How to enable docker logging

Docker includes multiple logging mechanisms to help you get information from running containers and services. These mechanisms are called logging drivers. Each Docker daemon has a default logging driver, which each container uses unless you configure it to use a different logging driver, or “log-driver” for short.


Configure Docker to user Syslog

  • vim /etc/rsyslog.conf
In the file editor, uncomment the two lines under `Provides UDP syslog reception` by removing `#`.

#ModLoad imudp

#UDPServerRun 514


systemctl start rsyslog

  • Now that syslog is running, let’s configure Docker to use syslog as the default logging driver. We’ll do this by creating a file called daemon.json
sudo mkdir /etc/docker

vi /etc/docker/daemon.json

{ "log-driver":


"log-opts": {

"syslog-address": "udp://<PRIVATE_IP>:514" }



systemctl start docker

Time to use for docker

For example , first method

docker container run -d --name syslog-logging httpd

Check by

docker logs syslog-logging


tail /var/log/messages

second way to use the enable logging

docker container run -d --name json-logging --log-driver json-file httpd


docker logs json-logging

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