CiviCRM 4.7.x

We used CiviCRM for many years and relied upon the normal 'changelog' then we enabled 'Detailed Logging' a few weeks ago, and the old entries from the tab disappeared. Do they still exist in the DB or a file, and are they recoverable and able to be displayed?

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By default the Report Contact Logging Report (Summary), that is used to display the detailed logging, requires the permission CiviCRM: administer CiviCRM. enter image description here

If you create a CiviCRM user without this permission, you will be able to access the regular change log. This will include the entries before and after you enabled detailed logging.

This is a very usefull feature to ensure data privacy when having unprivileged backend users.


They should still exist in the civicrm_log table if you have access to the DB.

  • You can also view those entries with an unprivileged civicrm user. Nov 1, 2017 at 9:38
  • Thomas, can you say more about that?
    – Zachary
    Nov 1, 2017 at 17:31

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