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Remote syslog integration

In addition to using Aiven for OpenSearch® to store the logs from your Aiven services, you can also integrate with an external monitoring system that supports the rsyslog protocol.

Creating rsyslog integration

Add rsyslog integration endpoint

Add the remote syslog you want to send the log to into the project that contains the service you want to integrate.

This can be configured from the Integration endpoints page in the Aiven Console.

"Create new Syslog endpoint" dialog

Another option is to use the Aiven Client .

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d example-syslog -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=514 \
-c format=rfc5424 -c tls=true

When defining the remote syslog server the following parameters can be applied using the -c switch.


  • server - DNS name or IPv4 address of the server
  • port - port to connect to
  • format - message format used by the server, this can be either rfc3164 (the old BSD style message format), rfc5424 (current syslog message format) or custom
  • tls - use TLS (as the messages are not filtered and may contain sensitive information, it is highly recommended to set this to true if the remote server supports it)

Conditional (required if format == custom):

  • logline - syslog log line template for a custom format, supporting limited rsyslog style templating (using %tag% ). Supported tags are: HOSTNAME, app-name, msg, msgid, pri, procid, structured-data, timestamp and timestamp:::date-rfc3339.


  • sd - content of the structured data block of rfc5424 message
  • ca - (PEM format) Certificate Authority to use for verifying the servers certificate (typically not needed unless the server's certificate is issued by an internal CA or it uses a self-signed certificate)
  • key - (PEM format) client key if the server requires client authentication
  • cert - (PEM format) client cert to use
  • max_message_size - Rsyslog maximum message size; default value: 8192

Add rsyslog integration to service

This can be configured in the Aiven Console by navigating to the Overview page of the target service > the Service integrations section and selecting Manage integrations.

You should be able to select your previously configured Rsyslog service integration by selecting Enable in the modal window.

Alternately, with the Aiven Client, first you need the id of the endpoint previously created.

avn service integration-endpoint-list --project your-project

==================================== ============== =============
618fb764-5832-4636-ba26-0d9857222cfd example-syslog rsyslog

Then you can link the service to the endpoint.

avn service integration-create --project your-project \
-t rsyslog -s your-service \
-D 618fb764-5832-4636-ba26-0d9857222cfd

Example configurations

Rsyslog is a standard integration so you can use it with any external system. We have collected some examples of how to integrate with popular third party platforms to get you started.


All integrations can be configured using the Aiven Console or the Aiven CLI though the examples are easier to copy and paste in the CLI form.


For a Coralogix integration, use a custom logline format with your key and company ID.

The Syslog Endpoint to use for server depends on your account:

  • If it ends with .com, use
  • If it ends with .us, use
  • If it ends with .in, use

See the Coralogix Rsyslog documentation for more information.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d coralogix -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=5142 \
-c tls=false -c format=custom \
-c logline="{\"fields\": {\"private_key\":\"YOUR_CORALOGIX_KEY\",\"company_id\":\"YOUR_COMPANY_ID\",\"app_name\":\"%app-name%\",\"subsystem_name\":\"programname\"},\"message\": {\"message\":\"%msg%\",\"program_name\":\"%programname%\",\"pri_text\":\"%pri%\",\"hostname\":\"%HOSTNAME%\"}}"

tls needs to be set to false.


For Loggly integration, use a custom logline format with your token.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d loggly -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=6514 \
-c tls=true -c format=custom \
-c logline='<%pri%>%protocol-version% %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %HOSTNAME% %app-name% %procid% %msgid% TOKEN tag="RsyslogTLS"] %msg%'

Mezmo (LogDNA)

For Mezmo syslog integration, use a custom logline format with your key.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d logdna -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=6514 \
-c tls=true -c format=custom \
-c logline='<%pri%>%protocol-version% %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %HOSTNAME% %app-name% %procid% %msgid% [logdna@48950 key="YOUR_KEY_GOES_HERE"] %msg%'

New Relic

For New Relic Syslog integration, use a custom logline format with your license key. This is so you can prepend your New Relic License Key and ensure the format matches the built-in Grok pattern.

The value to use for server depends on the account location:

  • for an EU region account (the US endpoint will not work for an EU account)
  • for other regions

For more information, see Use TCP endpoint to forward logs to New Relic

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d newrelic -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=6514 \
-c tls=true -c format=custom \
-c logline='YOUR_LICENSE_KEY <%pri%>%protocol-version% %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %hostname% %app-name% %procid% %msgid% %structured-data% %msg%'


As Papertrail identifies the client based on the server and port you only need to copy the appropriate values from the "Log Destinations" page and use those as the values for server and port respectively. You do not need the ca-bundle as the Papertrail servers use certificates signed by a known CA. You also need to set the format to rfc3164.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d papertrail -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=XXXXX \
-c tls=true -c format=rfc3164

Sumo Logic®

For Sumo Logic, use a custom logline format with your collector token, use the server and port of the collector, and replace YOUR_DEPLOYMENT with one of au, ca, de, eu, fed, in, jp, us1 or us2. See Cloud Syslog Source for more information.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d sumologic -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=6514 \
-c tls=true -c format=custom \
-c logline='<%pri%>%protocol-version% %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %HOSTNAME% %app-name% %procid% %msgid% YOUR_TOKEN %msg%'

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