You can ship G Suite logs to using Filebeat and Google Reports API.

Before you begin, you’ll need: Filebeat 7.9 or higher installed

G Suite setup

Set up a Service Account

Follow the official G Suite tutorial for setting up a service account.

Grant access to the Admin SDK API

Follow the official G Suite tutorial for granting access to the Admin API.

Delegate domain-wide authority to your service account
  • Open your G Suite domain’s Admin console.
  • Go to Main menu > Security > API controls.
  • In the Domain-wide delegation pane, select Manage Domain Wide Delegation.
  • Click Add new, and fill in the details:
    • Client ID - Enter the service account’s Client ID - you can find it in the service account’s details under Unique ID. It is also found in the client_id field of the credentials file that was auto-downloaded when you created a new key for your service account.
    • OAuth Scopes - Enter
    • Click Authorize to confirm your changes.

Filebeat monitoring setup

Download the public certificate to your Filebeat server

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

sudo curl --create-dirs -o /etc/pki/tls/certs/COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt
Configure Filebeat

Open the Filebeat configuration file (the default path /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml) with your preferred text editor. Copy and paste the code block below, overwriting the previous contents.

### Filebeat

### General
  logzio_codec: json
  type: gsuite
fields_under_root: true
encoding: utf-8
ignore_older: 3h

### Modules
- module: gsuite
    enabled: true
    var.jwt_file: "<<PATH_TO_CERDNTIALS_FILE>>"
    var.delegated_account: "<<DELEGATED_ACCOUNT_EMAIL>>"
    enabled: true
    var.jwt_file: "<<PATH_TO_CERDNTIALS_FILE>>"
    var.delegated_account: "<<DELEGATED_ACCOUNT_EMAIL>>"
    enabled: true
    var.jwt_file: "<<PATH_TO_CERDNTIALS_FILE>>"
    var.delegated_account: "<<DELEGATED_ACCOUNT_EMAIL>>"
    enabled: true
    var.jwt_file: "<<PATH_TO_CERDNTIALS_FILE>>"
    var.delegated_account: "<<DELEGATED_ACCOUNT_EMAIL>>"
    enabled: true
    var.jwt_file: "<<PATH_TO_CERDNTIALS_FILE>>"
    var.delegated_account: "<<DELEGATED_ACCOUNT_EMAIL>>"
    enabled: true
    var.jwt_file: "<<PATH_TO_CERDNTIALS_FILE>>"
    var.delegated_account: "<<DELEGATED_ACCOUNT_EMAIL>>"

### Input

### Registry
filebeat.registry.path: /var/lib/filebeat

### Processors
# The following processors are to ensure compatibility with version 7
- if:
    has_fields: ['gsuite']
  - rename:
      - from: "source"
        to: "gsuite_source"
- rename:
    - from: "agent"
      to: "filebeat_agent"
    ignore_missing: true
- rename:
    - from: "log.file.path"
      to: "source"
    ignore_missing: true

### Output 
  hosts: ["<<LISTENER-HOST>>:5015"]
    certificate_authorities: ['/etc/pki/tls/certs/COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt']

For a full list of available Filebeat configuration options for the G Suite module, please see Filebeat’s documentation.

Still in the same configuration file, replace the placeholders to match your specifics.

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

Replace <<LISTENER-HOST>> with your region’s listener host (for example, For more information on finding your account’s region, see Account region.

  • Replace <<PATH_TO_CREDENTIALS_FILE>> with the path to the credentials file (for example ./credentials_file.json if the credentials file is in the same path as filebeat.yml).

  • Replace <<DELEGATED_ACCOUNT_EMAIL>> with the email address of the admin G Suite user (for example

Start Filebeat

Start or restart Filebeat for the changes to take effect.

Check for your logs

Give your logs some time to get from your system to ours, and then open Kibana.

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