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Log files from several sources are created when running CrafterCMS. These log files are useful for checking the status of CrafterCMS, for example, the success of actions/requests, warnings and error messages. These logs can be used to provide more information about potential issues in the system or for debugging errors. The log files can be found in $CRAFTER_DIR/crafter-authoring/logs/ or in $CRAFTER_DIR/crafter-delivery/logs/ depending on which environment you are running. Effective use of these logs is an important part of maintaining your sites and are useful for keeping track of your system performance. To that end, please make sure that you rotate the logs.

CrafterCMS ships with a Tomcat Application Server, Elasticsearch, Solr, and MongoDB included in the binary archive. There are five folders used by CrafterCMS for the log files,

  • tomcat

  • elasticsearch

  • solr

  • deployer

  • mongodb

Tailing Log Files From a shell/Command Line

The most recent messages from the log files may be displayed by tailing the log files. Here are the log files and locations of the log files:

Log File
Tomcat log file
Tomcat historical log files
Elasticsearch log files
Solr Search log files
Crafter Deployer log file
Crafter Deployer
sites log files

MongoDB log files

For the Authoring environment:

$CRAFTER_LOGS_DIR = $CRAFTER_DIR/crafter-authoring/logs

For the Delivery environment:

$CRAFTER_LOGS_DIR = $CRAFTER_DIR/crafter-delivery/logs

Log file descriptions

Tomcat Log Files

File: catalina.out

This log file contains all messages pertaining to all java packages run by CrafterCMS. It is used for tracking the success of requests/actions and logging helpful warning and error messages. You’ll also notice that in the same folder are the catalina historical log files, which are useful for checking logs for a certain date. There are other log files created in the same folder that may be of interest to you depending on what you are investigating/debugging, but, the log file catalina.out is the one we usually look at to check the status of our system.

To tail the catalina log file in the authoring environment:

tail -f crafter-authoring/logs/tomcat/catalina.out

To tail the catalina log file in the delivery environment:

tail -f crafter-delivery/logs/tomcat/catalina.out

Deployer Log Files

File: crafter-deployer.out

This log file contains all messages pertaining to Crafter Deployer. In the same folder where the crafter-deployer.out log file is, you will find all the site specific deployer logs as described in the table above.

To tail the log file in the authoring environment:

tail -f crafter-authoring/logs/deployer/crafter-deployer.out

To tail the log file in the delivery environment:

tail -f ./crafter-delivery/logs/deployer/crafter-deployer.out

Elasticsearch Log Files

File: elasticsearch.log

This log file contains all messages pertaining to Elasticsearch.

Solr Log Files

File: solr.log

This log file contains all messages pertaining to Crafter Search. It records errors and warnings related to Search indexing and features. In the same folder where solr.log is found, you’ll find other solr logs and archived log files that may be of interest depending on what you’re investigating/debugging.

Using custom appenders

All CrafterCMS components use Apache Log4j2 for logging and you can easily include custom configurations to change the logging behavior. If you want to use any of the built-in appenders from Log4j2 such as the JDBC or SMTP appenders you only need to add them in the appropriate configuration file. For more details on the provided appenders you can visit the official documentation.

Logging configurations

You can update the logging configuration depending on the CrafterCMS component that you need to change:

  • Crafter Engine: INSTALL_DIR/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/engine/extension/logging.xml

  • Crafter Studio: INSTALL_DIR/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/studio/extension/logging.xml

  • Crafter Search: INSTALL_DIR/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/search/extension/logging.xml

  • Crafter Profile: INSTALL_DIR/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/profile/extension/logging.xml

  • Crafter Social: INSTALL_DIR/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/social/extension/logging.xml

  • Crafter Deployer: INSTALL_DIR/bin/crafter-deployer/logging.xml


It is highly recommended to only add new appenders or do small changes to existing ones, if existing appenders are removed or the configuration is broken some CrafterCMS components could stop working.

Add a custom appender

To add a custom appender you can follow these steps:

  1. Place the required JAR files in the appropriate location:

    • for Engine, Studio, Search, Profile or Social use INSTALL_DIR/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/lib

    • for Deployer use INSTALL_DIR/bin/crafter-deployer/lib

  2. Update the required logging configuration to add the custom appender, for example if the custom appender name is AwesomeAppender and the class is under the package com.custom.logging the configuration will be like this:

<Configuration packages="com.custom.logging">
    <!-- existing appenders -->
    <AwesomeAppender name="AwesomeAppender" someConfig="true" otherParam="5"/>
    <!-- existing loggers -->
    <Root level="info">
      <!-- existing refs -->
      <AppenderRef ref="AwesomeAppender" />


In order for custom appenders to be loaded properly all dependencies should be included in the JAR file or also copy the required JARs along. Most of the time you will need to copy the log4j-api-{version}.jar and log4j-core-{version}.jar too.


Because Log4j2 only loads classes during initialization if there is a change in the custom appender JAR those will not be caught by the reconfiguration feature and you must restart the app context or tomcat.

crafter.sh Script Logging

To capture the output of the crafter.sh script in a log file, set the environment variable CRAFTER_SCRIPT_LOG to point to a log file like below:

export CRAFTER_SCRIPT_LOG=${CRAFTER_SCRIPT_LOG:="/your/path/output-file.log}"