What is default CONSOLE_LOG_PATTERN used for Spring Boot logging and where to find it?

The Spring Boot reference documentation 4.6. Custom Log Configuration states about the default system properties representing a default logging pattern to use on the console (only supported with the default Logback setup).

  • Spring Environment: logging.pattern.console
  • System Property: CONSOLE_LOG_PATTERN

I guess the default log line look is familiar for all the Spring Boot framework users:

2020-08-04 12:00:00.000  INFO 24568 --- [           main] c.c.MyWonderfulSpringApplication          : The following profiles are active: local

As long as I want to take look on how it looks and get inspired for defining my own one, where can I find this default value for a currently used version of Spring Boot?


  • I have just found out this configuration is available at the DefaultLogbackConfiguration file under Spring Boot project:

    private static final String CONSOLE_LOG_PATTERN = "%clr(%d{${LOG_DATEFORMAT_PATTERN:-yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS}}){faint} "
                + "%clr(${LOG_LEVEL_PATTERN:-%5p}) %clr(${PID:- }){magenta} %clr(---){faint} "
                + "%clr([%15.15t]){faint} %clr(%-40.40logger{39}){cyan} "
                + "%clr(:){faint} %m%n${LOG_EXCEPTION_CONVERSION_WORD:-%wEx}";

    To find the pattern for a certain Spring Boot version, either:

    • Browse the source file available at GitHub: Spring Boot 2.3.x.
    • In IntelliJ Idea press 2x Left Shift and search in the Classes tab for DefaultLogbackConfiguration.

    The source of my findings is

    Edit: The default Logback console logger configuration (for example setting the logger to the DEBUG level) can be overridden as follows:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
        <include resource="org/springframework/boot/logging/logback/defaults.xml"/>
        <include resource="org/springframework/boot/logging/logback/console-appender.xml" />
        <root level="DEBUG">
            <appender-ref ref="CONSOLE" />