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Liquibase SLF4J Logger.

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Version 5.0.0
Written by Matt Bertolini

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An implementation of the Liquibase logger that delegates directly to SLF4J.

Liquibase has a logging mechanism that delegates to java.util.logging. It works great with SLF4J out of the box if you use jul-to-slf4j library. Unfortunately, there is a known performance impact when bridging java.util.logging to SLF4J. This library helps to eliminate that performance impact by logging Liquibase directly to SLF4J.

How to Use

Grab the library from Maven Central and place it in your classpath.




Groovy DSL:

runtimeOnly 'com.mattbertolini:liquibase-slf4j:5.0.0'

Kotlin DSL:



<dependency org="com.mattbertolini" name="liquibase-slf4j" rev="5.0.0"/>


liquibase-slf4j is licensed under the MIT License


This logger has a priority number of 5. If there is more than one Liquibase logger on the classpath the one with the highest priority will be used. The priority number can be changed by setting the system property com.mattbertolini.liquibase.logging.slf4j.Slf4jLogService.priority to an integer value of your choice.

Version 4 of Liquibase introduced a new plugin loading mechanism based on the Java ServiceLoader. Version 3.0.0 of this logger conforms to this new loader mechanism. If you are using Liquibase versions lower than 4, continue to use version 2.0.0 of this library.

Liquibase version 3.4.0 had an issue loading third party loggers in some situations. This logger may not work on that version. It is recommended to upgrade to Liquibase 3.4.1 which addresses this issue.

Log Level Mappings

Liquibase Level SLF4J Level
Debug (Deprecated) Debug
Fine Debug
Config Info
Info Info
Warning Warn
Severe Error

Build and Test


  • Apache Ant - Version 1.10.6 or higher.
  • JDK 11 or higher (Compiled with 1.8 source and target).


To build this project, clone the repo and run the ant command:

$ git clone
$ cd liquibase-slf4j
$ ant

The distributable jar files will be located in the dist folder. The build reports (unit test, coverage, etc.) will be located in the build/reports dir.

To list all available tasks:

$ ant -p


Please report any bugs in the issue tracker above. Please be as detailed as possible in the report, so I can create unit tests to verify the problem is fixed.

Release Notes

5.0.0 - 2023-03-20

  • Add JPMS module-info file to support Java 9+ modules.
  • Build now requires Java 11 or higher. The source is still compiled to Java 8 bytecode.
  • Upgraded to SLF4J 2.x (2.0.7)
  • Upgrade to Liquibase 4.19.0
  • Remove deprecated logging filter support.
  • Switched from TravisCI to GitHub Actions.

4.1.0 - 2022-03-30

  • Generated OSGi metadata making the jar a OSGi fragment where Liquibase is the host bundle. This was tested with Liquibase 4.9.1. This fixes issue #12 (Pull Request)
  • Upgraded to SLF4J 1.7.36
  • Upgraded to Liquibase 4.9.1. The library should still work with Liquibase 4.1.0 and above when not using OSGi.

4.0.0 - 2020-09-30

  • Upgraded Liquibase to version 4.1.0. This is a breaking change as the logging API introduced a new filter class and changed constructors. (Pull Request)

3.0.0 - 2020-07-23

  • Upgraded to Liquibase version 4.0.0. This is a breaking change as the logging API changed significantly. Use version 2.x if you are using Liquibase versions lower than 4.0.0.
  • Upgraded to SLF4J 1.7.30.
  • Added the ability to change the priority number of the logger by setting a Java property. To change the priority, set the com.mattbertolini.liquibase.logging.slf4j.Slf4jLogService.priority property to an integer value.
  • Repackaged logger now that package name is no longer used for locating third-party loggers.
  • Java 8 is now the minimum supported JDK version.
  • Added an Automatic-Module-Name to support the Java 9+ module system. The module name is com.mattbertolini.liquibase.logging.slf4j.
  • Overhauled build files.

2.0.0 - 2015-12-16

  • Switched the dependency scope of SLF4J and Liquibase to provided. This is because most users are already including their own versions of these libraries and the versions are often much newer than what is defined in this library. By marking them as provided it helps prevent version conflicts and extra exclusions in project files. For an example of this, check out the POM file from Dropwizard
  • The minimum required Liquibase version is now 3.2.0. This is done to take advantage of updates to AbstractLogger.

1.2.1 - 2013-10-12

  • Only printing the changeLogName and changeSetName if they are provided. This gets rid of the annoying nulls printed in logs.

1.2.0 - 2013-09-30

  • Upgrading to Liquibase version 3.0.5 to add new required methods.

1.1.0 - 2013-08-10

  • Upgrade Liquibase version to 3.0.x.
  • Backward-compatible with previous version.

1.0.0 - 2012-04-04

  • Initial release.
  • Supports Liquibase 2.0.x.
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