How do I enable/disable log levels in Android?


I am having lots of logging statements to debug for example.

Log.v(TAG, "Message here");

while deploying this application on device phone i want to turn off the verbose logging from where i can enable/disable logging.

7/20/2015 12:01:32 PM

Accepted Answer

A common way is to make an int named loglevel, and define its debug level based on loglevel.

public static int LOGLEVEL = 2;
public static boolean ERROR = LOGLEVEL > 0;
public static boolean WARN = LOGLEVEL > 1;
public static boolean VERBOSE = LOGLEVEL > 4;

    if (VERBOSE) Log.v(TAG, "Message here"); // Won't be shown
    if (WARN) Log.w(TAG, "WARNING HERE");    // Still goes through

Later, you can just change the LOGLEVEL for all debug output level.

10/23/2014 6:49:13 PM

The Android Documentation says the following about Log Levels:

Verbose should never be compiled into an application except during development. Debug logs are compiled in but stripped at runtime. Error, warning and info logs are always kept.

So you may want to consider stripping the log Verbose logging statements out, possibly using ProGuard as suggested in another answer.

According to the documentation, you can configure logging on a development device using System Properties. The property to set is log.tag.<YourTag> and it should be set to one of the following values: VERBOSE, DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR, ASSERT, or SUPPRESS. More information on this is available in the documentation for the isLoggable() method.

You can set properties temporarily using the setprop command. For example:

C:\android>adb shell setprop log.tag.MyAppTag WARN
C:\android>adb shell getprop log.tag.MyAppTag

Alternatively, you can specify them in the file '/data/local.prop' as follows:


Later versions of Android appear to require that /data/local.prop be read only. This file is read at boot time so you'll need to restart after updating it. If /data/local.prop is world writable, it will likely be ignored.

Finally, you can set them programmatically using the System.setProperty() method.

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