7.3.9. Logging settingsΒΆ

The WFS service logs messages and errors that occur during operations to a dedicated log file by default. Entries in the log file are associated with a timestamp, the severity of the event and the IP address of the client (if available). The log is normally stored in the file WEB-INF/wfs.log within the application folder of the WFS web application.

The <logging> element in the config.xml file is used to adapt these default settings. The attribute logLevel on the <file> child element lets you change the severity level for log messages that shall be recorded in the log file to debug, info, warn, or error (default: info). Additionally, the <fileName> element lets you define an alternative absolute path and filename where to store the log file.


A web application typically has limited access to the file system for security reasons. Thus, make sure that the log file is accessible for the WFS web application. Check the documentation of your servlet container for details.

If you want log messages to be printed to the console via STDOUT and STDERR, then simply set the <console> child element. The <console> element also provides a logLevel attribute to define the severity level. You can pick different log levels for the console and the log file. Printing log messages to the console is useful, for example, when the 3DCityDB WFS is running in a Docker container (see Section 7.6) or a debug environment.

Logging for the 3DCityDB WFS can be configured to either use a log file, or the console, or both.

  <console logLevel="info"/>
  <file logLevel="info">


Log messages are continuously written to the same log file. The WFS application does not include any mechanism to truncate or rotate the log file in case the file size grows over a certain limit. So make sure you configure log rotation on your server.