Systemd-journald is a system service that collects and stores logging data. It creates and maintains structured, indexed journals based on logging information from a variety of sources.
The journald check is included in the Datadog Agent package. No additional installation is needed on your server.
Journal files are, by default, owned and readable by the systemd-journal system group. To start collecting your journal logs, you need to:
dd-agentuser to the
systemd-journalgroup by running:
usermod -a -G systemd-journal dd-agent
To configure this check for an Agent running on a host:
journald.d/conf.yaml file, in the
conf.d/ folder at the root of your Agent’s configuration directory to start collecting logs.
Collecting logs is disabled by default in the Datadog Agent, you need to enable it in the
Then add this configuration block to your
journald.d/conf.yaml file to start collecting your Logs:
logs: - type: journald container_mode: true
service attributes, the Agent collects
_COMMand set them to the first non empty value. To take advantage of the integration pipelines, Datadog recommends setting the
SyslogIdentifier parameter in the
systemd service file directly, or in a
systemd service override file. Their location depends on your distribution, but you can find the location of the
systemd service file by using the command
systemctl show -p FragmentPath <unit_name>.
Note: With Agent 7.17+, if
container_mode is set to
true, the default behavior changes for logs coming from Docker containers. The
source attribute of your logs is automatically set to the corresponding short image name of the container instead of simply
For containerized environments, see the Autodiscovery Integration Templates for guidance on applying the parameters below.
Collecting logs is disabled by default in the Datadog Agent. To enable it, see Kubernetes log collection documentation.
By default the Agent looks for the journal at the following locations:
If your journal is located elsewhere, add a
path parameter with the corresponding journal path.
It’s possible to filter in and out specific units by using these parameters:
include_units: Includes all units specified.
exclude_units: Excludes all units specified.
logs: - type: journald path: /var/log/journal/ include_units: - docker.service - sshd.service
Tags are critical for finding information in highly dynamic containerized environments, which is why the Agent can collect container tags in journald logs.
This works automatically when the Agent is running from the host. If you are using the containerized version of the Datadog Agent, mount your journal path and the following file:
/etc/machine-id: this ensures that the Agent can query the journal that is stored on the host.
Run the Agent’s status subcommand and look for
journald under the Logs Agent section.
journald does not include any metrics.
journald does not include any service checks.
journald does not include any events.
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