Snap-Telemetry collector plugin for Syslog messages
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This Snap-Telemetry plugin collects events from Syslog in response to the wishlist request for this feature.

  1. Getting Started
  1. Documentation
  1. Acknowledgements

Getting Started

Read the system requirements, supported platforms, and installation guide for obtaining and using this Snap plugin.

System Requirements

Operating systems

All OSs currently supported by snap:

  • Linux/amd64
  • Darwin/amd64


The following sections provide a guide for obtaining the Syslog collector plugin.


The simplest approach is to use go get to fetch and build the plugin. The following command will place the binary in your $GOPATH/bin folder where you can load it into snap.

$ go get


The following provides instructions for building the plugin yourself if you decided to downlaod the source. We assume you already have a $GOPATH setup for golang development. The repository utilizes glide for library management.

$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
$ cd $GOPATH/src/
$ git clone
$ glide up
[INFO]	Downloading dependencies. Please wait...
[INFO]	--> Fetching updates for ...
[INFO]	Resolving imports
[INFO]	--> Fetching updates for ...
[INFO]	Downloading dependencies. Please wait...
[INFO]	Setting references for remaining imports
[INFO]	Exporting resolved dependencies...
[INFO]	--> Exporting ...
[INFO]	Replacing existing vendor dependencies
[INFO]	Project relies on ... dependencies.
$ go install

Source structure

The following file structure provides an overview of where the files exist in the source tree. The syslog.go file does all the work.

├── glide.yaml
├── main.go
└── syslog
    ├── syslog.go
    └── syslog_test.go

Configuration and Usage

Set up the Snap framework

Load the Plugin

Once the framework is up and running, you can load the plugin.

$ snaptel plugin load snap-plugin-collector-syslog
$ snaptel metric list
NAMESPACE                            VERSIONS
/opsvision/syslog/counter            1
/opsvision/syslog/event/*/message 	 1
/opsvision/syslog/event/*/summary    1

Task File

Create a file called, for example, syslog.yaml shown below or download the example task file. For our task example, we are using a file publisher that outputs the collected content to /tmp/syslog_metrics.log.

  version: 1
    type: "simple"
    interval: "1s"
  max-failures: 10
          port: 1514
          bufsize: 1024
        /opsvision/syslog/counter: {}
        /opsvision/syslog/event/*/summary: {}
        /opsvision/syslog/event/*/message: {}
        - plugin_name: "file"
            file: "/tmp/syslog_metrics.log"

Once the task file has been created, you can create and watch the task.

$ snaptel task create -t syslog.yaml
$ snaptel task list
ID                                       NAME                                         STATE
f3ad05b2-3706-4991-ab29-c96e15813893     Task-f3ad05b2-3706-4991-ab29-c96e15813893    Running
$ snaptel task watch f3ad05b2-3706-4991-ab29-c96e15813893


Collected Metrics

This plugin has the ability to gather the following metrics:

Namespace Description (optional)
/opsvision/syslog/counter a 64bit counter representing the number of log messages processed since the start of the collector
/opsvision/syslog/events/[source]/message the entire syslog payload in JSON format
/opsvision/syslog/events/[source]/summary the syslog message

Note: The [source] will be either the source hostname or IP address.

Example output

The following provides an example of the output from the Syslog collector. Here, the [source] is localhost.

/opsvision/syslog/counter                        39              2017-01-01 10:00:00.000000000 +0000 UTC
/opsvision/syslog/event/localhost/message        {...}           2017-01-01 10:00:00.000000000 +0000 UTC
/opsvision/syslog/event/localhost/summary        Test message    2017-01-01 10:00:00.000000000 +0000 UTC

The /opsvision/syslog/event/[source]/message metric will be a JSON string containing the following fields:

    "message":"Test message",
    "structured_data":"[meta sequenceId=\"15\"]",

Issues and Roadmap

  • Testing: The testing being done is rudimentary at best. Need to improve the testing in syslog_test.go.
  • Syslog Format: The Syslog library being used allows for different formats (RFC3164, RFC6587 or RFC5424). Need to update the code to allow for selection of one of these. Currently, the default is RFC5424.
  • Leverage a Stream-based Collector Model: The Snap collector workflow is schedule based. This means that the Syslog collector will spit out null values in the log if there are no messages in the queue. There have been discussions on the Snap Slack #snap-developers channel about a collector that can handle stream data. This will greatly improve the Syslog collector as well as other collection sources such as SNMP Traps, NetFlow, and so on.

Note: Please let me know if you find a bug or have feedbck on how to improve the collector.