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Note: This Nginx feature is available after Nginx v1.7.1 for the open-source product and v1.5.3 for the Nginx commercial product.

Turning these values into insight is a simple matter of using a rule with these key="value" pairs. As noted in Data Transformation, LogZilla will automatically extract key-value pairs for use with tags, rewrites, etc.


nginx must be configured both with the correct log format as well as the correct log destination. Verify that include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf; is in the http { section of /etc/nginx/nginx.conf, and add it if it is not already there.

Then the following should be put in file /etc/nginx/conf.d/logging.conf.

# LogZilla Custom Log Format
# Requires Nginx >= v1.7.1

log_format logzilla 'Site="$server_name" Server="$host" DstPort="$server_port" '
               'DstIP="$server_addr" Src="$remote_addr" SrcIP="$realip_remote_addr" '
               'User="$remote_user" Time_Local="$time_local" Protocol="$server_protocol" '
               'Status="$status" Bytes_Out="$bytes_sent" '
               'Bytes_In="$upstream_bytes_received" HTTP_Referrer="$http_referer" '
               'User_Agent="$http_user_agent" Nginx_Version="$nginx_version" '
               'HTTP_X_Forwarded_For="$http_x_forwarded_for" '
               'HTTP_X_Header="$http_x_header" URI_Query="$query_string" URI="$uri" '
               'HTTP_Method="$request_method" Response_Time="$upstream_response_time" '
               'Cookie="$http_cookie" Request_Time="$request_time" ';

  # Send logs to LogZilla Server
  access_log,tag=nginx_access logzilla;
  error_log,tag=nginx_error notice;

Next, the nginx LogZilla rule must be installed. This rule is available from the LogZilla appstore. The rule is installed by going to Settings -> App store in the LogZilla UI.

Add the Nginx app to enable the rule.

Install Nginx appstore app

Then restart Nginx using service nginx restart and verify reception of logs.

Your LogZilla server should now have entries similar to the following:

Site="localhost" Server="” DstPort="80" DstIP="" 
Src="" SrcIP="" User="-" 
Time_Local="17/Nov/2021:17:45:07 +0000" Protocol="HTTP/1.1" Status="304" 
Bytes_Out="189" Bytes_In="-" HTTP_Referrer="-" User_Agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; 
Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:94.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/94.0" Nginx_Version="1.18.0" 
HTTP_X_Forwarded_For="-" HTTP_X_Header="-" URI_Query="-" URI="/main.html" 
HTTP_Method="GET" Response_Time="-" Cookie="-" Request_Time="0.000" 
If logs are not being sent to received, be sure to check your nginx log. You may also refer to Debugging Event Reception for troubleshooting help.

NGINX Dashboard Widgets

Widgets will now contain tags similar to:

Nginx tags

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