LogDNA's collector agent which streams log files to your LogDNA account. Works with Linux, Windows, and macOS servers & Kubernetes clusters
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LogDNA's collector agent which streams log files to your LogDNA account. LogDNA is a hosted, cloud logging service.

Getting Started

From an Official Release

Check out the official LogDNA site on how to signup for an account and get started.

From Source

Follow these quick instructions to run the LogDNA agent from source:

git clone https://github.com/logdna/logdna-agent.git
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: /etc/logdna.conf
# On Windows, this will generate a config file: C:\ProgramData\logdna\logdna.conf

# on Linux, /var/log is monitored/added by default (recursively), optionally specify more folders
# on Windows, C:\ProgramData\logs is monitored/added by default (recursively), 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
sudo node index.js -w System                              # Windows System event logs (all providers)

# 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

Configuration File

Normally a config file is automatically generated (e.g. when you set a key using -k), but you can create your own config file /etc/logdna.conf on Linux and C:\ProgramData\logdna\logdna.conf on Windows:

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

On Windows, you can use Windows paths, just make sure to use \\ as a separator:

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


  • logdir: sets the paths that the agent will monitor for new files, separate multiple paths using ,, supports glob patterns + specific files. By default this option is set to monitor .log and extensionless files under /var/log/. Glob patterns should be given in double-quotes.
  • exclude: excludes files that otherwise would've matched logdir, separate multiple excludes using ,, supports glob patterns + specific files
  • exclude_regex: filters out any lines matching pattern in any file. Don't include leading and trailing /.
  • key: your LogDNA Ingestion Key. You can obtain one by creating an account on LogDNA site and once logged in to the webapp, click the Gear icon, then Account Profile.
  • tags: use tags to separate data for production, staging, or autoscaling use cases
  • hostname: override os hostname
  • autoupdate: sets whether the agent should update itself when new versions are available on the public repo (default is 1, set to 0 to disable)
  • winevent: sets Windows Event Log Configurations in logname format


  • Agent maintains persistent connections to LogDNA ingestion servers with HTTPS encryption
  • Reconnects if disconnected and will queue up new log lines while disconnected
  • Compression on upload (currently gzip)
  • Rescans for new files in all logdir paths, every minute
  • Transparently handles log rotated files in most OS's (supports: renamed, truncated & "new file per day" log rotation methods)
  • Init script is available here (rpm/deb packages already include this)
  • Agent is self-updating to latest point releases, no need to maintain latest versions (this requires LogDNA YUM/APT repo to be installed)
# YUM Repo
echo "[logdna]
name=LogDNA packages
gpgkey=https://repo.logdna.com/logdna.gpg" | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/logdna.repo

# APT Repo
echo "deb https://repo.logdna.com stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/logdna.list
wget -O- https://repo.logdna.com/logdna.gpg | 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.

Kubernetes Logging

Set up Kubernetes logging with 2 kubectl commands with the LogDNA agent! We extract pertinent Kubernetes metadata: pod name, container name, container id, namespace, and labels etc:

kubectl create secret generic logdna-agent-key --from-literal=logdna-agent-key=<YOUR LOGDNA INGESTION KEY>
kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/logdna/logdna-agent/master/logdna-agent-ds.yaml

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 https://app.logdna.com. See YAML file for additional options such as LOGDNA_TAGS.

If you don't have a LogDNA account, you can create one on https://logdna.com or if you're on macOS w/Homebrew installed:

brew cask install logdna-cli
logdna register <email>
# now paste the Ingestion Key into the kubectl commands above

We created this integration mainly based on customer feedback and that logging with Kubernetes should not be this painful.

LogDNA Pay-per-gig Pricing

Our paid plans start at $1.50/GB per month, pay for what you use / 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.