Appendix C: System Properties

System properties can be specified at JVM startup, using the command line argument -D. Additionally, system properties can be read or set using the getProperty() and setProperty() methods of the System class.

You can use system properties to set or override values of application properties. For example, the following command line argument will override the value of the cuba.connectionUrlList property which is normally set in the file:


Keep in mind, that system properties affect the whole JVM, i.e all application blocks running on the JVM will get the same value of a property.

Below are the system properties that are used by the platform but are not application properties.


Defines the location of the Logback framework configuration file.

For application blocks running on the Tomcat web server, this system property is configured in the tomcat/bin/setenv.bat and tomcat/bin/ files. By default, it points to the tomcat/conf/logback.xml configuration file.

For the Desktop Client block, the application code configures this property if it is not defined at JVM startup. By default it points to the cuba-logback.xml file in the CLASSPATH root. See Setting up Logging in The Desktop Client.


For the Desktop Client block, this property defines the root for the folders defined in the cuba.confDir, cuba.logDir, cuba.tempDir, and cuba.dataDir application properties.

If this property is not defined at JVM startup, the default value of ${user.home}/.haulmont/cuba will be used. A different location can be specified by overriding the getDefaultHomeDir() method of the com.haulmont.cuba.desktop.App class.


This system property is set to true when the CubaTestCase base class is running integration tests.


if (!Boolean.valueOf(System.getProperty("cuba.unitTestMode")))
  return "Not in test mode";