armanbilge / akka-logback   0.1.1

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Integrate logback with your Akka application

Scala versions: 2.13 2.12


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akka-logback helps integrate logback with your Akka applications. Features:

  • Allows logback properties to be sourced from the Akka configuration
  • Provides logback appenders access to the actor system


The artifact is published to Maven Central.

libraryDependencies += "com.armanbilge" %% "akka-logback" % "0.1.1" % Runtime


Enable akka-logback in your application.conf.

# AkkaLogback must be initialized before Slf4jLogger
akka.loggers = ["com.armanbilge.akkalogback.AkkaLogback", "akka.event.slf4j.Slf4jLogger"]

Your logback configuration is then automatically loaded from one of the following locations, ranked by priority.

  1. The path specified by the akka-logback.configuration-file setting in your application.conf
  2. logback-akka-test.xml in the class path
  3. logback-akka.xml in the class path

Note that if logback.xml, logback-test.xml, or logback.groovy are on the class path or the system property logback.configurationFile is set, then akka-logback will be bypassed and logback will initialize normally (i.e., without the Akka extensions). Configuration via Groovy is not supported at this time.

Now you can source logback properties from your Akka configuration.

    <!-- Sets the variable `AKKA_LOGLEVEL` to the value of the `akka.loglevel` setting defined in the Akka configuration -->
    <akkaProperty name="AKKA_LOGLEVEL" path="akka.loglevel" />

    <appender name="STDOUT" class="ch.qos.logback.core.ConsoleAppender">
            <pattern>%d{HH:mm:ss.SSS} [%thread] %-5level %logger{36} - %msg%n</pattern>

    <!-- Sets the root logger level to the value of the `AKKA_LOGLEVEL` variable via substitution -->
    <root level="${AKKA_LOGLEVEL}">
        <appender-ref ref="STDOUT" />

See the Akka documentation for guidance on configuring logback.

Caveat: logging now depends on your actor system, so creating an actor system should be one of the first things that your app does (specifically, before obtaining a logger via SLF4J).

Implementing Akka-based appenders

To implement a logback appender that has access to the ActorSystem, add a setter method to your appender with the following signature. akka-logback will use it to provide the ActorSystem to your appender during initialization before its start() method is invoked.

def setActorSystem(actorSystem: Unit

For an example of this, see the Google Cloud Logging Appender.

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This code is open source software licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.