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OpenCensus Log4j 2 Log Correlation

The opencensus-contrib-log-correlation-log4j2 artifact provides a Log4j 2 ContextDataInjector that automatically adds tracing data to the context of Log4j LogEvents. The class name is OpenCensusTraceContextDataInjector. OpenCensusTraceContextDataInjector adds the current trace ID, span ID, and sampling decision to each LogEvent, so that they can be accessed with LogEvent.getContextData() or included in a layout.

See for a demo that uses this library to correlate logs and traces in Stackdriver.


Add the dependencies to your project

For Maven add to your pom.xml:


For Gradle add to your dependencies:

runtime 'io.opencensus:opencensus-contrib-log-correlation-log4j2:0.19.2'

Configure the OpenCensusTraceContextDataInjector

Specify the ContextDataInjector override

Override Log4j's default ContextDataInjector by setting the system property log4j2.contextDataInjector to the full name of the class, io.opencensus.contrib.logcorrelation.log4j2.OpenCensusTraceContextDataInjector.

Add the tracing data to log entries

opencensus-contrib-log-correlation-log4j2 adds the following key-value pairs to the LogEvent context:

  • traceId - the lowercase base16 encoding of the current trace ID
  • spanId - the lowercase base16 encoding of the current span ID
  • traceSampled - the sampling decision of the current span ("true" or "false")

These values can be accessed from layouts with Context Map Lookup. For example, the trace ID can be accessed with $${ctx:traceId}. The values can also be accessed with the X conversion character in PatternLayout, for example, %X{traceId}.

See an example Log4j configuration file in the demo:

Java Versions

Java 6 or above is required for using this artifact.