How to log every Request in SpringBoot 2.*


September 30, 2019

How to log every Request in SpringBoot


Imagine we have an web SpringBoot application containing a Controller. It returns a template index containing two links: on css file and on js file.

So we want to log every request from client while opening index.html:

  1. index.html
  2. test.css
  3. test.js

Enabling logging

We must set up the logging of our classes. Take a look at example of logback-spring.xml.

Build a Filter

Every Spring Web application have a chain on different filters. Every request flows through this filter chain before getting a controller.

So we can implement a logging filter and put it into Spring Filter Chain to achieve our goal.

public class RequestLoggingFilter extends OncePerRequestFilter {
    protected void doFilterInternal(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response, FilterChain filterChain) throws ServletException, IOException {
                String.format("FILTERED URL: %s", request.getRequestURI())

        //continue filtering
        filterChain.doFilter(request, response);

Using @Slf4j annotation get us to decrease boilerplate code to have a logger in a class.

We must annotate our class with @Component annotation to make SpringBoot to instantiate this class as spring bean in Singleton scope.

Our class extends OncePerRequestFilter abstract class so every request goes through our filter only once.

And we are able to log anything regarding the request inside doFilterInternal method.


You may run testControllerLoggingWithFilter to see the result

@Test(expected = HttpClientErrorException.NotFound.class)
public void testControllerLoggingWithFilter() {
    restTemplate.getForObject("http://localhost:"+port+"/", String.class);
    restTemplate.getForObject("http://localhost:"+port+"/test.js", String.class);
    restTemplate.getForObject("http://localhost:"+port+"/test.css", String.class);
    restTemplate.getForObject("http://localhost:"+port+"/does-not-exist.file", String.class);

So our goal is achieved. We can see all files we request and not existing file too.

Building a Handler Interceptor

Handler interceptors have more power to process your requests since they handle not the fact of request but its events: before request, after request, after completion.

You can check out Spring class org.springframework.web.servlet.handler.HandlerInterceptorAdapter to see its methods we are able to implement in our handler.

Lets our handler implement preHandle and postHandle events:

public boolean preHandle(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response, Object handler) throws Exception {
            String.format("HANDLER(pre) URL: %s", request.getRequestURI())

    return super.preHandle(request, response, handler);

public void postHandle(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response, Object handler, ModelAndView modelAndView) throws Exception {
            String.format("HANDLER(post) URL: %s", request.getRequestURI())

    super.postHandle(request, response, handler, modelAndView);

But the handler will not work until we actually tell Spring to use it. We must build a configuration to enable our handler.

public class WebApplicationConfiguration implements WebMvcConfigurer {

    @Setter(onMethod_ = @Autowired)
    private RequestLoggingHandler requestLogger;

    public void addInterceptors(InterceptorRegistry registry) {


Lets start our test to check out the result!

Spring way to log requests

Spring provides a mechanism to log every request out of the box - CommonsRequestLoggingFilter bean.

You can implement an instance of this class ...

public CommonsRequestLoggingFilter logFilter() {
    CommonsRequestLoggingFilter filter = new CommonsRequestLoggingFilter();
    filter.setAfterMessagePrefix("REQUEST DATA : ");
    return filter;

... and then set up logging level into logback-spring.xml located into resources or providing it externally ...

<logger name="org.springframework.web.filter.CommonsRequestLoggingFilter">
    <level value="DEBUG" />

... to enable requests logging.


Starting our test we have the result:


full code is available on my GitHub repo

on September 30, 2019