Ingest GELF

The Graylog Extended Log Format (GELF) is a log format that avoids the shortcomings of classic plain Syslog and is perfect for logging from your application layer. It comes with optional compression, chunking, and, most importantly, a clearly defined structure. The Input of GELF messages can be UDP, TCP, or HTTP. Additionally, a queue is possible.

Some applications like Docker can send GELF messages native. Also, fluentd speaks GELF.

There are dozens of GELF libraries for many frameworks and programming languages to get you started. Read more about GELF in the specification.


You can send in all GELF types via HTTP, including uncompressed GELF that is just a plain JSON string.

After launching a GELF HTTP input you can use the following endpoints to send messages:[port]/gelf (POST)

Try sending an example message using curl:

curl -XPOST -p0 -d '{"short_message":"Hello there", "host":"", "facility":"test", "_foo":"bar"}'

Both keep-alive and compression are supported via the common HTTP headers. The server will return a 202 Accepted when the message was accepted for processing.