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Cloud Logging

Fully managed, real-time log management with storage, search, analysis and alerting at exabyte scale.

New customers get $300 in free credits to spend on Cloud Logging.


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Platform logs are ingested from Google Cloud services and securely stored with no setup required. GKE workload logs are captured automatically and the Ops Agent captures workload logs from VMs.

Quickly resolve issues

Cloud Logging is integrated with Cloud Monitoring, Error Reporting, and Cloud Trace so you can troubleshoot issues across your services. Configure alerts for logs so you stay up to date on important events.

Real-time insights

Quickly spot anomalies with real-time ingestion, and use log-based metrics to build Cloud Monitoring dashboards. Log Analytics brings the power of BigQuery to Cloud Logging for deeper insights.

Key features

Key features

Logs Explorer

Logs Explorer enables you to search, sort, and analyze logs through flexible query statements, along with rich histogram visualizations, a simple field explorer, and ability to save the queries. Set alerts to notify you whenever a specific message appears in your included logs, or use Cloud Monitoring to alert on logs-based metrics you define.

Regional log buckets

Use log buckets as part of your local or industry-specific compliance strategy. Log buckets store and process your workload’s logs data only in the region you specify. These buckets feature customizable access control and retention. 

Error Reporting

Error Reporting automatically analyzes your logs for exceptions and intelligently aggregates them into meaningful error groups. See your top or new errors at a glance and set up notifications to automatically alert you when a new error group is identified.

Cloud Audit Logs

Cloud Audit Logs helps security teams maintain audit trails in Google Cloud. Achieve the same level of transparency over administrative activities and access to data in Google Cloud as in on-premises environments. Every administrative activity is recorded on a hardened, always-on audit trail, which cannot be disabled by any rogue actor.

Logs Router

Cloud Logging receives log entries through the Cloud Logging API where they pass through the Logs Router. The Logs Router checks each log entry against existing inclusion filters and exclusion filters to determine which log entries to discard, which to ingest, and which to include in exports.

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Quickstart using Cloud Logging tools

This quickstart introduces you to some of the capabilities of Cloud Logging.

APIs & Libraries
Using the Cloud Logging API

Find reference documentation and sample code and try out the API here.

Google Cloud Basics
Cloud Audit Logs

Gain visibility into who did what, when, and where for all user activity on Google Cloud Platform.

Google Cloud Basics
Access Transparency

Learn how Access Transparency provides you with logs that capture the actions Google personnel take when accessing your content.

Google Cloud Basics
Access Approval

See how the Access Approval API enables controlling access to your organization’s data by Google personnel.

All features

All features

Logs Explorer Search, sort, and query logs through flexible query statements, along with rich histogram visualizations, simple field explorers, and ability to save the queries.
Custom logs / Ingestion API Write any custom log, from on-premises or another cloud, using our public write APIs.
Logs alerting Alert on specific messages in your logs or alert on logs-based metrics with Cloud Monitoring.
Log Analytics Platform and workload logging data ingested into Cloud Logging is made available in Log Analytics, which is powered by BigQuery. Perform advanced analytics using SQL to query your logs. The log data is also made available directly in BigQuery so you can correlate your logs with other business data.
Logs retention Configure different retention periods for logs in different log buckets, and criteria for different logs using the Logs Router.
Logs-based metrics Create metrics from log data which appears seamlessly in Cloud Monitoring, where you can visualize these metrics and create dashboards.
Audit logging Access audit logs that capture all the admin and data access events within Google Cloud, with 400 days of data retention at no additional cost.
Third-party integrations Integrate with external systems using Pub/Sub and configuring Logs Router to export the logs.
Logs archival Store logs for a longer duration at lower cost by easily exporting into Cloud Storage.
Error Reporting Error Reporting lets you see problems through the noise by automatically analyzing your logs for exceptions and intelligently aggregating them into meaningful error groups.
Log buckets and views Log buckets provide a first-class logs storage solution that lets you centralize or subdivide your logs based on your needs. From there, use log views to specify which logs a user should have access to, all through standard IAM controls.



The pricing for Cloud Logging lets you control your usage and spending. You can use the free data usage allotments to get started with no upfront fees or commitments.

The following table summarizes the pricing information for Cloud Logging.

Feature Price1 Free allotment per month Effective date
Logging storage*


One-time charge for streaming logs into log bucket storage for indexing, querying, and analysis; includes up to 30 days of storage in log buckets. No additional charges for querying and analyzing log data.

First 50 GiB/project/month July 1, 2018
Logging retention $0.01 per GiB per month for logs retained more than 30 days; billed monthly according to retention. Logs retained for the default retention period don't incur a retention cost. April 1, 2023
Log Router No additional charge Not applicable Not applicable
Log Analytics No additional charge Not applicable Not applicable

*Storage volume counts the actual size of the log entries prior to indexing. There are no storage charges for logs stored in the _Required log bucket.

There are no retention charges for logs stored in the _Required log bucket, which has a fixed retention period of 400 days.

Log routing is defined as forwarding received logs to a supported destination. Destination charges might apply to routed logs.

There is no charge to upgrade a log bucket to use Log Analytics or to issue SQL queries from the Log Analytics page.

Note: The pricing language for Cloud Logging changed on July 19, 2023; however, the free allotments and the rates haven't changed. Your bill might refer to the old pricing language.