Loggly from Javascript

Update 2013-10-22: This post refers to Loggly generation 1, and may (most likely) not work with Loggly's new second generation product offering.

For my most recent Dev Days project, I implemented centralized logging for our application, ServiceTrade. I don't want to worry about running our own indexing server, or storing the logs long term, so I investigated several SaaS logging solutions and eventually settled on Loggly. I was impressed with the ease of setting up our account, defining our logging inputs and even integrating with our Puppet configuration management infrastructure. For long term storage, they push raw log files to an S3 bucket of your choosing. Their customer support seemed very eager to help with the one issue I had. All-in-all, I've been pleased with the product.

One thing about Loggly that could use a little work is saved searches. First off, when Loggly gives you a graph of events from a saved search (a very cool feature) the graph sometimes loses information when zooming in and clicking on a section to see specific logs. Visiting the page for a saved search on a specific set of inputs and clicking on the graph to pull up the log lines for that search with give log lines across all inputs, not just the ones the saved search is limited to.

Secondly, you are limited to only 5 saved searches at the moment. The saved search feature is in beta, so hopefully they will allow saving of more (ideally unlimited) searches in the future. Apparently, you can have up to 2000 saved searches; the wording on the saved searches list page is out-of-date.

We are using their excellent API to pull down data and do our own visualizations of multiple saved searches. I'm using jQuery on a simple HTML page to query the API. There are a few caveats. The following information will hopefully prevent someone else from spending the half-hour I did trying to figure this out.

First of all, the API uses HTTP basic authentication. Jquery's get call does not handle HTTP authentication, so I had to use the more verbose ajax method.

Also, since the request is cross-domain, I had to use JSONP, which Loggly supports.

Finally, Loggly's API returns a Bad Request response if you send any parameters that it does not recognize. Unfortunately, unless you tell it otherwise, jQuery.ajax() will always send a timestamp query parameter to prevent response caching. In order to get everything to work, I had to tell the request to turn caching off and not send the parameter.

Here is what the final call looks like:

You might also want to check out my blog post soon on using Puppet to automatically register servers with Loggly.


  1. There is no longer a limit on the number of saved searches. While not unlimited there's a cap at ~ 2000

  2. That's great to know! You should probably change the text on the saved search list page to reflect that.

  3. This was written for Gen1. We haven't converted to Gen2 yet, so I'm not sure if JSONP is supported.