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Apache HTTP Server on a Linux system. This pack will parse out and configure Apache2 access logs. It supports two access log formats: Common and Combined logs. And it supports "normal" logs and virtual hosts logs.

Supported Version(s)

  • Version 2.4.

Tested rsyslog Version

  • 8.2212.0

What is Provided?

  • Parsing rules to extract Apache logs into Graylog schema-compatible fields. Apache logs get the GIM code “180200” (http.communication).

Stream Configuration

This technology pack includes one stream:

  • "Illuminate:Apache2 Device Messages"

Hint: If this stream does not exist prior to the activation of this pack then it will be created and configured to route messages to this stream and the associated index set. There should not be any stream rules configured for this stream.

Index Set Configuration

This technology pack includes one index set definition:

  • “Illuminate: Apache2 Messages”

Hint: If this index set is already defined, then nothing will be changed. If this index set does not exist, then it will be created with retention settings of a daily rotation and 90 days of retention. These settings can be adjusted as required after installation.

Log Format Example

Access Logs

[30/Jan/2023:15:06:52 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 3477 "-" “Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:109.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/109.0::1 - Stefan [07/Feb/2023:16:38:37 +0000] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 404 487 "http://localhost/" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/537.36"

Error Logs (beta, we support the following formats)

[Sun Jul 01 01:06:13 2022] [error] [client] File does not exist: /var/www/html/robots.txt[Wed Feb 01 00:00:01.584207 2023] [mpm_event:notice] [pid 745:tid 539654844431424] AH00999: Apache/9.4.41 (Ubuntu) configured -- resuming[Wed Jul 15 01:34:12.093005 2020] [proxy:error] [pid 139:tid 133316032] (13)Permission denied: AH00957: HTTP: attempt to connect to ( failed

Supported SSL Log format (beta support)

[13/Aug/2022:05:41:26 +0600] TLSv1.2 ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256 "GET /graylog/helper.php?cmd=gethelper HTTP/1.1" 1375

These SSL logs are custom logs; please configure your system accordingly. The custom file name is: httpd-ssl.log. These are default fields/values. Logs with non-default fields or order will not work.


  • There are two ways to deliver logs that are supported: Filebeat (with Sidecar) and rsyslog.

  • The pack supports a non-standard log folder as long as the name (access.log) does not change.

Input via Filebeat together with Graylog Sidecar

Please use the official Graylog Sidecar documentation to configure your Graylog server and your client(s).

  1. Create an input and an API key and set up Graylog Sidecar.

  2. Add your client(s), e.g. web server.

Hint: It is possible to run the Apache Web Server and Graylog on the same machine.

Graylog Server Settings

1. Create a global Beats input in Graylog.

2. Create a Graylog REST API access token and save it.

3. Create a (Linux) filebeat configuration under Sidercar > Configuration with a "filebeat on linux" collector.

4. Configure the file and add:

  • The correct IP (Graylog server IP) under hosts.

  • The log source configured to the desired value and a field event_source_product with the value apache_httpd.

- input_type: log
    - /var/log/apache2/access.log
    - /var/log/apache2/error.log
    - /var/log/apache2/httpd-ssl.log
  type: filestream
  fields_under_root: true
    event_source_product: apache_httpd

Warning: There must be two spaces in front of event_source_product and - /var... .

This will only log Apache access logs, but you can add error logs, etc.

5. Finally, save the configuration.

Configure a Client with Filebeat and Graylog Sidecar

1. Install Sidecar on the remote machine.

sudo dpkg -i graylog-sidecar-repository_1-5_all.deb
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install graylog-sidecar

2. Edit the /etc/graylog/sidecar/sidecar.yml file and configure:

  • server_url: GraylogServerIP

  • server_api_token: Your API token

sudo gedit /etc/graylog/sidecar/sidecar.yml
server_url: ""
server_api_token: "65ol7edseo24mub8o7pu86h2rsr8j9fjjpimtrm9nrpbjso7cnv"

3. Install, enable, and verify the Sidecar service.

sudo graylog-sidecar -service install
sudo systemctl enable graylog-sidecar
sudo systemctl start graylog-sidecar
sudo systemctl status graylog-sidecar

Warning: The provided commands are only examples; please use your IP and API token. For example commands for Ubuntu, refer the official documentation.

4. Install filebeats according to the documentation. Or, here is the download link for the OSS version.

  • If you install it manually, install it again under /etc/filebeat.

  • If you install it via apt-get, then it is in the correct folder.

Example commands for Ubuntu:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elastic-8.x.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install filebeat
sudo systemctl enable filebeat
sudo systemctl start filebeat
sudo systemctl status filebeat

5. Optional. Edit the filebeat.yml file as needed. You do this via the Sidecar configuration in Graylog.
6. Start the deamon.
7. If there is a permission issue, you can resolve with:

sudo chown root filebeat.yml

8. In Graylog, assign a configuration to your machine.

Requirements for Input via rsyslog

  • A configured UDP (or TCP_syslog input on Graylog server).

  • Installation of rsyslog via the official documentation.

  • A configured rsyslog.conf.

For example /etc/rsyslog.conf with a UDP input at 1514 on IP

# provides UDP syslog reception
$ModLoad imudp
$UDPServerRun 1514
*.* @;RSYSLOG_SyslogProtocol23Format
  • A configured 02-apache2.conf.

You might need to create the configuration file with:

sudo gedit /etc/rsyslog.d/02-apache2.conf

If it is in the correct folder, rsyslog will load the file automatically after restarting the rsyslog service.

Example for 02-apache2.conf to log access, ssl, and error logs:

module(load="imfile" PollingInterval="10""/var/spool/rsyslog")
local6.access        @

Warning: This configuration is for UDP. UDP is not a reliable protocol, so consider if TCP is a better option for your organization. After installing rsyslog there might be active default rules (e.g. 50-default.conf) that log system, kernel, and other logs. Deactivate them if not needed.

Use this command to restart the service on Ubuntu:

sudo systemctl restart rsyslog

You can check the status with:

sudo systemctl status rsyslog

Note that red lines may indicate problems.


  • Error logs are beta; most formats compatible.