The Apache HTTP Server, colloquially called Apache, is a free and open-source cross-platform web server. This integration allows you to send logs from your Apache server instances to your Logz.io account.

Step by step

Before you begin, you’ll need:

  • Filebeat installed
  • Port 5015 open.
  • Root access
Download the Logz.io public certificate to your credentials server

For HTTPS shipping, download the Logz.io public certificate to your certificate authority folder.

sudo curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/logzio/public-certificates/master/AAACertificateServices.crt --create-dirs -o /etc/pki/tls/certs/COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt
Add Apache as an input

In the Filebeat configuration file (/etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml), add Apache to the filebeat.inputs section.

The default log locations for:

  • Ubuntu and Debian - /var/log/apache2/access.log
  • RHEL, CentOS, Fedora - /var/log/httpd/access_log

Replace <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>> with the token of the account you want to ship to.

Filebeat requires a file extension specified for the log input.

# ...
filebeat.inputs:
- type: filestream

  paths:
  # Ubuntu, Debian: `/var/log/apache2/access.log`
  #  RHEL, CentOS, Fedora: `/var/log/httpd/access_log`
  - /var/log/apache2/access.log

  fields:
    logzio_codec: plain

    # You can manage your tokens at
    #  https://app.logz.io/#/dashboard/settings/manage-tokens/log-shipping
    token: <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>
    type: apache_access
  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 3h

- type: filestream

  paths:
  # Ubuntu, Debian: `/var/log/apache2/error.log`
  #  RHEL, CentOS, Fedora: `/var/log/httpd/error_log`
  - /var/log/apache2/error.log

  fields:
    logzio_codec: plain

    # You can manage your tokens at
    #  https://app.logz.io/#/dashboard/settings/manage-tokens/log-shipping
    token: <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>
    type: apache_error
  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 3h

If you’re running Filebeat 7 to 8.1, paste the code block below instead:

# ...
filebeat.inputs:
- type: log

  paths:
  # Ubuntu, Debian: `/var/log/apache2/access.log`
  #  RHEL, CentOS, Fedora: `/var/log/httpd/access_log`
  - /var/log/apache2/access.log

  fields:
    logzio_codec: plain

    # You can manage your tokens at
    #  https://app.logz.io/#/dashboard/settings/manage-tokens/log-shipping
    token: <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>
    type: apache_access
  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 3h

- type: log

  paths:
  # Ubuntu, Debian: `/var/log/apache2/error.log`
  #  RHEL, CentOS, Fedora: `/var/log/httpd/error_log`
  - /var/log/apache2/error.log

  fields:
    logzio_codec: plain

    # You can manage your tokens at
    #  https://app.logz.io/#/dashboard/settings/manage-tokens/log-shipping
    token: <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>
    type: apache_error
  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 3h
Set Logz.io as the output

If Logz.io is not an output, add it now. Remove all other outputs.

Replace <<LISTENER-HOST>> with the host for your region. For example, listener.logz.io if your account is hosted on AWS US East, or listener-nl.logz.io if hosted on Azure West Europe. The required port depends whether HTTP or HTTPS is used: HTTP = 8070, HTTPS = 8071.

# ...
output.logstash:
  hosts: ["<<LISTENER-HOST>>:5015"]
  ssl:
    certificate_authorities: ['/etc/pki/tls/certs/COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt']
Start Filebeat

Start or restart Filebeat for the changes to take effect.

Check Logz.io for your logs

Give your logs some time to get from your system to ours, and then open Kibana. You can search for type:apache OR apache_access OR apache-access to filter for your Apache logs. Your logs should be already parsed thanks to the Logz.io preconfigured parsing pipeline.

If you still don’t see your logs, see Filebeat troubleshooting.