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All app logs, text log files, and syslog. One place.

Tail & Search


It's realtime. Use a browser, command-line, or API.

React & Analyze


Get alerted instantly. Detect trends and archive forever.

How Papertrail Makes Life Easier

Instant log visibility. Use Papertrail's time-saving log tools, flexible system groups, team-wide access, long-term archives, charts and analytics exports, monitoring webhooks, and 45-second setup.

Realize value from logs you already collect. Track down customer problems, error messages, app requests, slow DB queries, firewall policy decisions, config changes.

Papertrail works with all common log methods and formats. Try for yourself.

How Papertrail works (diagram)

Papertrail aggregates...

  • syslog
  • Text log files
  • MySQL
  • Cloud hosting
  • Apache
  • Routers & firewalls
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Windows events
  • Tomcat
  • Heroku apps

.. and many more. No more digging through a dozen log files and directories. Get free log management now, take a tour, or ask us a question.

Use Papertrail To...

Troubleshoot fast.

Log viewer (screenshot)

Diagnosing a monitoring alert, app server error, customer service ticket, or missing email? Just search or tail.

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  • Full-text search. Message, metadata, even sub-strings. Learn more
  • Jump to a time, system, group of systems, or context.
  • Save searches to reuse (even let coworkers see).

See related events together.

Flexible log groups (screenshot)

Create flexible log views in a few clicks.

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  • Turn related systems into event streams, like NY colo, Big App, or DB servers.
  • Automatically put new systems in the right place using hostname wildcards.
  • Save searches to create a "curated" log dashboard.

Spread visibility around.

Team-wide access (screenshot)

Help less-technical staff take advantage of logs (without SSH/RDP knowledge or access).

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  • A lead engineer can populate groups, searches, and alerts that the team can use.
  • Stay current without logging in. Nightly summary emails, copy-friendly links.
  • One syntax works for Web, CLI, and API.

Integrate with killer tools.


Work with common, powerful existing services (and avoid reinventing wheels).

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  • Archive indefinitely on Amazon S3. Download old logs right from Papertrail.
  • Graph with Librato, Geckoboard, or your own service.
  • Analyze months of logs in Hadoop (Amazon EMR) or your own tools.

Get back to work.


Setup averages 45 seconds.

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  • Works with auto-scaling cloud systems, VPSes, NAT, dynamic IPs, and log hosts.
  • Fully supported. We're here to help.
  • Use any common syslog daemon or our tiny collector for text log files.

Loosely couple.


Mix in other Web services and your own apps.

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  • Have Papertrail notify your app via HTTP when a search has new matching logs.
  • Your app can reside anywhere on the Internet.
  • Typical uses: monitoring, trending, open-source tools, and dashboards (like Pingdom, Nagios, or Zendesk).

Revel in dev/ops goodies.


Engineers work on and work with Papertrail. It shows.

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  • OS X Dashboard widget.
  • Simple REST API.
  • Infrastructure-wide "tail" command-line app).
  • Tiny file-to-syslog app log collector.

Give your systems and apps a voice.

We don't want your credit card and there's no time limit. Just enjoy.

  • Logging starts instantly.
  • Users love it.
  • It's free.
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