Use this documentation with care! It describes
the outdated version 7, which was actively
developed around 2014 and is considered dead by the
This documentation reflects the latest update of the v7-stable branch. It describes the 7.6.8 version, which was never released. As such, it contains some content that does not apply to any released version.
To obtain the doc that properly matches your installed v7 version, obtain the doc set from your distro. Each version of rsyslog contained the version that exactly matches it.
As general advise, it is strongly suggested to upgrade to the current version supported by the rsyslog project. The current version can always be found on the right-hand side info box on the rsyslog web site.
Note that there is only limited rsyslog community support available for the outdated v7 version (officially we do not support it at all, but we usually are able to answer simple questions). If you need to stick with v7, it probably is best to ask your distribution for support.
Welcome to Rsyslog¶
Rsyslog is a rocket-fast system for log processing. It offers high-performance, great security features and a modular design. While it started as a regular syslogd, rsyslog has evolved into a kind of swiss army knife of logging, being able to
- accept inputs from a wide variety of sources,
- transform them,
- and output the results to diverse destinations.
Rsyslog has a strong enterprise focus but also scales down to small systems. It supports, among others, MySQL , PostgreSQL, failover log destinations, syslog/tcp transport, fine grain output format control, high precision timestamps, queued operations and the ability to filter on any message part.
- Encrypting Syslog Traffic with TLS (SSL)
- Encrypting Syslog Traffic with TLS (SSL) [short version]
- Writing syslog messages to MySQL, PostgreSQL or any other supported Database
- Handling a massive syslog database insert rate with Rsyslog
- Reliable Forwarding of syslog Messages with Rsyslog
- Recording the Priority of Syslog Messages
- Failover Syslog Server
- Log rotation with rsyslog
- Historical Documents
Sponsors and Community¶
Please visit the rsyslog Sponsor’s Page to honor the project sponsors or become one yourself! We are very grateful for any help towards the project goals.
Visit the Rsyslog Status Page to obtain current version information and project status.
If you like rsyslog, you might want to lend us a helping hand. It doesn’t require a lot of time - even a single mouse click helps. Learn how to help the rsyslog project.