HandlerCollection">
    <Set name="handlers">
      <Array type="org.eclipse.jetty.server.Handler">
          <New id="Contexts" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ContextHandlerCollection"/>
          <New id="DefaultHandler" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.DefaultHandler"/>
          <New id="RequestLog" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.RequestLogHandler"/>
<Ref id="RequestLog">
  <Set name="requestLog">
    <New id="RequestLogImpl" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.NCSARequestLog">
      <Arg><SystemProperty name="jetty.logs" default="./logs"/>/yyyy_mm_dd.request.log</Arg>
      <Set name="retainDays">90</Set>
      <Set name="append">true</Set>
      <Set name="extended">false</Set>
      <Set name="LogTimeZone">GMT</Set>

The equivalent code is:

HandlerCollection handlers = new HandlerCollection();
ContextHandlerCollection contexts = new ContextHandlerCollection();
RequestLogHandler requestLogHandler = new RequestLogHandler();
handlers.setHandlers(new Handler[]{contexts,new DefaultHandler(),requestLogHandler});
NCSARequestLog requestLog = new NCSARequestLog("./logs/jetty-yyyy_mm_dd.request.log");

This configures a request log in $JETTY_HOME/logs with filenames including the date. Old log files are kept for 90 days before being deleted. Existing log files are appended to and the extended NCSA format is used in the GMT timezone.

There are many more configuration options available - see

Additional Resources

Configuring Separate Request Log For Web Application

The following configuration should be added to the <context>.xml file in order to configure a separate request log for a web application.

<Configure class="org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext">
  <Set name="handler">
    <New id="RequestLog" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.RequestLogHandler">
      <Set name="requestLog">
        <New id="RequestLogImpl" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.NCSARequestLog">
          <Set name="filename"><Property name="jetty.logs" default="./logs"/>/test-yyyy_mm_dd.request.log</Set>
          <Set name="filenameDateFormat">yyyy_MM_dd</Set>
          <Set name="LogTimeZone">GMT</Set>
          <Set name="retainDays">90</Set>
          <Set name="append">true</Set>

Configuring time format in CustomRequestLog

If you are using CustomRequestLog in embedded jetty. CustomRequestLog takes a format string as documented in the javadocs. Some examples can be gleaned from CustomRequestLog source codes:

    public static final String DEFAULT_DATE_FORMAT = "dd/MMM/yyyy:HH:mm:ss ZZZ";
    public static final String NCSA_FORMAT = "%{client}a - %u %t \"%r\" %s %O";
    public static final String EXTENDED_NCSA_FORMAT = NCSA_FORMAT + " \"%{Referer}i\" \"%{User-Agent}i\"";

What is a little less obvious is how to use the %t time format spec. The time format spec takes a form of


Those '|' characters and the braces around the parameter are necessary. For example, to specify a different timezone. the format string looks this way:

"%{client}a - %u %{dd/MMM/yyyy:HH:mm:ss ZZZ|GMT+5}t \"%r\" %s %O"

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