Collect native macOS system logs

Starting with version 4.6.0, AxoSyslog can collect logs on macOS using its native OSLog framework using the darwin-oslog() and darwin-oslog-stream() source drivers.


This source is based on the native OSLog Framework to read logs from the local store of the unified logging system on darwin OSes. The AxoSyslog system() source automatically uses this new source on darwin platforms if the darwinosl plugin is available. This plugin is available only on macOS 10.15 Catalina and above, the first version that has the OSLog API.

Note that the persistent OSLog store usually keeps about 7 days of logs on disk.

The darwin-oslog() source has the following options:


Default:(eventType == 'logEvent' || eventType == 'lossEvent' || eventType == 'stateEvent' || eventType == 'userActionEvent') && (logType != 'debug')

Description: String for native macOS log message filtering using predicates. For example, the following predicate selects AirDrop logs: subsystem=="" and category=="AirDrop"



Description: By default, AxoSyslog continues to read the logs from the last remembered position after a restart. If this option is set to yes, it will always start reading from the end or beginning of the available log list (depending on the setting of the go-reverse() option).



Description: Controls the time AxoSyslog waits between reading and sending log messages. This is a fraction of a second, where wait_time = 1 second / n, so n=1 means that only about 1 log is sent in each second, and n=1000000 means only 1 microsecond is the delay between read/write attempts. The maximal value of this parameter is 1000000. Note that increasing the value of this parameter (thus lowering delay time) can increase log feed performance, but at the same time could increase system load.



Description: Controls how many seconds AxoSyslog waits before trying to check for new logs if there were no more logs to read the last time.



Description: Set it to yes to process the logs in a reverse order (from latest to oldest).


Default:0 (no limit)

Description: The maximum number of messages fetched from a source during a single poll loop. The destination queues might fill up before flow-control could stop reading if log-fetch-limit() is too high.


Default:0 (no limit) [seconds]

Description: The maximum distance in seconds that a bookmark can point backwards. That is, if AxoSyslog was stopped for 10 minutes and max-bookmark-distance() is set to 60, then AxoSyslog will start reading the logs from 60 seconds before the startup, losing 9 minutes of logs.



Description: If set to yes, AxoSyslog starts reading logs from the oldest available log when it’s first started on a system, or if there are no bookmarks for some reason


This source is a wrapper around the OS command line log stream command that provides a live log stream feed. Unlike the darwin-oslog() source, the live stream can contain non-persistent log events as well. This might result in a large number of log events every second.

This source has only one option.


Default:--type log --type trace --level info --level debug

Description: A string that can contain all the possible params the macOS log tool can accept. The source uses the “–style” internally (defaults to ndjson), so use templates or rewrite rules to format the final output. Use the def-osl-stream-params string to reference the default values when extending them with your own.

For a full reference, see the output of the log --help stream and man log commands.

Last modified March 14, 2024: darwinos source formatting fix (a5bb7e9)