In addition to using Aiven Elasticsearch to store the logs from your Aiven services, you can now integrate with an external monitoring system that supports the rsyslog protocol.

Creating rsyslog integration 

Add rsyslog integration endpoint

As the first step, you need to add the remote syslog you want to send the log to into the project that contains the service you want to integrate.

This can be configured from the Service Integrations page in the Aiven Console.

Another option is to use the Aiven Client

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
    -d example-syslog -t rsyslog \
    -c -c port=514 \
    -c format=rfc5424 -c tls=true

When defining the remote syslog server the following parameters can be applied


  • server -  DNS name or IPv4 address of the server

  • port - port to connect to

  • format - message format used by the server, this can be either rfc3164 (the old BSD style message format), rfc5424 (current syslog message format) or custom

  • tls - use TLS (as the messages are not filtered and may contain sensitive information, it is highly recommended to set this to true if the remote server supports it)

Conditional (required if format == custom):

  • logline - syslog log line template for a custom format, supporting limited rsyslog style templating (using %tag%). Supported tags are: pri, timestamp, timestamp:::date-rfc3339, HOSTNAME, app-name, procid, msgid, msg and structured-data


  • sd - content of the structured data block of rfc5424 message

  • ca - (PEM format) Certificate Authority to use for verifying the servers certificate (typically not needed unless the server's certificate is issued by an internal CA or it uses a self-signed certificate)

  • key - (PEM format) client key if the server requires client authentication

  • cert - (PEM format) client cert to use  

Add rsyslog integration to service

This can be configured in the Aiven Console by navigating to the target service overview page and then scrolling down to the Manage Integrations button.

You should be able to select your previously configured Rsyslog service integration by clicking Use integration in the modal window.

Alternately, with the Aiven Client, first you need the id of the endpoint previously created 

avn service integration-endpoint-list --project your-project
====================================  ==============  =============
618fb764-5832-4636-ba26-0d9857222cfd  example-syslog  rsyslog

Finally you can link the service to the endpoint

avn service integration-create --project your-project \
    -t rsyslog -s your-service \
    -D 618fb764-5832-4636-ba26-0d9857222cfd

Integrating with a third party syslog service

All integrations can be configured using the Aiven Console or the Aiven CLI though the examples are easier to copy and paste in the CLI form.


As papertrail identifies the client based on the server and port  you only need to copy the appropriate values from the "Log Destinations" page and use those as the values for server and port respectively. You do not need the ca-bundle as papertrail's servers use certificates signed by known CAs. You also need to set the format to rfc3164.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
    -d papertrail -t rsyslog \
    -c -c port=XXXXX \
    -c format=rfc3164 -c tls=true


In addition to the server and port you also need a customer token which you then need to give as part of the -c sd parameter when creating the endpoint.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
    -d loggly -t rsyslog \
    -c -c port=514 \
    -c format=rfc5424 -c tls=true \
    -c sd='TOKEN@NNNNN TAG="tag-of-your-choice"'

sumo logic

You need to the give the collector token as the -c sd parameter and use the server and port of the collector. 

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
    -d loggly -t rsyslog \
    -c \
    -c port=6514 \
    -c format=rfc5424 -c tls=true \
    -c sd='collector-token-string@NNNNN'


For datadog integration you need to use custom format with logline

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \ 
    -d datadog -t rsyslog \
    -c -c port=10516 \
    -c tls=true -c format=custom \
    -c logline='DATADOG_API_KEY <%pri%>1 %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %HOSTNAME% %app-name% - - - %msg%'

NOTE: If you want to use datadog EU environment, the service address is:


Port: 443


You will also need a custom logline format for NewRelic Syslog integration. This is so you can prepend your NewRelic Insights Insert Key and ensure the format matches the built-in Grok pattern.

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \ 
-d newrelic -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=6514 \
-c tls=true -c format=custom \
-c logline='NEWRELIC_INSIGHTS_INSERT_KEY <%pri%>%protocol-version% %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %hostname% %app-name% %procid% %msgid% - %msg%'


For coralogix integration you need to use custom format with logline

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project \
-d coralogix -t rsyslog \
-c -c port=5142 \
-c tls=false -c format=custom \
-c logline="{\"fields\": {\"private_key\":\"YOUR_CORALOGIX_KEY\",\"company_id\":\"YOUR_COMPANY_ID\",\"app_name\":\"%app-name%\",\"subsystem_name\":\"programname\"},\"message\": {\"message\":\"%msg%\",\"program_name\":\"programname\",\"pri_text\":\"%pri%\",\"hostname\":\"%HOSTNAME%\"}}"

NOTE: TLS needs to be set to false.
According to your account (If it ends in .com / .us / .in ) you will need to use one of the following Syslog Endpoints for server:





For LogDNA syslog integration, you would need to use custom format with logline. Please note that there are no backslashes around key value

avn service integration-endpoint-create --project your-project -d logdna -t rsyslog -c -c port=6514 -c tls=true -c format=custom -c logline='<%pri%>%protocol-version% %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %hostname% %app-name% %procid% %msgid% [logdna@48950 key="YOUR_KEY_GOES_HERE"] %msg%'
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