Gluu Server Logs#

When it comes to troubleshooting issues in the Gluu Server-from service hiccups to outages-logs are the best place to start.

The Gluu Server administrator can investigate logs from the oxTrust View Logs feature or directly with SSH access to the Gluu-Server container.

View Log File#

The log files configured in the earlier section can be viewed using the View log file feature. This feature can be accessed through the configuration menu using Configuration --> View Log File.


The Display last lines count field contains the lines that will be displayed in the Web GUI. If the field contains the value 400, then the Gluu Server will show the last 400 lines of the log in the GUI. The screenshot below shows an according example.


Log Levels#

Logging Levels configuration through OxTrust UI

These logging levels can also be set in oxTrust UI.

  1. Login to oxTrust UI as admin or with an administrator account.
  2. Navigate to Configuration > JSON Configuration > OxTrust Configuration Tab. JSONConfig
  3. Scroll to the very bottom of the page.
  4. Click on the logging level and select the levels from the drop down. logginglevel
  5. Default value will be set to Default, you can change the level as per your requirement for extensive troubleshooting.
  6. Click on Save Configuration to save the configuration. save

Changing Log Levels using log4j2.xml

Gluu Server logs use the log4j2 logging levels which can be changed in the log4j2.xml file. log4j2.xml can be found in below path


And also the same file can be found in all incorporated Gluu apps, i.e oxauth, asimba, idp, oxauth-rp and identity

The available logging levels are :

Level Description
ALL All log levels are documented
DEBUG Detailed events useful to debug application
ERROR Errors are documented
INFO Logs informational messages as the application runs
OFF No logs are recorded
TRACE Logs detailed events; more than DEBUG

The following files define the log levels in Gluu Server. Please edit the file with the levels given above and restart the jetty server. The following section is taken from a live Gluu Server log4j.xml file showing different log levels for different logs. The changes made this section will reflect in the logs.

<category name="org.xdi.oxauth">
        <priority value="TRACE" />

    <!- ############### Gluu ################# ->
    <category name="org.gluu">
        <priority value="TRACE" />

    <!- ############### opnexdi ################# ->
    <category name="org.openxdi">
        <priority value="TRACE" />

    <!- ############### oxTrust ################# ->
    <category name="org.gluu.oxtrust">
        <priority value="TRACE" />

    <!- ############### Embedded JBoss AS ################# ->
    <category name="org.jboss">
        <priority value="ERROR" />
    <category name="com.arjuna">
        <priority value="ERROR" />

Please restart the specific service after any change in log levels to allow the changes to take effect. Use the following command to restart tomcat:


It is recommended to use OxTrust UI to change the logging levels.

Setup Logs#

The setup logs are stored inside the /install/community-edition-setup/ folder. There are two logs available, one detailing the setup process and the other documenting the errors:

  1. setup.log
  2. setup_error.log

Core logs#

The available log files for Gluu Server Community Edition inside the chroot environment are listed below.

Log File Component
/install/community-edition-setup/setup.log Setup detail log
/install/community-edition-setup_/setup_error.log Setup error log
/opt/gluu/jetty/idp/logs/start.log Logs time-stamp when IDP starts
IDP diagonostic log Read more..
/opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-audit.log General audit log Read more..
/opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-consent-audit.log Consent audit log Read more..
Passport log
/opt/gluu/jetty/asimba/logs/start.log Logs time-stamp when ASIMBA starts
/opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth/logs/start.log Logs time-stamp when oxAuth starts
/opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth/logs/oxauth_audit.log General audit log
/opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth/logs/oxauth_persistence.log Logs connection with LDAP
/opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth/logs/oxauth_script.log Logs for oxAuth custom script execution
/opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth/logs/oxauth.log General log for oxAuth service
/opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth-rp/logs/start.log Logs time-stamp when oxAuthRP starts
/opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth-rp/logs/oxauth-rp.log General oxAuthRP log
/opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs/start.log Logs time-stamp when oxTrust starts
/opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs/oxtrust.log Logs for oxTrust custom script execution
/opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs/oxtrust_persistence.log Logs connection with LDAP
/opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs/oxtrust_cache_refresh.log Logs events relating to cache refresh
/var/log/openldap/ldap.log OpenLDAP Log, contains everything related to OpenLDAP

oxAuth logs#

The oxauth logs contain the information about oxAuth authentication process and errors. The key oxauth logs are

  1. oxauth.log under /opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth/logs/ This log is gathering most of the authentication related information. Generally this is the first log to review for any authentication-related troubleshooting, like authentication failure or missing clients etc. Here's an example showing a successful user authentication:

    2016-07-16 15:43:28,232 INFO  [org.xdi.oxauth.auth.Authenticator] Authentication success for Client: '@!EFCB.890F.FB6C.2603!0001!0A49.F454!0008!F047.7275'
    2016-07-16 15:43:28,232 TRACE [org.xdi.oxauth.auth.Authenticator] Authentication successfully for '@!EFCB.890F.FB6C.2603!0001!0A49.F454!0008!F047.7275'
    2016-07-16 15:43:28,238 DEBUG [xdi.oxauth.token.ws.rs.TokenRestWebServiceImpl] Attempting to request access token: grantType = authorization_code, code = 61ba3c0d-42c4-4f1f-8420-fd5f6707f1b1, redirectUri = https://test.gluu.org/identity/authentication/authcode, username = null, refreshToken = null, clientId = null, ExtraParams = {grant_type=[Ljava.lang.String;@1add2a62, redirect_uri=[Ljava.lang.String;@2e0995b5, code=[Ljava.lang.String;@7743b5af}, isSecure = true, codeVerifier = null
    2016-07-16 15:43:28,249 DEBUG [org.xdi.oxauth.service.UserService] Getting user information from LDAP: userId = zico
  2. oxauth_script.log under /opt/gluu/jetty/oxauth/logs/ Most of the custom script's initialization and few more information are loaded here in this script. In the sample log below we can see 'Super Gluu' 2FA has been loaded in the Gluu Server:

    2016-07-16 19:06:32,705 INFO  [org.xdi.service.PythonService] (pool-2-thread-2) oxPush2. Initialization
    2016-07-16 19:06:32,713 INFO  [org.xdi.service.PythonService] (pool-2-thread-2) oxPush2. Initialize notification services
    2016-07-16 19:06:32,750 INFO  [org.xdi.service.PythonService] (pool-2-thread-2) oxPush2. Initialized successfully. oneStep: 'False', twoStep: 'True', pushNotifications: 'False'

oxTrust logs#

  1. oxtrust.log under /opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs This log gather logs related to Gluu Server Admin panel (called oxTrust). For example, what is the clientID of an oxTrust session? Or, what scopes are being used, etc. In the example below, you can see an admin user has successfuly logged into the test.gluu.org Gluu Server admin panel, has the proper authorizationCode, a redirectURI, and the user's role:

    2016-07-16 16:41:55,690 INFO  [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator] authorizationCode : 555a7586-6ca2-4b39-ab39-2ac78ec81524
    2016-07-16 16:41:55,690 INFO  [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator]  scopes : user_name email openid profile
    2016-07-16 16:41:55,691 INFO  [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator] clientID : @!EFCB.890F.FB6C.2603!0001!0A49.F454!0008!F047.7275
    2016-07-16 16:41:55,691 INFO  [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator] getting accessToken
    2016-07-16 16:41:55,691 INFO  [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator] tokenURL : https://test.gluu.org/oxauth/seam/resource/restv1/oxauth/token
    2016-07-16 16:41:55,691 INFO  [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator] Sending request to token endpoint
    2016-07-16 16:41:55,692 INFO  [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator] redirectURI : https://test.gluu.org/identity/authentication/authcode
    2016-07-16 16:41:55,919 DEBUG [org.gluu.oxtrust.action.Authenticator]  tokenResponse : org.xdi.oxauth.client.TokenResponse@1914b8d
  2. oxtrust_script.log under /opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs
    This log collects information on oxTrust related scripts and their operations. For example, if an organization uses a custom attribute which populates values for every user, then the Gluu Server Administrator needs to use a custom script for their 'Cache Refresh' process. This log will receive information when the custom script runs.

  3. oxtrust_cache_refresh.log under /opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs
    Cache Refresh related information such as status, primary failure, etc., is available in this log. In the sample snippet below we see the total number of users that have been synced into the Gluu Server, number of failures, and total number of updated users.

    2016-07-16 17:18:17,691 DEBUG [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) Updated person '@!EFCB.890F.FB6C.2603!0001!0A49.F454!0000!40EB.AB8E'
    2016-07-16 17:18:17,691 INFO  [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) Updated '2,002' entries
    2016-07-16 17:18:17,722 INFO  [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) Failed to update '0' entries
    2016-07-16 17:18:17,738 DEBUG [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) Keep external persons: 'true'
    2016-07-16 17:18:17,739 DEBUG [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) Count entries '0' for removal from target server
    2016-07-16 17:18:17,739 INFO  [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) Removed '0' persons from target server
    2016-07-16 17:18:17,739 INFO  [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) There are '2,002' entries before updating inum list
    2016-07-16 17:18:17,740 INFO  [gluu.oxtrust.ldap.cache.service.CacheRefreshTimer] (pool-1-thread-9) There are '2,002' entries after removal '0' entries
  4. oxtrust_audit.log under /opt/gluu/jetty/identity/logs New to version 3.1.4, this log provides basic auditing for oxTrust identity. It gathers information about who did what, when, and from where in the following format:

Date - Object changed - Who applied the change - from which IP

For example:

2018-09-26 09:07:55,938 INFO  [qtp804611486-16]- OPENID CLIENT @!2D59.8992.A7F7.CD81!0001!6290.A960!0008!ACA6.3181.A647.456C **MyOwnClient** ADDED  BY USER Default Admin User FROM IP ADDRESS

client_id and/or client_name logging#

oxTrust configured to generate and view client_id and/or client_name logs. To configure client_id and/or client_name

  • Login to oxTrust UI

  • Navigate to oxTrust > Configuration > oxAuth

  • For client_id to be populated and viewed in the logs set logClientIdOnClientAuthentication to true

  • For client_name to be populated and viewed in the logs set logClientNameOnClientAuthentication to true

System logs#

  • For Ubuntu: /var/log/syslog
  • For RPM based systems: /var/log/messages

Web Server logs#

  • For Debian: /var/log/apache2/
  • For RPM based systems: /var/log/httpd/

System Logs#

Sometimes it worthy to check system logs like /var/log/messages. These logs contain global system messages.

Web Server logs#

Apache httpd / apache2 logs are available in /var/log/httpd or /var/log/apache2 for Ubuntu.

  1. access_log: This log contains information about requests coming into the Gluu Server, success status or requests, execution time for any request etc.

  2. error_log: This log shows error messages if the web server encounter any issue while processing incoming requests.

  3. other_vhosts_access.log: This log is specific to the Gluu Server setup and those links which are being requested by a user from a web browser. An example below:

    test.gluu.org:443 - - [17/Jul/2016:18:25:21 +0000] "GET /index.html HTTP/1.1" 200 13239 "-" "Java/1.7.0_95"
    test.gluu.org:443 - - [17/Jul/2016:18:25:56 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 2185 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.106 Safari/537.36"
    test.gluu.org:443 - - [17/Jul/2016:18:25:56 +0000] "GET /identity/ HTTP/1.1" 200 583 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.106 Safari/537.36"
    test.gluu.org:443 - - [17/Jul/2016:18:25:56 +0000] "GET /identity/home.htm HTTP/1.1" 302 272 "https://test.gluu.org/identity/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.106 Safari/537.36"
    test.gluu.org:443 - - [17/Jul/2016:18:25:56 +0000] "GET /identity/login?cid=4 HTTP/1.1" 302 474 "https://test.gluu.org/identity/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.106 Safari/537.36"
    test.gluu.org:443 - - [17/Jul/2016:18:25:56 +0000] "GET /oxauth/authorize?scope=openid+profile+email+user_name&response_type=code+id_token&nonce=nonce&redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Ftest.gluu.org%2Fidentity%2Fauthentication%2Fauthcode&client_id=%40%21EFCB.890F.FB6C.2603%210001%210A49.F454%210008%21F047.7275 HTTP/1.1" 302 450 "https://test.gluu.org/identity/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.106 Safari/537.36"
  4. There are few other logs like ssl_access_log , ssl_error_log , and ssl_request_log which are collecting information on port 443 specifically.

Remember the initial GET request will hit the Apache server first, and then be proxied via the AJP port 8082 to . If you see traffic on the web server, but not on Jetty, this is a good place to check to see if something is wrong. For example, you might want to check if the firewall is blocking port 8082 if you see somthing like this:

    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:19 2016] [error] ajp_read_header: ajp_ilink_receive failed
    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:19 2016] [error] (70007)The timeout specified has expired: proxy: read response failed from (null) (localhost)
    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:20 2016] [error] (70007)The timeout specified has expired: ajp_ilink_receive() can't receive header
    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:20 2016] [error] ajp_read_header: ajp_ilink_receive failed
    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:20 2016] [error] (70007)The timeout specified has expired: proxy: read response failed from (null) (localhost)
    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:20 2016] [error] (70007)The timeout specified has expired: ajp_ilink_receive() can't receive header
    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:20 2016] [error] ajp_read_header: ajp_ilink_receive failed
    [Thu Jul 14 23:49:20 2016] [error] (70007)The timeout specified has expired: proxy: read response failed from (null) (localhost)

OpenLDAP Logs#

OpenLDAP logs are enabled by default. And OpenLDAP by is configured to capture logs by syslog from the operating system. However, if one has to disable logging (which we dont recommend), are done in sladp.conf stored under following directory. For more details on OpenLDAP slapd configuration view here

/opt/symas/etc/openldap/slapd.conf file

The logs for OpenLDAP are stored under the below directory.


Note: OpenLDAP logs are not populated within Gluu container, its stored and generated under the host system

OpenLDAP Log Level#

By default Log Level of OpenLDAP is set to stats sync. If one has to change the log level, it could be performed by modifying the slapd.conf file under the above mentioned directory.

loglevel stats sync

Level Keyword Description
-1 any enable all debugging
0 blank no debugging
1 trace trace function calls
2 packets debug packet handling
4 args heavy trace debugging
8 conns connection management
16 BER print out packets sent and received
32 filter search filter processing
64 config configuration processing
128 ACL access control list processing
256 stats stats log connections/operations/results
512 stats2 stats log entries sent
1024 shell print communication with shell backends
2048 parse print entry parsing debugging
16384 sync syncrepl consumer processing
32768 none only messages that get logged whatever log level is set

Clearing Logs#

A new "clear-logs" feature was introduced in CE 3.1.4. This feature can be used to clear all log files with the extension .log, including system logs. Clear-logs can be helpful during troubleshooting, as well as research and development. We discourage its use in production systems if the logs are not backed-up. More features are planned. Please consider this as work in progress.

# service gluu-server-3.1.4 clear-logs