CloudWatch Logs

Get started with AWS CloudWatch Logs on LocalStack

CloudWatch Logs allows to store and retrieve logs. While some services automatically create and write logs (e.g. Lambda), logs can also be added manually. CloudWatch Logs is available in the Community version. However, some specific features are only available in Pro.

Subscription Filters

Subscription filters can be used to forward logs to certain services, e.g. Kinesis, Lambda, and Kinesis Data Firehose. You can read upon details in the offical AWS docs.

Subscription Filters with Kinesis Example

In the following we setup a little example on how to use subscription filters with kinesis.

First, we setup the required resources. Therefore, we create a kinesis stream, a log group and log stream. Then we can configure the subscription filter.

$ awslocal kinesis create-stream --stream-name "logtest" --shard-count 1
$ kinesis_arn=$(awslocal kinesis describe-stream --stream-name "logtest" | jq -r .StreamDescription.StreamARN)
$ awslocal logs create-log-group --log-group-name test

$ awslocal logs create-log-stream \
	--log-group-name test \
	--log-stream-name test

$ awslocal logs put-subscription-filter \
    --log-group-name "test" \
    --filter-name "kinesis_test" \
    --filter-pattern "" \
    --destination-arn $kinesis_arn \
    --role-arn "arn:aws:iam::000000000000:role/kinesis_role"

Next, we can add a log event, that will be forwarded to kinesis.

$ timestamp=$(($(date +'%s * 1000 + %-N / 1000000')))
$ awslocal logs put-log-events --log-group-name test --log-stream-name test --log-events "[{\"timestamp\": ${timestamp} , \"message\": \"hello from cloudwatch\"}]"

Now we can retrieve the data. In our example, there will only be one record. The data record is base64 encoded and compressed in gzip format:

$ shard_iterator=$(awslocal kinesis get-shard-iterator --stream-name logtest --shard-id shardId-000000000000 --shard-iterator-type TRIM_HORIZON | jq -r .ShardIterator)
$ record=$(awslocal kinesis get-records --limit 10 --shard-iterator $shard_iterator | jq -r '.Records[0].Data')
$ echo $record | base64 -d | zcat

Filter Pattern (Pro only)

Filter patterns can be used to select certain logs only.

LocalStack currently supports simple json-property filter.

Metric Filter Example

Metric filters can be used to automatically create CloudWatch metrics.

In the following example we are interested in logs that include a key-value pair "foo": "bar" and create a metric filter.

$ awslocal logs create-log-group --log-group-name test-filter

$ awslocal logs create-log-stream \
	--log-group-name test-filter \
	--log-stream-name test-filter-stream

$ awslocal logs put-metric-filter \
  --log-group-name test-filter \
  --filter-name my-filter \
  --filter-pattern "{$.foo = \"bar\"}" \
  --metric-transformations \

Next, we can insert some values:

$ timestamp=$(($(date +'%s * 1000 + %-N / 1000000')))
$ awslocal logs put-log-events --log-group-name test-filter \
   --log-stream-name test-filter-stream \
   --log-events \
    timestamp=$timestamp,message='"{\"foo\":\"bar\", \"hello\": \"world\"}"' \
    timestamp=$timestamp,message="my test event" \

Now we can check that the metric was indeed created:

end=$(date +%s)
awslocal cloudwatch get-metric-statistics --namespace MyNamespace \
    --metric-name MyMetric --statistics Sum  --period 3600 \
    --start-time 1659621274 --end-time $end

Filter Log Events

Similary, you can use filter-pattern to filter logs, like here:

$ awslocal logs filter-log-events --log-group-name test-filter --filter-pattern "{$.foo = \"bar\"}"

Last modified December 1, 2022: LocalStack Beta Docs (#337) (28576f899)