Quick start

Last updated 16th January, 2023


Welcome to the quick start tutorial of the Logs Data Platform. This Quick start guide will help you to understand the core concepts behind the Logs Data Platform and how to send your first logs to the engine.


Welcome to Logs Data Platform

First, you will have to create a new account on the Logs Data Platform page. Creating an account is totally free. With the pay-as-you-go pricing model of Logs Data Platform you pay only what you use.

  • Log in to the OVHcloud Control Panel, and navigate to the Bare Metal Cloud section located at the top left in the header.
  • Once you have created your credentials, the main interface will appear :

Main interface

Your Logs Data Platform username is located on the bottom left of the page, in the Configuration panel (as shown in the red square on the capture). In this section, you can also :

  1. Identify your assigned access point for this account and your LDP username.
  2. Reset your password of your LDP account.
  3. Edit your LDP access tokens (more on this functionality here).

The main page allows you also to consult the SSL certificates used on your access point in the SSL Configuration panel. This panel lets you also review the available ports and formats supported. The Subscription panel allows you to change the displayed name of your account which can be useful in the case you have multiples accounts tied to the same OVHcloud nic.

At the top of the page, you can see the configuration menu of the two main items:

  1. The Data streams are the recipients of your logs. When you send a log with the right stream token, it arrives automatically to your stream in an awesome software named Graylog. When you access your stream in Graylog you will be able to search your logs and immediately analyze them.
  2. The Dashboard is the global view of your logs, A Dashboard is an efficient way to exploit your logs and to view global information like metrics and trends about your data without being overwhelmed by the logs details.

Below them, you have access to different sections :

  1. The Data-gathering tools tab, allows requesting OVHcloud to host your own dedicated collector like Logstash or Flowgger.
  2. The Index tab, allows creating your dedicated OpenSearch Index or retrieve the ones used to store your OpenSearch Dashboards settings.
  3. The Aliases tab, provides access to your data directly from your OpenSearch Dashboards or using an OpenSearch query.
  4. The OpenSearch Dashboards tab, creates your personal OpenSearch Dashboards instance, in order to exploit the aliases and index from the powerful OpenSearch Dashboards interface.
  5. The Users Roles, allows access rights modification of your content.

Let's send some logs!

  • Firstly create a stream in order to get your token using: Add data stream in the data stream panel, you shall be redirected to the page where one can add a name and a description to the stream:

new Stream

On the same page you can enable the live-tail websocket feature, enabling the indexation of your logs to explore them in Graylog, choose the retention of the data in this stream, limit the amount of logs stored in this stream to control your budget.

  • Once you have done this, click on the blue button Save and that's it! You have created your first stream. The button will redirect you to the stream page where you will be able to copy the X-OVH-TOKEN token. This value is the only token you will need to route logs to your stream. Under this token, you will have a list of your created streams.

new Stream

The menu "..." at the right gives you several features:

  • Edit allows you to edit the name and the description of your Stream.
  • Graylog access gives you a direct access to your stream and its logs.
  • Copy the write token allows you to retrieve your token and to use it in your different logs collector.
  • Monitor in real-time allows you to see the logs incoming into your stream in real-time. Note that Graylog also provides this functionality. On this page you can also Test different log formats from your computer to your stream. More about
  • Manage alerts allows you to define your alert conditions on the logs routed to the stream. More about
  • Archives allows you to download the cold stored archives. More about
  • Delete Deletes your stream from the system and all related content.

Logs Data Platform supports several logs formats, each one of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are the different formats available

  • GELF: This is the native format of logs used by Graylog. This JSON format will allow you to send logs really easily. See: https://go2docs.graylog.org/4-x/getting_in_log_data/gelf.html?tocpath=Getting%20in%20Log%20Data%7CLog%20Sources%7CGELF%7C_____0#GELFPayloadSpecification. The GELF input only accept a null (\0) delimiter.
  • LTSV: this simple format is very efficient and is still human readable. you can learn more about it here. LTSV has two inputs that accept a line delimiter or a null delimiter.
  • RFC 5424: This format is commonly used by logs utility such as syslog. It is extensible enough to allow you to send all your data. More information about it can be found at this link: RFC 5424.
  • Cap'n'Proto: The most efficient log format. this is a binary format that allows you to maintain a low footprint and high speed performance. For more information, check out the official website: Cap'n'Proto.
  • Beats: A secure and reliable protocol used by the beats family in the Elasticsearch ecosystem (Ex: Filebeat, Metricbeat, Winlogbeat).

Here are the ports you can use on your cluster to send your logs. You can either use the secured ones with SSL Enabled (TLS >= 1.1) or use the plain unsecured ones if you can't use a SSL transport.

Syslog RFC5424 Gelf LTSV line LTSV nul Cap’n’Proto Beats
TCP/TLS 6514 12202 12201 12200 12204 5044
TCP 514 2202 2201 2200 2204 ---
UDP 514 2202 2201 2200 2204 ---

As said before, you can retrieve the ports and the address of your cluster at the Home page (in the SSL Configuration panel).

About page

To send your logs to Logs Data Platform you can easily test your stream, by doing for example, a simple echo followed by a openssl command. Here are 3 examples, choose the format you like the most with your preferred terminal: Note that each format has its own timestamp format: GELF uses seconds from epoch, RFC 5424 and LTSV use the RFC 3339. Don't forget to change the timestamp to your current time to see your logs (By Default Graylog only display recent logs, you can change the scope of the search by using the top left time picker in the Graylog web interface). Also please ensure to change the token to put the right one too.


$ ubuntu@server:~$ echo -e '{"version":"1.1",  "_X-OVH-TOKEN":"d93eee2a-697f-4bac-a452-705416b98a04", "host": "example.org", "short_message": "A short message that helps you identify what is going on", "full_message": "Backtrace here\n\nmore stuff", "timestamp": 1385053862.3072, "level": 1, "_user_id": 9001, "_some_info": "foo", "some_metric_num": 42.0 }\0' | \
openssl s_client -quiet -no_ign_eof -connect <your_cluster>.logs.ovh.com:12202

For this format, the time is in seconds, with optional milliseconds as decimals.


$ ubuntu@server:~$ echo -e 'X-OVH-TOKEN:d93eee2a-697f-4bac-a452-705416b98a04\thost:example.org\ttime:2016-03-08T14:44:01+01:00\tmessage:A short message that helps you identify what is going on\tfull_message:Backtrace here\n\nmore stuff\tlevel:1\tuser_id:9001\tsome_info:foo\tsome_metric_num:42.0\0'| \
openssl s_client -quiet -no_ign_eof -connect <your_cluster>.logs.ovh.com:12200

For this format the time is in the RFC 3339 format.

RFC 5424:

$ ubuntu@server:~$ echo -e '<6>1 2016-03-08T14:44:01+01:00 example.org - - [exampleSDID@8485 X-OVH-TOKEN="d93eee2a-697f-4bac-a452-705416b98a04" user_id="9001"  some_info="foo" some_metric_num="42.0" ] A short message that helps you identify what is going on\n' | \
openssl s_client -quiet -no_ign_eof -connect <your_cluster>.logs.ovh.com:6514

For this format the time is in the RFC 3339 format.

  • To see your logs in Graylog, click on the Menu button ... located at the right of your stream in the stream list. Click on the Graylog access link to jump straight to Graylog. You have to use the Logs Data Platform credentials that were sent by email when you ordered your account logs-XXXXX/your_password. If you have not written it, you can click reset password in the account menu at the top right of the main page or at the corresponding link in the Home page.

Graylog access

The Graylog login page looks like this:

login Graylog

Once logged, you will be redirected to this page :

Graylog Stream

On this page you can already search for the different values present in the logs by using the search bar (at the top of the page). You can also select the time range of your search by playing with time picker at the top left of the page. For example to search all the logs in the last 5 minutes that contain 42 for the value some_metric_num you can enter in the search bar after you have select Last 5 minutes in the time picker combobox at the top:


Press Enter or click on the Green button to launch the search and wait for your results.

It's possible to search some part of your message by entering:

helps going

Giving you all the messages that contains the terms helps and going.

Graylog allows you to extensively search through your logs without compromising usability. For more information about how to craft relevant searches on Graylog, please visit Graylog Search Documentation.

Send several logs with different values for user_id, for example. At the left of the page you will see the fields present in your stream, you can click on the user_id checkbox to display all the values for this field along the logs.

Let's create a Dashboard

Let's go back to the Logs Data Platform manager, we will now create a Dashboard that will allow you to explore your data in a graphical manner. It is even simpler to create a Dashboard, just click on the Add a dashboard button and on the next page, add a description and a title for your Dashboard. Once created, you can use the ... menu to access it immediately.

Dashboard access

At first, your dashboard is sad and empty but we will fill it really soon with some awesome widgets ;-). To do that, get back to your stream: you can use the link on graylog (under the Stream tab) or the link on your console as you wish. Let's say you want all the user Ids for which the value some_metric is above 30, first. you search for this data:

  • in the search bar, enter the following: some_metric_num:>30
  • select above the search bar, the relative range of time you want to use in your widgets. If you want your widget to display the value for the last hour, select Search in the last Hour
  • On the left panel, click on the button looking like a "X" to display the fields menu.
  • Unroll the user_id menu by clicking on the value and select Show top values. It will then display a nice widget with the distribution of the most frequent user_ids.

You can edit the widget by using its top right menu arrow. For example you can change the visualization type by choosing Pie Chart in the top left Visualization Type option.

Quick Values

This widget gives you the most frequent user_id in the logs of the last hour that have a some_metric_num value above 30.

  • To add this really critical information to your dashboard, click on the Copy to Dashboard menu button and select your newly created Dashboard. After that, you will be redirected to the Dashboard with your newly created widget in it.

critical Dashboard

Mixing various widgets on the same dashboard gives this feature all its sense. To add a widget in this Dashboard you can also directly use the "+" button on the left panel. This button will ask you the type of widget you want to create (Aggregation or Message Count or Message Table). The Aggregation option allows you to create various visualization types for your data.

widget creation

In this screenshot, you can see that we added a widget that represents the mean values for some_metric_num (by using generate chart instead of quick values for the field some_metric in the stream tab).

critical Dashboard 2

Note that dashboards are interactive and you can use the top search bar and the date picker to only display the widgets for a particular type of event. Try it ;-).

Going further

We have only scratched the surface of what Logs Data Platform can do for you. you will find soon enough how to:

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