How do I forward logs created by a process inside a ECS Fargate task to Cloudwatch


I have the following in my ECS Fargate task definition that is starting up a container.

"logConfiguration": {
    "logDriver": "awslogs",
    "options": {
        "awslogs-group": "my-log-group",
        "awslogs-region": "us-east-1",
        "awslogs-stream-prefix": "my-log-stream-prefix"

I see the logs thrown by the script of the docker container. But I also want to send/view the logs from /home/my-app/application.log from inside the conatiner, which only get's created and populated after the container starts up.

2 Answers
Accepted Answer

If the log driver is awslogs, logs can be output to CloudWatch logs by setting the output destination to "/dev/stdout" or "/dev/stderr".

The awslogs log driver simply passes the container logs that are the STDOUT and STDERR I/O streams from Docker to CloudWatch Logs. Therefore, verify that your application sends the logs to STDOUT and STDERR I/O streams. Be sure to set the correct log level for your application during the container build. Depending on your application, you might set the log level through an environment variable or a configuration file.

So, if you output "/home/my-app/application.log" to "/dev/stdout", you can check it in CloudWatch logs.

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answered a year ago

Initially I assumed I would need to change all my logger statements in the processes that log. Found another solution online. Add the below line to send the logs to stdout in the Dockerfile.

RUN ln -sf /proc/1/fd/1 /home/my-app/application.log
answered a year ago

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