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Internationalization and Localisation with JBoss Logging Tools

What is it?

This quick start demonstrates the use of JBoss Logging Tools to create internationalized loggers, exceptions, and generic messages; and then provide localizations for them. This is done using a simple JAX-RS service. Translations in French(fr-FR), German(de-DE), and Swedish (sv-SE) are provided courtesy of for demonstration. My apologies if they are less than ideal translations.

Once the quick start is deployed you can access it using URLs documented below.

Instructions are included below for starting JBoss EAP with a different locale than the system default.

System requirements

The application this project produces is designed to be run on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.1 or later.

All you need to build this project is Java 6.0 (Java SDK 1.6) or later, Maven 3.0 or later.

Configure Maven

If you have not yet done so, you must Configure Maven before testing the quickstarts.

Configure the JBoss Server to Start With a Different Locale (Optional)

To start the JBoss server with a different locale than the system default:

  1. Make a backup copy of the JBOSS_HOME/bin/standalone.conf file.
  2. Edit the file and append commands to set the JVM parameters for the required country and language. Eg. Germany and German, DE and de.

     JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Duser.language=de" This can be done as a single line if you prefer:
     JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Duser.language=de"   

    Refer to

Start the JBoss Server

  1. Open a command line and navigate to the root of the JBoss server directory.
  2. The following shows the command line to start the server:

     For Linux:   JBOSS_HOME/bin/
     For Windows: JBOSS_HOME\bin\standalone.bat

Build and Deploy the Quickstart

NOTE: The following build command assumes you have configured your Maven user settings. If you have not, you must include Maven setting arguments on the command line. See Build and Deploy the Quickstarts for complete instructions and additional options.

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss Server as described above.
  2. Open a command line and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. Type this command to build and deploy the archive:

     mvn clean install jboss-as:deploy
  4. This will deploy target/jboss-logging-tools.war to the running instance of the server.

Access the application

The application will be running at the following URLs:


A landing page is found here that has a quick reference to the other URLs.


Demonstrates simple use of localised messages (with parameter) and logging.

Example: http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/greetings/Harold

  • Returns a localised "hello name" string where name is the last component of the URL.
  • Logs a localised "Hello message sent"


Demonstrates how to obtain a message bundle for a specified locale and how to throw a localised exceptions. Note that the localised exception is a wrapper around WebApplicationException.

Example: http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/greetings/fr-FR/Harold

  • Returns a localised "hello name" string where name is the last component of the URL and the locale used is the one supplied in the locale URL.
  • Logs a localised "Hello message sent in locale" message using the JVM locale for the translation
  • If the supplied locale is invalid (in this case if it contains more than 3 components, eg. fr-FR-POSIX-FOO):
    • Throws a WebApplicationException (404) using a localizable sub-class of WebApplicationException

      Note that WebApplicationException cannot be directly localised by JBoss Logging Tools using the @Message annotation due to the message parameter being ignored by WebApplicationException's constructors. Cases like this can be worked around by creating a sub-class with a constructor that does deal with the message parameter.


Demonstrates throwing a localised exception with another exception specified as the cause. This is a completely contrived example.

Example: http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/greetings/crashme

  • Attempts divide by zero, catches exception and throws localised one.


Demonstrates how to pass parameters through to the constructor of a localised exception, and how to specify an exception as a cause of a log message.

Example: http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/dates/daysuntil/25-12-2012

  • Attempts to turn the targetdate URL component into a date object using the format dd-MM-yyyy
  • Returns number of days (as an integer) until that date
  • If the targetdate is invalid:
    • Catches the ParseException
    • Creates a localised ParseException passing values from the caught exception as parameters to it's constructor
    • Logs a localised message with the localised exception as the cause
    • Throws a WebApplicationException(400) with the text from the localised ParseException

Undeploy the Archive

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss Server as described above.
  2. Open a command line and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. When you are finished testing, type this command to undeploy the archive:

     mvn jboss-as:undeploy

Run the Quickstart in JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse

You can also start the server and deploy the quickstarts from Eclipse using JBoss tools. For more information, see Use JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse to Run the Quickstarts

Debug the Application

If you want to debug the source code or look at the Javadocs of any library in the project, run either of the following commands to pull them into your local repository. The IDE should then detect them.

  mvn dependency:sources
  mvn dependency:resolve -Dclassifier=javadoc

Recent Changelog

  • Nov 15, 2013(Sande Gilda):Bz1025766 found and fixed 3 instances of AS7 with no space in README files
  • Nov 8, 2013(Sande Gilda):Bz1028448 Add spaces to end of metadata so it renders with a line break in HTML
  • Oct 8, 2013(Sande Gilda):BZ1011833 Add HTML versions of README files and fix deployment instructions
  • Oct 2, 2013(Sande Gilda):README add Product Versions metadata remove versions in text remove temp repo from settings.xml
  • Sep 24, 2013(Sande Gilda):Remove references to web profile
  • Sep 24, 2013(Sande Gilda):Remove references to JBoss AS 7 from the quickstarts
  • Sep 23, 2013(Sande Gilda):Update metadata source URLs to new repository
  • Sep 13, 2013(Sande Gilda):JDF 487 Remove as from quickstart artifactId and archive names and access URLs in README files
  • Jun 12, 2013(Sande Gilda):Modify README file internal links to use generated anchors. Remove hard coded anchors. Fixed obsolete links and other markdown rendering problems
  • Jun 11, 2013(Rafael Benevides):Implemented table of contents link github style
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