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AWS CloudFront Logs AWS CloudFront Logs

Last Updated: Jun. 15, 2024

Enable logging from your Amazon CloudFront distribution to seamlessly send web access logs to Coralogix using the AWS CloudFront Logs integration packages.


Choose between standard logging and real-time logs to send CloudFront access logs to Coralogix seamlessly.

Utilize our extension packages to automate CloudFront access logs parsing for immediate insights.

Enable standard logging

Ensure you have set up an AWS S3 bucket.

Configure standard logging

  1. Navigate to Services > All Services > CloudFront in the AWS Management Console.
  2. Click on your distribution’s ID and select Edit in the Setting section under the General tab.
  3. Toggle On in the Standard logging section and configure the settings.
  4. Choose your S3 bucket for S3 bucket.
  5. Optionally, add a log prefix like cloudfront_logs.
  6. Click Save changes.

Enable real-time logs

Create a Kinesis data stream

Set up real-time logging:

  1. Go to Services > Kinesis in the AWS Management Console.
  2. In the AWS Management Console, choose Services > Kinesis.
  3. Select Data streams, and then Create data stream.
  4. Enter a Data stream name. For example, CloudFront-DataStream.
  5. Select a Data Stream capacity mode of your choice.
  6. Select Create data stream.
  7. In the Consumers section, select Process with delivery stream.
  8. For the Destination, select Coralogix.
  9. Enter a Delivery stream name. For example, CloudFront-DeliveryStream.
  10. In the Destination settings section, for the HTTP endpoint URL, select Coralogix logs – US or Coralogix logs – EU.
  11. For API key, enter the API key for your Coralogix account.
  12. Select Add parameter.
  13. In the Backup settings section, you may choose either Failed data only or All data for the Source record backup in Amazon S3 option, based on your preference.
  14. For the S3 backup bucket, select Browse to search for and select the S3 bucket name you created above for storing CloudFront logs.
  15. Choose Create delivery stream.

Create a logging configuration

Next, create a real-time logging configuration and attach it to your CloudFront distribution:

  1. In the AWS Management Console, choose Services > CloudFront.
  2. In the Telemetry section on the left, select Logs.
  3. Click on the Real-time configurations tab, and then choose Create configuration.
  4. Enter a configuration name. For example: CloudFront-RealTimeLogs.
  5. Enter a sampling rate from 1 to 100.
  6. For Fields, select All fields or choose the fields you wish to include in your logs.
  7. For Endpoint, select the Data Stream name you created in Step 3. For example: CloudFront-DataStream.
  8. In the Distributions section, select your CloudFront distribution ID.
  9. For Cache behaviors, check Default (*).
  10. Choose Create configuration.

Within a couple of minutes, you should begin to see your logs in our Explore Screen. To confirm you’re receiving real-time logs, you can query for logtype:cloudfront-rtl*.

Deploy the integration package

Deploy the relevant CloudFront integration package:

  • For standard logging, select the AWS CloudFront Logs with S3 integration package.
  • For real-time logging, select the AWS CloudFront Logs via Firehose integration package.

Take these steps:

  1. Navigate to Data Flow > Integrations from your Coralogix toolbar. Select the AWS CloudFront Logs integration package that suits your needs, then click Connect.
  2. Click Add New.
  3. Input the integration Settings.
    • Name.
    • API key. Your Coralogix Send-Your-Data API key.
    • Application name. The desired application name in the Coralogix platform. If not set, it will default to the delivery stream name.
    • Subsystem name. The desired subsystem name in the Coralogix platform. If not set, it will default to the ARN.
    • Kinesis Stream ARN. CloudFront real-time logs are delivered to the data stream of your choice in Amazon Kinesis Data Streams. If using a stream as a source for logs, enter the ARN.
    • AWS region. The name of the AWS region with data to collect.
    • Advanced – CloudWatch Retention Days. Select the number of days to retain the logs in CloudWatch log groups.
  4. Click Next.
  5. You will be rerouted to the website for the integration. Verify that all of the auto-pre-populated values are correct and click Create CloudFormation.
  6. Revert back to the Coralogix application and click Complete to ensure your deployment is successful. This triggers a test to verify the deployment, the result of which can be seen on the next page as either Failed or Connected.

Real-time log parsing

Our built-in parsing rule for real-time logs assumes that all fields will be logged. For the built-in parsing rules to work and to populate data in the widgets of the quickstart dashboard provided, you must configure the logtype attribute as defined in the instructions.

If you choose only to log a subset of the fields, you must define a custom parsing rule that matches your log format. This is required for the logs to parse correctly.

Enjoy our pre-built dashboard with the AWS Edge Insights extension package. To start, navigate to Data Flow > Extensions > AWS Edge Insights in your Coralogix toolbar.


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