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Using the SAP Logging API

The SDK uses Simple Logging Facade for Java (SLF4J) for its logging API and logback-android for the logging implementation. For more information about SLF4J, refer to the SLF4J documentation. For more information about logback-android, refer to the documentation on the logback-android site.


  • If you don't need to upload logs, you don't have to use the SDK logging API. Make sure you don't call either of the Logging.initialize() methods or LogService. It will be up to you to configure the logging implementation.
  • If you want to use another SLF4J logging implementation instead of logback, such as Log4j or java.util.logging, you can do that too. In that case you will not be able to use the SDK logging API. Make sure you don't call either of the Logging.initialize() methods or LogService, and make sure you don't add the `logback``dependencies to your Gradle build.
  • You can use a logger other than SLF4J too, but you will not get any logging from the SDK if you do that.
  • If you want to implement your own log upload, see the documentation for Client Log Upload Service.


To enable logging in your mobile app, you require SLF4J and logback-android. To install logback-android, go to logback-android and follow the Quick Start instructions.

Adding Dependency to Your Project

To include SLF4J and logback in your project, add the following dependency to your Gradle build:

dependencies {
  implementation 'org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.25'
  implementation 'com.github.tony19:logback-android:2.0.0'

Using LoggingService

SAP BTP SDK for Android version 4.0 introduces a simplified LoggingService API, replacing the existing LogService and Logging APIs. This API combines all of the LogService and Logging functionality, meaning that the client code can simply use this single API to manage all logging-related tasks.

Initialize LoggingService

The best place to initialize LoggingService is in the onCreate function of your Android Application. LoggingService takes one argument in the constructor to indicate whether or not to enable the log automatic upload feature. It also has two properties: one to configure the log policy and the other to set whether to write the log information to the console.

val services = mutableListOf<MobileService>()
services.add(LoggingService(autoUpload = false).apply {
    policy = LogPolicy(logLevel = "DEBUG", maxFileNumber = 2)
    logToConsole = true
    services = services.toTypedArray()

Here, LoggingService is initialized as follows:

  • The automatic log upload feature is turned off
  • The initial log level is set to 'DEBUG'
  • The rolling file count is set to 2
  • The log information will be written to the console. If you are using the flows component for onboarding, LoggingService initialized using SDKInitializer will be updated automatically with the log policy defined at the server after the onboarding or restore finishes.

Note: The following sections are marked as deprecated in SAP BTP SDK for Android version 4.0.

Using LogService Facade

LogService helps initialize logging and provides feature of auto upload enabled by default. When log file reaches threshold size of 100 KB by default, which is configurable by Logging.ConfigurationBuilder, it will trigger the automatic log upload process.

public LogService setAutoUpload(@NonNull boolean autoUpload) {...}

The client code may look like:

LogService logService = new LogService();
SDKInitializer.INSTANCE.start(application, new MobileService[]{logService}, null);
val logService = LogService().apply {
SDKInitializer.start(this, logService)

When using LogService with onboarding flows2, logging configurations will be set by log policy on mobile services. Client code can also call this method to override parameters on mobile services.

public LogService setLogPolicy(@NonNull LogPolicy logPolicy) {...}

Getting Named Logger

In classes where you want to add logging, get a named logger from the LoggerFactory and then log at the level you need to. For example:

org.slf4j.Logger log = LoggerFactory.getLogger("");"info");
log.trace("trace");"info {}", "info");
log.warn("warn {}", "warn");
log.debug("debug {}", "debug");
log.error("error {}", "error");
log.trace("trace {}", "trace");
val log = LoggerFactory.getLogger("")"info")
log.trace("trace")"info {}", "info")
log.warn("warn {}", "warn")
log.debug("debug {}", "debug")
log.error("error {}", "error")
log.trace("trace {}", "trace")

The mobile service does not support trace logging. Any messages logged as "trace" will be converted to "path" when uploaded.

Initializing Logging

The best place to initialize logging is in a custom Application's onCreate method. To set up logging, call one of the following initialize methods:



    new Logging.ConfigurationBuilder().initialLevel(Level.DEBUG).logToConsole(true).build()

But if LogService is included in the SDKInitializer.start method, there is no need to call the initialize method again in the client code.

The simple form of initialize sets the log level to ERROR. It uses four rolling log files with maximum file size of 1000 KB for each log file. This method provides no console output and no expiration. It is the recommended setting for production code.

You can also set one or more configuration option using a Logging.ConfigurationBuilder to build a parameter list. Any configuration option not set will use the default. See the Logging API documentation for more details.

Logs are written to a rolling log. Logs are written to a maximum size. When the limit is reached, the oldest log entries (the oldest log file) are deleted to make room for new log entries. The maximum size is logFileCount x logFileSize.

Setting Logging Levels

Logging level controls which log messages are written to the log. For example, when the log level is set to ERROR, DEBUG messages are not written to the log. See the logback documentation for more information.

Logging.initialize() sets the initial level for the whole application. You can also do this using the following code:

Logging.getRootLogger().level = Level.ERROR

Customizing Console Logging

You can customize what is written to the console and how it is written out. To see the current format, call:

String pattern = Logging.getConsoleLoggerPattern();
val pattern = Logging.getConsoleLoggerPattern()

To set the format, call:


For more information on patterns, go to the logback website.

Last update: December 8, 2021