Amazon CloudWatch Logs
User Guide

Example: Extract Fields from an Apache Log

Sometimes, instead of counting, it is helpful to use values within individual log events for metric values. This example shows how you can create an extraction rule to create a metric that measures the bytes transferred by an Apache webserver.

This extraction rule matches the seven fields of the log event. The metric value is the value of the seventh matched token. You can see the reference to the token as "$7" in the metricValue field of the extraction rule.

To create a metric filter using the CloudWatch console

  1. Open the CloudWatch console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Logs.

  3. In the contents pane, select a log group, and then choose Create Metric Filter.

  4. On the Define Logs Metric Filter screen, for Filter Pattern, type [ip, id, user, timestamp, request, status_code, size].

  5. To test your filter pattern, for Select Log Data to Test, select the log group to test the metric filter against, and then choose Test Pattern.

  6. Under Results, CloudWatch Logs displays a message showing how many occurrences of the filter pattern were found in the log file.

    To see detailed results, click Show test results.

  7. Choose Assign Metric, and then on the Create Metric Filter and Assign a Metric screen, for Filter Name, type size.

  8. Under Metric Details, for Metric Namespace, type MyNameSpace.

  9. For Metric Name, type BytesTransferred

  10. Choose Show advanced metric settings and for Metric Value type $size.

  11. For Default Value type 0, and then choose Create Filter.

To create a metric filter using the AWS CLI

At a command prompt, run the following command

aws logs put-metric-filter \ --log-group-name MyApp/access.log \ --filter-name BytesTransferred \ --filter-pattern '[ip, id, user, timestamp, request, status_code=4*, size]' \ --metric-transformations \ metricName=BytesTransferred,metricNamespace=MyNamespace,metricValue=$size,defaultValue=0

You can use the following data in put-log-event calls to test this rule. This generates two different metrics if you did not remove monitoring rule in the previous example.

Copy - - [24/Sep/2013:11:49:52 -0700] "GET /index.html HTTP/1.1" 404 287 - - [24/Sep/2013:11:49:52 -0700] "GET /index.html HTTP/1.1" 404 287 - - [24/Sep/2013:11:50:51 -0700] "GET /~test/ HTTP/1.1" 200 3 - - [24/Sep/2013:11:50:51 -0700] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 404 308 - - [24/Sep/2013:11:50:51 -0700] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 404 308 - - [24/Sep/2013:11:51:34 -0700] "GET /~test/index.html HTTP/1.1" 200 3