With IntelliJ, one missing feature is the automatic generation of the famous private static Logger LOGGER = ...;

You can do it easily with the Live Templates, you just have to go to Editor -> Live Templates -> others -> create new

And in these fields :

  • Abbreviation: log
  • Description: Add log line
  • Template text:
private static final org.slf4j.Logger LOGGER = org.slf4j.LoggerFactory.getLogger($CLASS_NAME$.class);
  • Applicable in: Java: declaration

  • Edit variables: CLASS_NAME Expresion: className()

Make sure you have slf4j-api in your classpath, with maven:


That’s it, type log and Ctrl+J and it will generate the logger line, with the slf4j imports.