RSyslog Documentation

omjournal: Systemd Journal Output

Module Name:omjournal
Author:Rainer Gerhards <>


This module provides native support for logging to the systemd journal.

Configuration Parameters


Parameter names are case-insensitive.

Action Parameters


typedefaultmandatoryobsolete legacy directive

Template to use when submitting messages.

By default, rsyslog will use the incoming %msg% as the MESSAGE field of the journald entry, and include the syslog tag and priority.

You can override the default formatting of the message, and include custom fields with a template. Complex fields in the template (eg. json entries) will be added to the journal as json text. Other fields will be coerced to strings.

Journald requires that you include a template parameter named MESSAGE.


Example 1

The following sample writes all syslog messages to the journal with a custom EVENT_TYPE field.


template(name="journal" type="list") {
  constant(value="Something happened" outname="MESSAGE")
  property(name="$!event-type" outname="EVENT_TYPE")

action(type="omjournal" template="journal")

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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