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Installs and configures a Graylog2 server on Ubuntu systems (10.04 and up at present).

This is a Chef re-engineering of the Sean Porter Linode StackScript for graylog2.

Originally developed by Jacob Zimmerman, and taken over by Phil Sturgeon at v0.1.0.



Downloads, installs, configures and starts the java graylog2-server. Does not install the web interface. Uses resources from the Opscode apt cookbook to add a repo from which it pulls MongoDB.


First calls graylog2::default to install the server. Then downloads, installs, and configures the Rails-based Graylog2 web interface. Also installs MongoDB and ElasticSearch to support it.


First calls graylog2::web_interface to ensure that both the server and web interface are available. Then calls the Opscode apache2 cookbook to install Apache before (itself) installing the mod_passenger module via apt, and finally calling apache_site to configure Apache to serve the web interface.


This cookbook can be called via any of its three recipes. To get a fully working graylog2 server, call graylog::apache2 - it will set up the full stack, with apache2 installed to serve the Rails app. If you use another webserver, you can call graylog2:web_interface, which will install the base server and the web interface Rails app, but not configure a webserver to serve it.

Note that this cookbook makes lots of assumptions about defaults, and does things like install a local mongodb server with no root password (doh). Do be sure to tweak this for your comfort and security before using it in production.

Also note - this cookbook does not switch off any local logging system. That means that if you are trying to get Graylog2 to 'catch' syslog messages, you may have to disable your local rsyslog or syslog-ng as they may have already snabbled up port 514. The cookbook does sudo-start Graylog2, so it should be able to bind udp/514 at startup. Stop/Start/restart Graylog2 using the installed init.d script (/etc/init.d/graylog2 stop|start|restart). TODO: convert to an upstart job.

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Author:: J.B. Zimmerman (

Copyright 2011 Medidata Solutions, Inc.

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