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Solr-diagnostics: How to use it and what it collects

If you’re running Solr and have to troubleshoot it (or maybe you just want a good overview!), then you’d probably want to collect logs, configs, maybe a snapshot of metrics and some system data, like top or netstat.

We created a small tool for this exact task, creatively named solr-diagnostics. It’s been out there for almost two years, and we found it useful in our Solr consulting and production support engagements. So we thought it’s about time to spread the word 🙂

keep in mind that if you need additional help, Sematext offers a full range of services for Solr.

How to use solr-diagnostics tool

You can download solr-diagnostics from its GitHub releases page. Then you’d run it (as root, if you want to collect everything) from the Solr node you’re interested in:

java -jar solr-diagnostics-VERSION.jar

The tool will politely say what it collects, then pack everything in a zip archive under /tmp. You can change this location by adding -outputdir /some/other/path

By default, solr-diagnostics will try to get all Solr logs. You can skip this by adding -noSolrLogs. Similarly, you can collect everything from /var/log (they are not fetched by default) by adding -getVarLog. Speaking of collecting data…

What solr-diagnostics tool collects

The list will keep expanding, but you can find an updated version in the solr-diagnostics github repository. At the time of writing this, it collects:

  • ps output
  • dmesg output
  • netstat output
  • sysctl output
  • uname output
  • top output
  • Solr logs and GC logs
  • (optionally) syslog
  • process limits
  • java version
  • solr.xml
  • configs
  • (Legacy Solr only) cores status
  • (SolrCloud only) collections list
  • (SolrCloud only) cluster status
  • (SolrCloud only) aliases
  • (SolrCloud only) overseer status
  • metrics snapshot

Didn’t find something that you need? Feel free to contribute or suggest an improvement.


As it is with open source (yes, this is Apache 2 licensed), feel free to open issues, submit PRs or anything else that you’d find helpful.

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