Log4j in Selenium: How to Download & use Log4j Properties File

What is Log4j in Selenium?

Log4j is a fast, flexible and reliable logging framework (APIS) written in Java developed in early 1996. It is distributed under the Apache Software License. Log4J has been ported to the C, C++, C#, Perl, Python, Ruby and Eiffel Languages. It is a tool used for small to large scale Selenium Automation projects.

Why use Log4j?

  • It is an open source
  • With Log4j, it is possible to store the flow details of our Selenium Automation in a file or databases
  • Log4j is used for large as well as small projects
  • In Log4j, we use log statements rather than SOPL statements in the code to know the status of a project while it is executing

Log4j Components

Log4j Components


It is responsible for logging information. To implement loggers into a project following steps need to be performed

Create an instance for logger class

Logger class is a Java-based utility that has got all the generic methods already implemented to use log4j

Define the Log4j level

Primarily there are five kinds of log levels

  1. All – This level of logging will log everything ( it turns all the logs on )
  2. DEBUG – print the debugging information and is helpful in development stage
  3. INFO – print informational message that highlights the progress of the application
  4. WARN – print information regarding faulty and unexpected system behavior.
  5. ERROR – print error message that might allow system to continue
  6. FATAL – print system critical information which are causing the application to crash
  7. OFF – No logging


It is used to deliver LogEvents to their destination. It decides what will happen with log information. In simple words, it is used to write the logs in file. Following are few types of Appenders

  1. ConsoleAppender logs to standard output
  2. File appender prints logs to some file
  3. Rolling file appender to a file with maximum size

Note: In log4j properties we can call appender with any name. There are other appenders as well but we will restrict to these few.


It is responsible for formatting logging information in different styles.

The Logger class provides different methods to handle logging activities. It provides two static methods for obtaining a Logger Object.

Public static Logger getRootLogger()
Public static Logger getLogger(String name)

How log4j is configured?

To configure log4j we have to decide which appender to implement. Accordingly, parameters of appender will be set.

  • We will use DEBUG level and RollingFileAppender
  • We will do two configurations or logs,
  • First: root logger, that will write all system generated logs in file name i.e. Selenium.logs
  • Second: Will write the information generated by manual commands in code into the file name- Manual.logs
  • Layout will be PatternLayout
  • #Root logger

    log4j.appender.file.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{ABSOLUTE} %5p %c<strong>{1}</strong>:%L - %m%n

    #Application Logs

    log4j.logger.devpinoyLogger=DEBUG, dest1
    log4j.appender.dest1.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss} %c %m%n
    log4j.appender.dest1.File=D:\\ Guru99\\src\\Manual.logs

    In the above Example, we have configured log4j to log in two different files named as Selenium.log and Manual.log.

    • file and dest1 are the two identifiers.
    • “File” is used to give file name in which logs will be saved
    • “maxFileSize” is used to configure the maximum size of the log file. When file reaches this size, a new file will be created with the same name and the old file name will be add as an Index to it.
    • “maxBackupIndex” is used to configure maximum number of files to be backup.
    • “layout” is used to set the format of the log file.
    • “Append” is used to set append function. If it is set to false, than every time a new file will be created rather than old file will be used for logging

    How log4j is used within script?

    In code, we have used “log” as a reference variable referencing getLogger method of Logger Class

    Logger log = Logger.getLogger("devpinoyLogger");

    Use “log” referencing variable and debug method to log the information we want.


    What is a LogExpert tool?

    1. LogExpert tool is a tool for Windows developed to tail the logs
    2. It is free and open source log viewer.
    3. It is a log analysis tool with multiple features like searching, filtering, bookmarking and highlighting the logs
    4. In this tool logs, files get automatically updated when opened
    5. In this tool, we can open multiple log file in different tabs
    6. We can also put comments on bookmarks, and there is the shortcut key to navigate in between different bookmarks. We can also see complete bookmark list and navigate from there
    7. Shortcuts of the tool are given in help file so that they can be referred to the tool.

    How to use Log4j in Selenium

    Step 1) In Eclipse create a new project with name log4j_demo

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    Step 2) Right click on src -> Build Path -> Configure Build Path

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    Step 3) Click on Libraries and Add Log4J Library . You can download it from https://logging.apache.org/log4j/1.2/download.html

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    Step 4) Create a new file. This file will include all the log4j configuration

    1. Right click on src -> New -> Other -> General -> File
    2. Give the file name as “log4j.properties”
    3. Click on Finish

    Create two more files and give them names such as Selenium.logs and Manual.logs. These files will contain all the logs created by system and manually logged statements

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    Step 5) In log4j.properties copy the entire configuration.

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    Step 6) Create main class:

    1. Right click on default package -> New -> Class
    2. Give the class name and click on finish

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    Step 7) Copy the following code in to the main class

    import org.openqa.selenium.By;
    import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
    import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
    import org.apache.log4j.Logger;
    public class LoggingDemo {
    		* @param args
        public static void main(String[] args) {
             // TODO Auto-generated method stub
             WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();
             Logger log = Logger.getLogger("devpinoyLogger");
    		 log.debug("opening webiste");
             driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(20, TimeUnit.SECONDS);
    		 log.debug("entring weight");
             log.debug("selecting kilograms");
             log.debug("selecting height in feet");
             log.debug("selecting height in inchs");
             log.debug("Clicking on calculate");
    		 log.debug("Getting SIUnit value");
             String SIUnit = driver.findElement(By.name("si")).getAttribute("value");
             log.debug("Getting USUnit value");
             String USUnit = driver.findElement(By.name("us")).getAttribute("value");
             log.debug("Getting UKUnit value");
             String UKUnit = driver.findElement(By.name("uk")).getAttribute("value");
             log.debug("Getting overall description");
             String note = driver.findElement(By.name("desc")).getAttribute("value");
             System.out.println("SIUnit = " + SIUnit);
             System.out.println("USUnit = " + USUnit);
             System.out.println("UKUnit = " + UKUnit);
             System.out.println("note = " + note); 

    In the above code, we visit https://healthunify.com/bmicalculator/and verify BMI calculator. The weight entered is 87KG and the height is 5 Feet 10 inches. The script checks output in SE, US and UK units.

    Using Logger.getLogger(“devpinoyLogger”) we create system level logs

    Using log.debug method we store data into Manual.log

    Step 8) Run the script. Open the location of Manual and Selenium logs to check logging data.

    How LogExpert tool can be used to analyze logs

    1. Download the tool from https://github.com/zarunbal/LogExpert . Go to LogExpert download folder

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    2. Open LogExpert.exe
    3. Click on File -> Open and Browse to the path where Manual.log and Selenium.log files are stored. Select the file
    4. Select the “Follow tail” option

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      Selecting follow tail option enables tailing of logs which means LogExpert automatically updates the log file when script is in execution phase. If we use any other editor like notepad then we have to close and reopen the file again and again to update the logs. But with ExpertTool in Follow Tail Mode this is not required.

      Following images shows the layout of the logs

      LogExpert Tool Can Be Used To Analyze Log

      LogExpert Tool Can Be Used To Analyze Log

    Using LogExpert tool, one can debug logs created by the selenium webdriver as in this tool once can

    • search for any text and regular expression,
    • create bookmark and comment them and also can navigate between bookmarks which is not possible in any other tool,
    • Filter the logs and search for text ranges and also can apply another filter to the previous filtered logs,
    • Highlight different line based on some certain words.

    This tool also helps to partition the data into different columns.