Log4j 2

Raven-Java provides Log4j 2 support for Raven. It provides an Appender for Log4j 2 to send the logged events to Sentry.

The project can be found on github: raven-java/raven-log4j2


If you want to use Maven you can install Raven-Log4j2 as dependency:


If you manually want to manage your dependencies:


The following configuration (log4j2.xml) gets you started for logging with log4j2 and Sentry:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration status="warn" packages="org.apache.logging.log4j.core,com.getsentry.raven.log4j2">
    <Raven name="Sentry">
        Optional, allows to select the ravenFactory

    <root level="all">
      <appender-ref ref="Sentry"/>

It’s possible to add extra details to events captured by the Log4j 2 module thanks to the marker system which will add a tag log4j2-Marker. Both the MDC and the NDC systems provided by Log4j 2 are usable, allowing to attach extras information to the event.

Mapped Tags

By default all MDC parameters are sent under the Additional Data Tab. By specify the extraTags parameter in your configuration file. You can specify MDC keys to send as tags instead of including them in Additional Data. This allows them to be filtered within Sentry.

void logWithExtras() {
    // MDC extras
    MDC.put("Environment", "Development");
    MDC.put("OS", "Linux");

    // This adds a message with extras and MDC keys declared in extraTags as tags to Sentry
    logger.info("This is a test");

Practical Example

import org.apache.logging.log4j.LogManager;
import org.apache.logging.log4j.Logger;
import org.apache.logging.log4j.Marker;
import org.apache.logging.log4j.MarkerManager;

public class MyClass {
    private static final Logger logger = LogManager.getLogger(MyClass.class);
    private static final Marker MARKER = MarkerManager.getMarker("myMarker");

    void logSimpleMessage() {
        // This adds a simple message to the logs
        logger.info("This is a test");

    void logWithTag() {
        // This adds a message with a tag to the logs named 'log4j2-Marker'
        logger.info(MARKER, "This is a test");

    void logWithExtras() {
        // MDC extras
        ThreadContext.put("extra_key", "extra_value");
        // NDC extras are sent under 'log4j2-NDC'
        // This adds a message with extras to the logs
        logger.info("This is a test");

    void logException() {
        try {
        } catch (Exception e) {
            // This adds an exception to the logs
            logger.error("Exception caught", e);

    void unsafeMethod() {
        throw new UnsupportedOperationException("You shouldn't call that");