Logging to syslog

The error_log and access_log directives support logging to syslog. The following parameters configure logging to syslog:

server= address
Defines the address of a syslog server. The address can be specified as a domain name or IP address, with an optional port, or as a UNIX-domain socket path specified after the “ unix:” prefix. If port is not specified, the UDP port 514 is used. If a domain name resolves to several IP addresses, the first resolved address is used.
facility= string
Sets facility of syslog messages, as defined in RFC 3164 . Facility can be one of “ kern”, “ user”, “ mail”, “ daemon”, “ auth”, “ intern”, “ lpr”, “ news”, “ uucp”, “ clock”, “ authpriv”, “ ftp”, “ ntp”, “ audit”, “ alert”, “ cron”, “ local0”..“ local7”. Default is “ local7”.
severity= string
Sets severity of syslog messages for access_log, as defined in RFC 3164 . Possible values are the same as for the second parameter (level) of the error_log directive. Default is “ info”.
Severity of error messages is determined by nginx, thus the parameter is ignored in the error_log directive.
tag= string
Sets the tag of syslog messages. Default is “ nginx”.
Disables adding the “hostname” field into the syslog message header (1.9.7).

Example syslog configuration:

error_log syslog:server= debug;

access_log syslog:server=unix:/var/log/nginx.sock,nohostname;
access_log syslog:server=[2001:db8::1]:12345,facility=local7,tag=nginx,severity=info combined;

Logging to syslog is available since version 1.7.1. As part of our commercial subscription logging to syslog is available since version 1.5.3.