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LogDNA Agent

LogDNA Agent streams from log files to your LogDNA account. Works with Linux, Windows, and macOS Servers.

⚠️ Deprecation Warning

logdna-agent will soon be deprecated and will cease to have support. Please refer to LogDNA Agent V2 for all future implementations.

Getting Started

From an Official Release

Check out the official LogDNA site to learn how to sign up for an account and get started.

From Source

Follow these instructions to run the LogDNA agent from source:

git clone
cd logdna-agent
npm install

# help
sudo node index.js --help

# configure
sudo node index.js -k <YOUR LOGDNA INGESTION KEY>
# On Linux, this will generate a config file at: /etc/logdna.conf
# On Windows, this will generate a config file at: C:\ProgramData\logdna\logdna.conf

# on Linux, /var/log is monitored/added by default (recursively). You can optionally specify more folders
# on Windows, C:\ProgramData\logs is monitored/added by default (recursively). You can optionally specify more folders
sudo node index.js -d /path/to/log/folders -d /path/to/2nd/folder
sudo node index.js -d /var/log                            # folder only assumes *.log + extensionless files
sudo node index.js -d "/var/log/*.txt"                    # supports glob patterns
sudo node index.js -d "/var/log/**/*.txt"                 # *.txt in any subfolder
sudo node index.js -d "/var/log/**/myapp.log"             # myapp.log in any subfolder
sudo node index.js -d "/var/log/+(name1|name2).log"       # supports extended glob patterns
sudo node index.js -e /var/log/nginx/error.log            # exclude specific files from -d
sudo node index.js -f /usr/local/nginx/logs/access.log    # add specific files
sudo node index.js -t production                          # tags
sudo node index.js -t production,app1=/opt/app1           # tags for specific paths

# other commands
sudo node index.js -l                                     # show all saved options from config
sudo node index.js -l tags,key,logdir                     # show specific entries from config
sudo node index.js -u tags                                # unset tags
sudo node index.js -u tags,logdir                         # unset tags and logdir
sudo node index.js -u all                                 # unset everything except ingestion key

# start the agent
sudo node index.js

Note that when using glob patterns with index.js, you must enclose the pattern in double quotes.

Configuration File

Normally a config file is automatically generated (e.g. when you set a key using index.js -k) and updated (e.g. when you add a directory using index.js -d) but you can create your own config file /etc/logdna.conf on Linux and C:\ProgramData\logdna\logdna.conf on Windows and save your settings there:

logdir = /var/log/myapp,/path/to/2nd/dir

On Windows, use \\ as a separator:

logdir = C:\\Users\\username\\AppData\\myapp

Configuration File Options

  • logdir: sets the paths that the agent will monitor for new files. Multiple paths can be specified, separated by ,. Supports glob patterns + specific files. By default this option is set to monitor .log and extensionless files under /var/log/.
  • exclude: sets files to exclude that would otherwise match what's set in logdir. Multiple paths can be specified, separated by ,. Supports glob patterns + specific files
  • exclude_regex: filters out any log lines matching this pattern in any file. Should not include leading or trailing /.
  • key: your LogDNA Ingestion Key. You can obtain one by creating an account at LogDNA. Once logged in, click on the Gear icon, then Account Profile to find your key.
  • tags: tags can be used e.g. to separate data from production, staging, or autoscaling use cases
  • hostname: set this to override the os hostname


  • The Agent maintains persistent connections to LogDNA ingestion servers with HTTPS encryption
  • Reconnects if disconnected and will queue up new log lines while disconnected
  • Compresses on upload (gzip)
  • Rescans for new files in all logdir paths every minute
  • Handles log rotated files on most operating systems (supports: renamed, truncated & "new file per day" log rotation methods)
  • Init script is available here (rpm/deb packages already include this)
# YUM Repo
echo "[logdna]
name=LogDNA packages
gpgkey=" | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/logdna.repo

# APT Repo
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/logdna.list
wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update

How it Works

The LogDNA agent authenticates using your LogDNA Ingestion Key and opens a secure web socket to LogDNA's ingestion servers. It then 'tails' for new log data, as well as watches for new files added to your specific logging directories.

If you don't have a LogDNA account, you can create one on Or if you're using macOS w/Homebrew installed:

brew cask install logdna-cli
logdna register <email>

Kubernetes Logging

Please see our documentation for Kubernetes instructions.

OpenShift Logging

OpenShift logging requires a few additional steps over Kubernetes, but still pretty easy! Like Kubernetes, we extract pertinent metadata: pod name, container name, container id, namespace, project, and labels etc:

oc adm new-project --node-selector='' logdna-agent
oc project logdna-agent
oc create serviceaccount logdna-agent
oc adm policy add-scc-to-user privileged system:serviceaccount:logdna-agent:logdna-agent
oc create secret generic logdna-agent-key --from-literal=logdna-agent-key=<YOUR LOGDNA INGESTION KEY>
oc create -f

This automatically installs a logdna-agent pod into each node in your cluster and ships stdout/stderr from all containers, both application logs and node logs. Note: By default, the agent pod will collect logs from all namespaces on each node, including kube-system. View your logs at See YAML file for additional options such as LOGDNA_TAGS.


  • The oc adm new-project method prevents having to adjust the project namespace's node-selector after creation.
  • This uses JOURNALD=files, you may need to change this if you have changed OpenShift logging configuration.
  • This has been tested on OpenShift 3.5-11

Fedora CoreOS Logging

If you're using a docker-less containerized (e.g. podman) operating system like Fedora CoreOS where logs are forwarded to journald, you will be unable to use logspout (if your OS does use Docker, refer to LogDNA LogSpout for instructions on how to set that up).

You can run logdna-agent inside a container to read from journald with a few modifications. First, you'll need to set up systemd inside the container so that it can read from journalctl. Note that due to the systemd dependency, you may have some difficulties starting from a base image like Alpine. Instead, try starting from a distribution such as Debian or CentOS. The following assumes that you're starting from the Ubuntu based image provided by LogDNA.

In your Containerfile, install systemd:

FROM logdna/logdna-agent

# Install systemd so we can read logs via journalctl
RUN apt-get update \
    && apt-get install -y --no-install-recommends systemd \
    && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*

Next, you need to ensure the USEJOURNALD environment variable is set. If set to files, the agent will read from journald and forward the logs. The agent can be configured either in your image or entrypoint.

By default the agent will read logs from the /var/log. These logs won't be very useful since they'll be referencing the container and not the host. You cannot omit logdir since the agent will still read from /var/log if logdir is missing from the configuration. Instead, to disable reading from files, set logdir to an empty directory (e.g. /usr/src).

Finally, mount /var/log/journal inside the container so the agent can use journalctl to read logs. An example systemd service configuration could look like the following:

Description=LogDNA Forwarder

ExecStartPre=-/bin/podman kill logdna
ExecStartPre=-/bin/podman rm logdna
ExecStartPre=/bin/podman pull my-custom/logdna-agent
ExecStart=/bin/podman run -v /var/log/journal:/var/log/journal:z --name logdna my-custom/logdna-agent


Windows Logging

The LogDNA agent can be installed through Chocolatey. You will need:

  • Windows PowerShell v3+ (not PowerShell Core aka PowerShell 6 yet)
  • Windows 7+/Windows 2003+ (Server Core also, but not Windows Nano Server)
  • .NET Framework 4.x+

For more details, view our Windows Agent docs

LogDNA Pay-per-gig Pricing

Our paid plans start at $1.50/GB per month. Pay only for what you use, with no fixed data buckets. All paid plans include all features.



Contributions are always welcome. See the contributing guide to learn how you can help. Build instructions for the agent are also in the guide.