Changing Logging Levels in Java when Testing

Logging is at the core of the Java Coding Experience, and if you’re logging you’re probably using some¬†framework on top of SLF4J. The Simple Logging Facade for Java serves as an abstraction layer for logging frameworks like Logback, Log4j and many others.

When I’m running tests I don’t want to see the console output. I only want to see this.


This post is going to be really short, because to change logging levels for testing simply add a logback-test.xml file in your /resources directory. In logback-test.xml you can turn off logging to the console or even increase it if you want.

Keep in mind a couple of things. 1) If there are ANY logback-test.xml files in your referenced projects, those will take precedence over your logback.xml file at runtime when not testing. 2) When SLF4J sees a logback-test.xml in your project it will take precedence over your logback.xml file. To ensure your logging at runtime is based on logback.xml and not your logback-test.xml file, add it as an environment variable as shown below in Eclipse (or at the command line.)