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PostgreSQL Logs Integration

To make use of the Sematext PostgreSQL Logs integration, you'll need to send parsed PostgreSQL logs to your Sematext Logs App. The easiest way is via Logagent, which can parse PostgreSQL logs out of the box.

Once data is in, you can explore it via the built-in reports:

PostgreSQL Logs Overview

Be sure to check out the PostgreSQL Monitoring integration as well, to get a complete view on PostgreSQL. For example, if you notice expensive queries in the logs, monitoring can tell you whether they hit the indices or they were mostly scans.

Setting up Logagent

With Node.js installed, you'd first need to install Logagent:

sudo npm i -g @sematext/logagent

Then, write a config file that tails your PostgreSQL logs and sends them to your PostgreSQL Logs App. Parsing happens out of the box, since we match the postgres source:

# Global options
  # print stats every 60 seconds 
  printStats: 60
  # don't write parsed logs to stdout
  suppress: true

    - /var/log/postgresql/postgresql-*-main.log

    module: elasticsearch
    # use for the EU region
      # send PostgreSQL logs to this Logs App
        - .*postgres.*\.log

Finally, use logagent-setup to copy the config to /etc/sematext/logagent.conf, then set up the init script and start Logagent:

sudo logagent-setup -c /path/to/logagent.conf

If you already have Logagent installed, you can simply append to the files input the PostgreSQL log file, then the two lines (token+pattern) in the elasticsearch output. In the end, restart Logagent.

Exploring logs

Once data is in, you can explore it using the built-in reports or create your own. For example, you can use the Statement Duration report to check on your queries:

PostgreSQL Statement Duration Report


If you have trouble sending logs, try out the latest version of Logagent via sudo npm i -g @sematext/logagent. Also, make sure Logagent is pointed to the right path and Logs App token.

If logs don't get parsed properly, or you need additional parsing, feel free to open an issue or to contribute to Logagent built-in patterns. These patterns are open-source, as well as Logagent itself.