AWS::Logs::LogGroup - AWS CloudFormation


The AWS::Logs::LogGroup resource specifies a log group. A log group defines common properties for log streams, such as their retention and access control rules. Each log stream must belong to one log group.

You can create up to 5000 log groups per account. You must use the following guidelines when naming a log group:

  • Log group names must be unique within a Region for an AWS account.

  • Log group names can be between 1 and 512 characters long.

  • Log group names consist of the following characters: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, '_' (underscore), '-' (hyphen), '/' (forward slash), and '.' (period).


To declare this entity in your AWS CloudFormation template, use the following syntax:


{ "Type" : "AWS::Logs::LogGroup", "Properties" : { "LogGroupName" : String, "RetentionInDays" : Integer } }


Type: AWS::Logs::LogGroup Properties: LogGroupName: String RetentionInDays: Integer



The name of the log group. If you don't specify a name, AWS CloudFormation generates a unique ID for the log group.

Required: No

Type: String

Minimum: 1

Maximum: 512

Pattern: [\.\-_/#A-Za-z0-9]+

Update requires: Replacement


The number of days to retain the log events in the specified log group. Possible values are: 1, 3, 5, 7, 14, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 365, 400, 545, 731, 1827, and 3653.

If you omit retentionInDays in a PutRetentionPolicy operation, the events in the log group are always retained and never expire.

Required: No

Type: Integer

Update requires: No interruption

Return values


When you pass the logical ID of this resource to the intrinsic Ref function, Ref returns the resource name.

For more information about using the Ref function, see Ref.


The Fn::GetAtt intrinsic function returns a value for a specified attribute of this type. The following are the available attributes and sample return values.

For more information about using the Fn::GetAtt intrinsic function, see Fn::GetAtt.


The ARN of the log group, such as arn:aws:logs:us-west-1:123456789012:log-group:/mystack-testgroup-12ABC1AB12A1:*


Create a Log Group

The following example creates a log group that retains events for 7 days.


"myLogGroup": { "Type": "AWS::Logs::LogGroup", "Properties": { "RetentionInDays": 7 } }


myLogGroup: Type: AWS::Logs::LogGroup Properties: RetentionInDays: 7