How to configure the access log in Tomcat

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The $CATALINA_HOME/conf/server.xml file controls how events are written to the access log. By default, the server.xml file should have something similar to the following.

<Valve className="org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve" directory="logs"
       prefix="localhost_access_log" suffix=".txt"
       pattern="%h %l %u %t &quot;%r&quot; %s %b" />

 

The above will create log files in the $CATALINA_HOME/logs/ directory. The log files will be named localhost_access_log.date.txt.

Let's use a scenario where the Tomcat server has IP address 10.0.0.1 and a client with IP address 10.0.0.2 navigates to http://tomcat_hostname:8080 to get the Tomcat web interface. This will write the following events in the access log. The access log contains the IP address of the remote machine, the date and time a request was requested, the resource that was requested, and the status code.

10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 11256
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /tomcat.css HTTP/1.1" 200 5581
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /tomcat.png HTTP/1.1" 304 -
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /bg-nav.png HTTP/1.1" 304 -
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /asf-logo-wide.svg HTTP/1.1" 304 -
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /bg-upper.png HTTP/1.1" 304 -
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /bg-middle.png HTTP/1.1" 304 -
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /bg-button.png HTTP/1.1" 304 -
10.0.0.2 - - [07/Jul/2017:10:07:47 -0500] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 200 21630

 



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