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syslog-ng is an enhanced log daemon, supporting a wide range of input and output methods: syslog, unstructured text, queueing, SQL & NoSQL.

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syslog-ng is an enhanced log daemon, supporting a wide range of input and output methods: syslog, unstructured text, message queues, databases (SQL and NoSQL alike), and more.


The simplest configuration accepts system logs from /dev/log (from applications or forwarded by systemd) and writes everything to a single file:

@version: 4.6
@include "scl.conf"

log {
	source { system(); };
	destination { file("/var/log/syslog"); };

This one additionally processes logs from the network (TCP/514 by default):

@version: 4.6
@include "scl.conf"

log {
	source {
	destination { file("/var/log/syslog"); };

This config is designed for structured/application logging, using local submission via JSON, and outputting in key=value format:

@version: 4.6
@include "scl.conf"

log {
	source { system(); };
	destination { file("/var/log/app.log" template("$(format-welf --subkeys .cim.)\n")); };

To submit a structured log using logger, you might run:

$ logger '@cim: {"name1":"value1", "name2":"value2"}'

In which case the resulting message will be:

name1=value1 name2=value2

For a brief introduction to configuring the syslog-ng application, see the quickstart guide.


  • Receive and send RFC3164 and RFC5424 style syslog messages
  • Receive and send JSON formatted messages
  • Work with any kind of unstructured data
  • Classify and structure logs using built-in parsers (csv-parser(), db-parser(), kv-parser(), etc.)
  • Normalize, crunch, and process logs as they flow through the system
  • Hand over logs for further processing using files, message queues (like AMQP), or databases (like PostgreSQL or MongoDB)
  • Forward logs to big data tools (like Elasticsearch, Apache Kafka, or Apache Hadoop)


  • syslog-ng provides performance levels comparable to a large cluster when running on a single node
  • In the simplest use case, it scales up to 600-800k messages per second
  • But classification, parsing, and filtering still produce several tens of thousands of messages per second


  • syslog-ng is developed by a community of volunteers, the best way to contact us is via our github project page project, our gitter channel or our mailing list.
  • syslog-ng is integrated into almost all Linux distributions and BSDs, it is also incorporated into a number of products, see our powered by syslog-ng page for more details.


Balabit is the original creator and largest current sponsor of the syslog-ng project. They offer support, professional services, and addons you may be interested in


We are really interested to see who uses our software, so if you do use it and you like what you see, please tell us about it. A star on github or an email saying thanks means a lot already, but telling us about your use case, your experience, and things to improve would be much appreciated.

Just send an email to feedback (at)

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Installation from source

Releases and precompiled tarballs are available on GitHub.

To compile from source, the easiest is to use dbld, a docker based, self-hosted compile/build/release infrastructure within the source tree. See dbld/ for more information.

For the brave souls who want to compile syslog-ng from scratch, the usual drill applies:

$ ./configure && make && make install

The extra effort in contrast with the dbld based build is the need to fetch and install all build dependencies of syslog-ng (of which there are a few).

If you don't have a configure script (because of cloning from git, for example), run ./ to generate it.

Some of the functionality of syslog-ng is compiled only if the required development libraries are present. The configure script displays a summary of enabled features at the end of its run. For details, see the syslog-ng compiling instructions.

Installation from binaries

Binaries are available in various Linux distributions and contributors maintain packages of the latest and greatest syslog-ng version for various OSes.


Simply invoke the following command as root:

# apt install syslog-ng

The latest versions of syslog-ng are available for a wide range of Debian and Ubuntu releases from our APT repository.

The packages and the APT repository are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, on a best-effort level.

Supported distributions

syslog-ng packages are released for the following distribution versions (x86-64):

Distro version sources.list component name
Ubuntu 23.10 ubuntu-mantic
Ubuntu 23.04 ubuntu-lunar
Ubuntu 22.04 ubuntu-jammy
Ubuntu 20.04 ubuntu-focal
Debian 12 debian-bookworm
Debian 11 debian-bullseye
Debian 10 debian-buster
Debian Unstable debian-sid
Debian Testing debian-testing

Adding the APT repository

  1. Download and install the release signing key:

    wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
  2. Add the repository containing the latest build of syslog-ng to the APT sources. For example, stable releases on Ubuntu 22.04:

    echo "deb stable ubuntu-jammy" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/syslog-ng-ose.list
  3. Run apt update

Nightly builds

Nightly packages are built and released from the git master branch everyday.

Use nightly instead of stable in step 2 to use the nightly APT repository. E.g.:

echo "deb nightly ubuntu-jammy" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/syslog-ng-ose.list

Nightly builds can be used for testing purposes (obtaining new features and bugfixes) at the risk of breakage.

Arch Linux

# pacman -S syslog-ng


syslog-ng is available as a Fedora package that you can install using dnf:

# dnf install syslog-ng

You can download packages for the latest versions from here.

For instructions on how to install syslog-ng on RPM distributions, see the blog post Installing latest syslog-ng on RHEL and other RPM distributions.

If you wish to install the latest RPM package that comes from a recent commit in Git for testing purposes, read the blog post, RPM packages from syslog-ng Git HEAD.


# brew install syslog-ng


Binaries for other platforms are listed on the official third party page.

Installation from Docker image

Binaries are also available as a Docker image. To find out more, check out the blog post, Your central log server in Docker.

There are alternatives to the upstream provided, bare syslog-ng image, such as the AxoSyslog image for running syslog-ng in Kubernetes.


The official documentation of the latest released version of syslog-ng Open Source Edition provided by One Identity is available here. For earlier versions, see the syslog-ng Documentation Page.

An alternative, markdown based, improved, community maintained version of the documentation is available as AxoSyslog Core documentation. source code


If you would like to contribute to syslog-ng, to fix a bug or create a new module, the syslog-ng gitbook helps you take the first steps to working with the code base.

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