This topic describes how to configure a YAML file to export the logs of a Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) cluster to Log Service without modifying the application. The following procedures demonstrate how to configure Log4jAppender by deploying an API-based application in an ACK cluster.


  • ACK is activated and an ACK cluster is created.

    In this example, a managed ACK cluster is created in the China (Hangzhou) region.

  • An AccessKey pair is created or Resource Access Management (RAM) is activated. Make sure that the required permissions are granted. In this example, an AccessKey pair is created.

Background information

Log4j is an open source project of Apache. Log4j consists of three components: log level, log output destination, and log output format. You can configure Log4Appender to export log data to the console, a log file, a GUI component, a socket server, an NT event viewer, or a UNIX syslog daemon.


  1. Configure Log4jAppender in Log Service.
    1. Create a project in Log Service.
      In this example, a project named k8s-log4j is created in the China (Hangzhou) region where the ACK cluster is deployed. For more information, see Create a project.
      Note We recommend that you create a project in the region where the ACK cluster is deployed. When a Log Service project and an ACK cluster are deployed in the same region, log data is transmitted through the internal network. This saves the Internet bandwidth cost, reduces the time of cross-region transmission, and ensures fast log collection and retrieval.
      Create a Log Service project
    2. Create a Logstore for the k8s-log4j project.
      In this example, a Logstore named k8s-logstore is created. For more information, see Create a Logstore.Configure the Logstore
    3. After the k8s-logstore Logstore is created, a dialog box appears. It provides instructions about how to use the Data Import wizard.
      Configure the Data Import wizard
    4. Select log4jAppender under Custom Data, and then configure the settings by performing the steps that are provided on the page.
      In this example, log4jAppender is configured with the default settings. You can also customize the settings to meet your business requirements.Custom data
  2. Configure the k8s-log4j project for the ACK cluster.
    In this example, the demo-deployment and demo-Service files are used.
    1. Connect to your ACK cluster.
    2. Obtain the demo-deployment.yaml file and configure the JAVA_OPTS environment variable.
      The following code block is a sample template of the demo-deployment.yaml file:
      apiVersion: apps/v1
      kind: Deployment
        name: log4j-appender-demo-spring-boot
          app: log4j-appender
        replicas: 1
            app: log4j-appender
            app: log4j-appender
          - name: log4j-appender-demo-spring-boot
            - name: JAVA_OPTS                ## Pay attention to the following fields
              value: "-Dproject={your_project} -Dlogstore={your_logstore} -Dendpoint={your_endpoint} -Daccess_key_id={your_access_key_id} -Daccess_key={your_access_key_secret}"
            - containerPort: 8080
      Note Where:
      • -Dproject: the name of your Log Service project. In this example, the project name is k8s-log4j.
      • -DlogStore: the name of your Logstore in Log Service. In this example, the Logstore name is k8s-logstore.
      • -Dendpoint: the service endpoint of Log Service. You must configure the service endpoint based on the region where the Log Service project is deployed. For more information, seeService endpoints. In this example, the service endpoint is
      • -Daccess_key_id: your AccessKey ID.
      • -Daccess_key: your AccessKey secret.
    3. Run the following command to create a Deployment:
      kubectl create -f demo-deployment.yaml
    4. Obtain the demo-service.yaml file and run the following command to create a Service:
      You do not need to modify the configurations in the demo-service.yaml file.
      kubectl create -f demo-service.yaml
  3. Test to generate ACK cluster logs.
    You can run the kubectl get command to view the deployment status of the related resource objects. After the Deployment and Service are deployed, run the kubectl get svc command to check the external IP address of the Service, EXTERNAL-IP.


    kubectl get svc


    NAME                      TYPE           CLUSTER-IP    EXTERNAL-IP      PORT(S)          AGE
    log4j-appender-demo-spring-boot-svc   LoadBalancer   172.21.XX.XX   120.55.XXX.XXX   8080:30398/TCP   1h
    In this example, you can run the login command to generate Kubernetes cluster logs. wherein, K8 S_SERVICE_IP is the EXTERNAL-IP.
    Note For a complete list of API operations, visit GitHub log4j-appender-demo.
    curl http://${K8S_SERVICE_IP}:8080/login? name=bruce
  4. View logs in Log Service
    1. In the Projects section of the Log Service console, find and click the k8s-log4j project to go to the details page of the project.
    2. Click the Icon icon on the right side of the k8s-logstore Logstore and then click Search & Analysis to view the logs of the Kubernetes cluster.