Upload Logs

https://www.scalyr.com/api/uploadLogs is a simple API for uploading raw log data to Scalyr servers. It is best suited for lightweight integrations, or uploading individual batches of data from a stateless environment such as Amazon Lambda. For complex use cases, you can also use the addEvents API.

From a traditional server environment, it is usually most convenient write your logs to disk, and use the Scalyr Agent to upload them. We also provide a Java client library.

API Format

To use this API method, send an HTTPS request with the following fields:

  • URL: https://www.scalyr.com/api/uploadLogs?token=(log in to view API tokens)
  • Method: POST
  • Content-Type: text/plain

The token URL parameter is a "Write Logs" API token for your account. You can manage API tokens at https://www.scalyr.com/keys

The request body should consist of one or more log messages, separated by line breaks (\n, \r, or \r\n). A line break after the last message is optional.

Note: this API is not currently intended to ingest more than 10 GB/day. If you are working with higher log volumes, you should use the Scalyr Agent or addEvents API, or contact us at support@scalyr.com.


A successful request will return a response with the following body:


A failed request will return a body like this:

  "message": "...detailed information goes here...",
  "status": "error/client/badParam"

Server / Log Attributes

You can add parameters to the URL, or as an HTTP request header, to tag messages as coming from a specific server and/or log file:

host specifies the server name.

logfile specifies the log file name.

parser specifies which parser will be used to parse these messages (see /help/parsing-logs).

In addition, you can add arbitrary URL parameters or request headers beginning with "server-". For example, specify ``&server-region=us-east-1` to add a server field named "region", with value "us-east-1".

NOTE: to specify the server name in an HTTP request header, you must create a header named server-host. Creating a header named simply host will cause confusion, since this is a standard HTTP header.

Retries and Nonces

To protect against double-uploads, you can include a "Nonce" header in the HTTPS request. This header may contain any value. Multiple requests with the same nonce in the same (roughly) one-minute period are ignored.

If you are implementing logic to retry failed requests, it is a good idea to use the Nonce header. Generate a unique value for each request, and re-use the value when retrying a request.


The following curl command will upload a single log message:

curl -v 'https://www.scalyr.com/api/uploadLogs?token=(log in to view API tokens)' \
    -H 'Content-Type: text/plain' -d 'hello, world'

If you'd like to test with multiple lines of input, note that the curl command tends to remove line breaks. Use curl's --data-binary option to avoid this.