Logging Amazon DocumentDB API Calls with AWS CloudTrail - Amazon DocumentDB

Logging Amazon DocumentDB API Calls with AWS CloudTrail

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is integrated with AWS CloudTrail, a service that provides a record of actions taken by users, roles, or an AWS service in Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility). CloudTrail captures all AWS CLI API calls for Amazon DocumentDB as events, including calls from the Amazon DocumentDB console and from code calls to the Amazon DocumentDB SDK. If you create a trail, you can enable continuous delivery of CloudTrail events to an Amazon S3 bucket, including events for Amazon DocumentDB. If you don't configure a trail, you can still view the most recent events on the CloudTrail console in Event history. Using the information collected by CloudTrail, you can determine the request that was made to Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility), the IP address from which the request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and other details.


For certain management features, Amazon DocumentDB uses operational technology that is shared with Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Amazon DocumentDB console, AWS CLI, and API calls are logged as calls made to the Amazon RDS API.

To learn more about AWS CloudTrail, see AWS CloudTrail User Guide.

Amazon DocumentDB Information in CloudTrail

CloudTrail is enabled on your AWS account when you create the account. When activity occurs in Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility), that activity is recorded in a CloudTrail event along with other AWS service events in Event history. You can view, search, and download recent events in your AWS account. For more information, see Viewing Events with CloudTrail Event History.

For an ongoing record of events in your AWS account, including events for Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility), create a trail. A trail enables CloudTrail to deliver log files to an Amazon S3 bucket. By default, when you create a trail in the console, the trail applies to all AWS Regions. The trail logs events from all Regions in the AWS partition and delivers the log files to the Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. Additionally, you can configure other AWS services to further analyze and act upon the event data collected in CloudTrail logs. For more information, see the following topics in the AWS CloudTrail User Guide:

Every event or log entry includes information about who generated the request. The identity information helps you determine the following:

  • Whether the request was made with root or user credentials.

  • Whether the request was made with temporary security credentials for a role or federated user.

  • Whether the request was made by another AWS service.

For more information, see the CloudTrail userIdentity Element.