RSyslog Documentation

imklog: Kernel Log Input Module

Module Name:imklog
Author:Rainer Gerhards <>


Reads messages from the kernel log and submits them to the syslog engine.

Configuration Parameters


Parameter names are case-insensitive.

Module Parameters


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive
facility(see description)no$KLogInternalMsgFacility

The facility which messages internally generated by imklog will have. imklog generates some messages of itself (e.g. on problems, startup and shutdown) and these do not stem from the kernel. Historically, under Linux, these too have “kern” facility. Thus, on Linux platforms the default is “kern” while on others it is “syslogd”. You usually do not need to specify this configuration directive - it is included primarily for few limited cases where it is needed for good reason. Bottom line: if you don’t have a good idea why you should use this setting, do not touch it.


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive

At least under BSD the kernel log may contain entries with non-kernel facilities. This setting controls how those are handled. The default is “off”, in which case these messages are ignored. Switch it to on to submit non-kernel messages to rsyslog processing.


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive

Sets the console log level. If specified, only messages with up to the specified level are printed to the console. The default is -1, which means that the current settings are not modified. To get this behavior, do not specify $klogConsoleLogLevel in the configuration file. Note that this is a global parameter. Each time it is changed, the previous definition is re-set. The one activate will be that one that is active when imklog actually starts processing. In short words: do not specify this directive more than once!

Linux only, ignored on other platforms (but may be specified)


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive

If enabled and the kernel creates a timestamp for its log messages, this timestamp will be parsed and converted into regular message time instead to use the receive time of the kernel message (as in 5.8.x and before). Default is ‘off’ to prevent parsing the kernel timestamp, because the clock used by the kernel to create the timestamps is not supposed to be as accurate as the monotonic clock required to convert it. Depending on the hardware and kernel, it can result in message time differences between kernel and system messages which occurred at same time.


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive

If enabled, this option causes to keep the [timestamp] provided by the kernel at the begin of in each message rather than to remove it, when it could be parsed and converted into local time for use as regular message time. Only used, when $klogParseKernelTimestamp is on.


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive
word(see description)no$klogpath

Defines the path to the log file that is used. If this parameter is not set a default will be used. On Linux “/proc/kmsg” and else “/dev/klog”.


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive

New in version 8.35.0.

The rate-limiting interval in seconds. Value 0 turns off rate limiting. Set it to a number of seconds (5 recommended) to activate rate-limiting.


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive

New in version 8.35.0.

Specifies the rate-limiting burst in number of messages. Set it high to preserve all bootup messages.

Caveats/Known Bugs

This is obviously platform specific and requires platform drivers. Currently, imklog functionality is available on Linux and BSD.

This module is not supported on Solaris and not needed there. For Solaris kernel input, use imsolaris.

Example 1

The following sample pulls messages from the kernel log. All parameters are left by default, which is usually a good idea. Please note that loading the plugin is sufficient to activate it. No directive is needed to start pulling kernel messages.


Example 2

The following sample adds a ratelimiter. The burst and interval are set high to allow for a large volume of messages on boot.

module(load="imklog" RatelimitBurst="5000" RatelimitInterval="5")

Unsupported obsolete legacy directives

$DebugPrintKernelSymbols on/off

Linux only, ignored on other platforms (but may be specified). Defaults to off.


This directive is no longer supported. Instead, use the global $localHostIPIF directive instead.

$klogUseSyscallInterface on/off

Linux only, ignored on other platforms (but may be specified). Defaults to off.

$klogSymbolsTwice on/off

Linux only, ignored on other platforms (but may be specified). Defaults to off.

See also

Help with configuring/using Rsyslog:

  • Mailing list - best route for general questions
  • GitHub: rsyslog source project - detailed questions, reporting issues that are believed to be bugs with Rsyslog
  • Stack Exchange (View, Ask) - experimental support from rsyslog community

See also

Contributing to Rsyslog:

Copyright 2008-2020 Rainer Gerhards (Großrinderfeld), and Others.

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