ActionTrail allows you to create a single-account trail, a multi-account trail, or a platform event trail as required.

The following table describes the differences among a single-account trail, a multi-account trail, and a platform event trail.

Item Single-account trail Multi-account trail Platform event trail
Scenario An individual user can create a single-account trail to deliver events to a Log Service Logstore or an Object Storage Service (OSS) bucket.

An individual user can create multiple single-account trails to achieve the following goals:

  • Assume different roles to audit different types of events.
  • Manage the audit data for multiple regions in a compliant manner.
  • Create multiple replicas for an event log.
After an enterprise creates a resource directory, the master account can create a multi-account trail to deliver events of all member accounts in the resource directory to a Log Service Logstore or an OSS bucket. An individual user can create a platform event trail to deliver events that are generated when the Alibaba Cloud O&M team maintains services for users to a Log Service Logstore.
Enabling method Each Alibaba Cloud account can create single-account trails. After an enterprise creates a resource directory and establishes an organizational structure in the resource directory, the enterprise management account can create a multi-account trail in the ActionTrail console. Submit a ticket or ask your sales manager to add you to the whitelist of users who can create a platform event trail.
Supported Alibaba Cloud services Alibaba Cloud services that support ActionTrail Alibaba Cloud services that support ActionTrail OSS, Elastic Compute Service (ECS), ApsaraDB RDS, Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK), Container Registry (ACR), and E-MapReduce
Account allowed to create trails Alibaba Cloud account Enterprise management account Alibaba Cloud account
Types of events to be delivered Events that are generated when an individual user uses the Alibaba Cloud Management Console, API operations, or developer tools to access and manage Alibaba Cloud services. Events that are generated when an enterprise user uses the Alibaba Cloud Management Console, API operations, or developer tools to access and manage Alibaba Cloud services. Events that are generated when the Alibaba Cloud O&M team maintains services for users.
Scope of events to be delivered Events of the current account Events of all member accounts Platform events of the current account
Storage service for delivered events
  • Log Service
  • OSS
  • Log Service
  • OSS
Log Service
Query method
  • ActionTrail console
  • LookupEvents operation
  • OSS console
  • Log Service console
  • Enterprise management account:
    • ActionTrail console
    • LookupEvents operation
  • Member account:
    • OSS console
    • Log Service console
  • ActionTrail console
  • Log Service console
Maximum number of trails allowed Five in each region One in each region One for all regions
Storage path in an OSS bucket oss://<bucket>/<Log file prefix>/AliyunLogs/Actiontrail/regionid/<YYYY>/<MM>/<DD>/<Log file> oss://<bucket>/<Log file prefix>/AliyunLogs/Actiontrail/rd_id/accountid/regionid/yyyy/mm/dd/Log file N/A
Default name of a Log Service Logstore actiontrail_Single-account trail name actiontrail_Multi-account trail name innertrail_Platform event trail name