Amazon Web Services


Select your AMI and AWS Region.


  • Click on Launch instance for your AWS region to start Graylog into.
  • Choose an instance type with at least 4GB memory.
  • Finish the wizard and spin up the VM.
  • Login to the instance as user ubuntu.
  • Run sudo graylog-ctl reconfigure.
  • Open port 80 and 12900 in the applied security group to access the web interface.
  • additionally open more ports for ingesting log data, like 514 for syslog or 12201 for the GELF protocol.

Open http://<private ip> in your browser to access the Graylog web interface. Default username and password is admin.


Your browser needs access to port 80 or 443 for reaching the web interface. The interface itself creates a connection back to the REST API of the Graylog server on port 12900. As long as you are in a private network like Amazon VPC for instance, this works out of the box. If you want to use the public IP address of your VM, this mechanism doesn’t work automatically anymore. You have to tell Graylog how to reach the API from the users browser perspective:

sudo graylog-ctl set-external-ip http://<public ip>:12900
sudo graylog-ctl reconfigure

Also make sure that this port is open, even on the public IP.


In order to enable HTTPS for the web interface both ports need to be encrypted. Otherwise the web browser would show an error message. For this reason we created a proxy configuration on the appliance that can be enabled by running:

sudo graylog-ctl enforce-ssl
sudo graylog-ctl reconfigure

This command combines the Graylog web interface and the API on port 443. The API is accessable via the path /api. For this reason you have to set the external IP to an HTTPS address with the appended path /api:

sudo graylog-ctl set-external-ip https://<public ip>:443/api
sudo graylog-ctl reconfigure

Basic configuration

We are shipping the graylog-ctl tool with the virtual machine appliances to get you started with a customised setup as quickly as possible. Run these (optional) commands to configure the most basic settings of Graylog in the appliance:

sudo graylog-ctl set-email-config <smtp server> [--port=<smtp port> --user=<username> --password=<password>]
sudo graylog-ctl set-admin-password <password>
sudo graylog-ctl set-timezone <zone acronym>
sudo graylog-ctl reconfigure

The graylog-ctl has much more functionality and is documented here. We strongly recommend to learn more about it to ensure smooth operation of your virtual appliance.

Production readiness

You can use the Graylog appliances (OVA, Docker, AWS, ...) for small production setups but please consider to harden the security of the box before.

  • Set another password for the default ubuntu user
  • Disable remote password logins in /etc/ssh/sshd_config and deploy proper ssh keys
  • Seperate the box network-wise from the outside, otherwise Elasticsearch can be reached by anyone
  • add additional RAM to the appliance and raise the java heap!
  • add additional HDD to the appliance and extend disk space.
  • add the appliance to your monitoring and metric systems.

If you want to create your own customised setup take a look at our other installation methods.