GitLab makes it easy to view the logs of running pods or managed applications in connected Kubernetes clusters. By displaying the logs directly in GitLab in the Log Explorer, developers can avoid managing console tools or jumping to a different interface. The Log Explorer interface provides a set of filters above the log file data, depending on your configuration:
- Namespace - Select the environment to display. Users with Maintainer or greater permissions can also select Managed Apps.
- Search - Only available if the Elastic Stack managed application is installed.
- Select time range - Select the range of time to display. Only available if the Elastic Stack managed application is installed.
- Scroll to bottom - Scroll to the end of the displayed logs.
- Refresh - Reload the displayed logs.
To learn more about the Log Explorer, see APM - Log Explorer.
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Deploying to a Kubernetes environment is required to use Logs.
To access the Log explorer, click the More actions menu on a metrics dashboard and select View logs, or:
- Sign in as a user with the View pod logs permissions in the project.
- To navigate to the Log Explorer from the sidebar menu, go to Operations > Pod logs. (Introduced in GitLab 12.5.)
To navigate to the Log Explorer from a specific pod on a Deploy Board:
- Go to Operations > Environments and find the environment
which contains the desired pod, like
- On the Environments page, you should see the status of the environment’s pods with Deploy Boards.
- When mousing over the list of pods, GitLab displays a tooltip with the exact pod name and status.
- Click on the desired pod to display the Log Explorer.
- Go to Operations > Environments and find the environment which contains the desired pod, like
The Log Explorer lets you filter the logs by:
- From GitLab 12.4, environments.
- From GitLab 12.7, full text search.
- From GitLab 12.8, dates.
- From GitLab 13.2, managed apps.
Loading more than 500 log lines is possible from GitLab 12.9 onward.
Support for pods with multiple containers is coming in a future release.
Support for historical data is coming in a future release.
Introduced in GitLab 12.8.
When you enable Elastic Stack on your cluster, you can filter logs displayed in the Log Explorer by date.
Click Show last in the Log Explorer to see the available options.
Introduced in GitLab 12.7.
When you enable Elastic Stack on your cluster, you can search the content of your logs through a search bar. The search is passed to Elasticsearch using the simple_query_string Elasticsearch function, which supports the following operators:
|Negates a single token.|
|Wraps a number of tokens to signify a phrase for searching.|
||A prefix query.|
||Edit distance (fuzziness).|