This tutorial will demonstrate how to enable and disable SQL log statements in a Spring Boot application in order to debug SQL flow.


You will frequently need to debug the SQL statement while developing a Spring Boot application with a SQL database.

SQL debug logs can assist you figure out what’s wrong with JPA statements and whether or not there’s a problem with database connectivity.


If you’ve built custom Spring data JPA methods and need to know what SQL statement is being utilized behind them,

return repository.findByUsernameIn(usernames);

Then you can enable Hibernet debug mode to log SQL statements.


Update the application.yml file with the Hibernet configuration as

      hibernate: DEBUG

or as

The SQL statement will appear in the application logs after modifying the configuration file and restarting the application.

2022-04-07 08:41:45.118 DEBUG 14561 --- [nio-8080-exec-1] org.hibernate.SQL                        : 
select as id1_0_, user0_.password as password2_0_, user0_.username as username3_0_ from user user0_ where user0_.username in (?)

Spring Boot Profiles

This setup is great for debugging and testing your application while you are building or improving its features, but it’s not appropriate for staging or production situations.

To turn off the debugging logs in the production environment, you should prefer to use Spring boot profiles.

  • : Local machine
  • Development environment.
  • Stage/Test environment
  • Production environment

Inside, specifically turn off SQL debug logs, like

Note: It is not a rule to name your application properties file as mentioned in this tutorial. You are free to give it whatever name you like.


SQL debugging can be activated or deactivated by application configuration. The production environment should explicitly disable this configuration.

You can access tutorial code from Github page.