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Dockerfile to run AWS CloudWatch Logs container


This container is intended to upload logfiles to Amazon CloudWatch Logs service.
If you don't set any environment variables, container will start with the following config:

datetime_format = %d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S %z
file = /mnt/logs/access.log
buffer_duration = 5000
log_stream_name = {instance_id}
initial_position = start_of_file
log_group_name = nginx-server

Environment variables

  • AWS_LOGFILE default is "/mnt/logs/access.log"
  • AWS_LOGFORMAT default is "%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S %z"
  • AWS_DURATION default is "5000"
  • AWS_GROUPNAME default is "nginx-server"


# Run container with Nginx
docker run -d --name nginx -v /mnt/logs:/var/log/nginx -p 80:80 sergeyzh/centos6-nginx

# Run container with AWS CloudWatch logs uploader
docker run -d --name awslogs -e AWS_LOGFILE=/mnt/logs/access.log -e AWS_DURATION=10000 -v /mnt/logs:/mnt/logs sergeyzh/awslogs

Now you can see access logs of your Nginx at AWS Console.

NOTE: Of course you should run it on the Amazon EC2 and you should set IAM role for you instance according manual.


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