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About

I like Heroku as a first destination for new projects. Heroku has a couple addons for log management, but AWS CloudWatch Logs is a super low cost place for log files, and a relatively known quantity operationally.

There's no simple "select this addon" solution for Cloudwatch Logs from Heroku, but Heroku supports log "drains".

This lambda function acts as a Heroku log drain.

With a serverless solution I'm only charged for computing resources I use: important for situations where Heroku's free tier may power down the unused instance.

Using this lambda script

  1. Create an S3 bucket named heroku-cloudwatch-sync-app. If you decide to use a different name then there's a variable for that in the Cloudformation template for that.

  2. make creates the zip file for deployment. Upload the file target/herokuCloudwatchSync.zip to the S3 bucket.

  3. Run build-scripts/create_cloudformation.sh

  4. cp env.sample .env and fill out the values of the environmental variables with the S3 bucket name and the name of the lambda function that Cloudformation created for you (go into the lambda management console).

  5. make deploy will deploy the package to S3 and trigger lambda to use the new code.

  6. Using the AWS lambda management console, find out the URL for the lambda.

  7. The lambda takes two path parameters at the end: these are the Cloudwatch Logs log group and log stream to write events to. Decide on these.

  8. heroku drains:add https://{lambdaApiEndpoint}/Prod/flush/{logGroup}/{logStream}

Testing deployment

Visit the /Prod/flush/test/testing route and you should not get errors in the CloudWatch logs for the lambda function.

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Alternatives

If you want to avoid doing all this, consider Logbox.io, which provides a similar service but with less AWS fiddling. (Especially good if AWS isn't your primary cloud provider!)

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Provides a drain to move Heroku Logs -> Cloudwatch Logs, as lambda (Cloudformation included!)

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