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v0.39.2 / Operations Guide / Log Configuration

Configuring Logging Level

By default, Metabase logs quite a bit of information. Luckily, Metabase uses Log4j 2 under the hood, meaning the logging is completely configurable.

Metabase’s default logging configuration can be found here. You can override this XML file and tell Metabase to use your own logging configuration file by passing a -Dlog4j.configurationFile argument when running Metabase:

java -Dlog4j.configurationFile=file:/path/to/custom/log4j2.xml -jar metabase.jar

The easiest way to get started customizing logging would be to use a copy of default log4j2.xml file linked to above and adjust that to meet your needs. Keep in mind that you’ll need to restart Metabase for changes to the file to take effect.

Using Log4j 2 with docker

Before running the Metabase docker image, you’ll need to pass the custom log4j.configurationFile argument. Add a JAVA_OPTS=-Dlog4j.configurationFile=file:/path/to/custom/log4j2.xml to the environment variables of the container, like this:

    docker run -p 3000:3000 -v $PWD/logging_config:/metabase.db -e JAVA_OPTS=-Dlog4j.configurationFile=file:///metabase.db/log4j2.xml metabase/metabase`

When using docker-compose:

metabase:
    image: metabase/metabase:v0.37.4
    container_name: metabase
    hostname: metabase
    volumes: 
    - /dev/urandom:/dev/random:ro
    - $PWD/logging_config:/metabase.db
    ports:
      - 3000:3000
    environment: 
      - "JAVA_OPTS=-Dlog4j.configurationFile=file:///metabase.db/log4j2.xml"

IMPORTANT: when using containers, logs need to be written into the /metabase.db directory. It’s the only directory the Metabase user can write to (the user here being the one that executes that Metabase JAR inside the container).

Configuring Emoji Logging

By default Metabase will include emoji characters in logs. You can disable this by using the following environment variable:

export MB_EMOJI_IN_LOGS="false"
java -jar metabase.jar