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Python log collection


Use your favorite python logger to log into a file on your host. Then monitor this file with your Datadog Agent to send your logs to Datadog.


Python logs are quite complex to handle, mainly because of tracebacks. They are split into multiple lines which make them difficult to associate with the original log event.
To address this use case we strongly recommend you use a JSON formatter when logging in order to:

  • Ensure each stack_trace is properly wrapped into the correct log
  • Ensure that all the attributes of a log event are properly extracted (severity, logger name, thread name, etc…)

Here are setup examples for the two following logging libraries:

Log into a file

Usage example with JSON-log-formatter:

import logging

import json_log_formatter

formatter = json_log_formatter.JSONFormatter()

json_handler = logging.FileHandler(filename='/var/log/my-log.json')

logger = logging.getLogger('my_json')

logger.info('Sign up', extra={'referral_code': '52d6ce'})

The log file will contain the following log record (inline).

    "message": "Sign up",
    "time": "2015-09-01T06:06:26.524448",
    "referral_code": "52d6ce"

Usage example with Python-json-logger:

    import logging
    from pythonjsonlogger import jsonlogger

    logger = logging.getLogger()

    logHandler = logging.StreamHandler()
    formatter = jsonlogger.JsonFormatter()

Once the handler is configured, the log file contains the following log record (inline):

    "threadName": "MainThread",
    "name": "root",
    "thread": 140735202359648,
    "created": 1336281068.506248,
    "process": 41937,
    "processName": "MainProcess",
    "relativeCreated": 9.100914001464844,
    "module": "tests",
    "funcName": "testFormatKeys",
    "levelno": 20,
    "msecs": 506.24799728393555,
    "pathname": "tests/tests.py",
    "lineno": 60,
    "asctime": ["12-05-05 22:11:08,506248"],
    "message": "testing logging format",
    "filename": "tests.py",
    "levelname": "INFO",
    "special": "value",
    "run": 12

Configure the Datadog Agent

Create a file conf.yaml in the Agent’s python.d/ directory with the following content:



##Log section

    ## - type : file (mandatory) type of log input source (tcp / udp / file)
    ##   port / path : (mandatory) Set port if type is tcp or udp. Set path if type is file
    ##   service : (mandatory) name of the service owning the log
    ##   source : (mandatory) attribute that defines which integration is sending the logs
    ##   sourcecategory : (optional) Multiple value attribute. Can be used to refine the source attribtue
    ##   tags: (optional) add tags to each logs collected

  - type: file
    path: /path/to/your/python/log.log
    service: myapplication
    source: python
    sourcecategory: sourcecode
    # For multiline logs, if they start by the date with the format yyyy-mm-dd uncomment the following processing rule
    #  - type: multi_line
    #    name: new_log_start_with_date
    #    pattern: \d{4}\-(0?[1-9]|1[012])\-(0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])

Then Restart the Agent to apply the configuration change.

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