Location of the audit log file.

Usage Notes

Used by Client? Used by Server? Command-Line Alternative Can be set in P4CONFIG file?



p4d -A auditlog


Value if not Explicitly Set

Operating System Value


None. If no log file is specified, auditing is disabled.


P4AUDIT specifies the location of the audit log file.

When auditing is enabled, Helix Server adds a line to the audit log file every time file content is transferred from the shared versioning service to any user. On an active installation, the audit log file will grow very quickly.

Lines in the audit log appear in the form:


For example:

2011/05/09 09:52:45 [email protected] diff //depot/src/x.c#1
2011/05/09 09:54:13 [email protected] sync //depot/inc/file.h#1

If a command is run on the same physical machine that hosts the Perforce service, the clientIP is shown as

For commands that arrive through a Helix Proxy, the IP address is reported in the form proxyIP/clientIP, and the command is reported as command-proxy.

In order to ensure that user activity on replica and edge servers (specifically in environments involving build farm replicas, forwarding replicas, and/or edge servers) is tracked, each replica or edge server must have P4AUDIT configured.

See Auditing user file access in the Helix Core Server Administrator Guide.