Publishing database logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs - Amazon Relational Database Service
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Publishing database logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

In addition to viewing and downloading DB instance logs, you can publish logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. With CloudWatch Logs, you can perform real-time analysis of the log data, store the data in highly durable storage, and manage the data with the CloudWatch Logs Agent. Amazon retains log data published to CloudWatch Logs for an indefinite time period unless you specify a retention period. For more information, see Change log data retention in CloudWatch Logs.

Configuring CloudWatch log integration

Before you enable log data publishing, make sure that you have a service-linked role in Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM). For more information about service-linked roles, see Using service-linked roles for Amazon RDS.

To publish your database log files to CloudWatch Logs, choose which logs to publish. Make this choice in the Advanced Settings section when you create a new DB instance. You can also modify an existing DB instance to begin publishing.

				Add CloudWatch Logs

After you have enabled publishing, Amazon RDS continuously streams all of the DB instance log records to a log group. For example, you have a log group /aws/rds/instance/instance_name/log_type for each type of log that you publish. This log group is in the same Amazon Region as the database instance that generates the log.

After you have published log records, you can use CloudWatch Logs to search and filter the records. For more information about searching and filtering logs, see Searching and filtering log data. For a tutorial explaining how to monitor RDS logs, see Build proactive database monitoring for Amazon RDS with Amazon CloudWatch Logs, Amazon Lambda, and Amazon SNS.

Engine-specific log information

For engine-specific information, see the following: