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Getting Started - Viewing your Logs and Metrics
Getting Started - Viewing your Logs and Metrics

Learn how to get started viewing and analyzing your logs and metrics using OpenSearch Dashboards and Grafana

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Written by Lee Smith
Updated over a week ago

After creating a stack and sending your first stream of logs, you most likely want to view your logs to verify that they are being sent correctly.

Viewing your logs with OpenSearch Dashboards

OpenSearch dashboards is a visualisation and analytics platform that can be accessed from your dashboard, or from your stack settings. It comes bundled with tons of useful tools to help you search and filter through your logs, as well as visualise them in multiple different ways to suit your needs.

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Viewing your logs with Grafana is not only home to OpenSearch dashboards but also provides side by side Stack access using Grafana, allowing you to analyse all of your OpenSearch data using the best open-source tools. Grafana is also feature-rich and can be configured to display metrics from a range of data source integrations. Grafana allows you to use a variety of charts, graphs, and tables in order to make your data easier to process visually. managed Grafana

Logstash Filters

Your stacks come with default Logstash filters applied to them. These filters will parse through your incoming logs to extract the relevant information from them, transforming them into a more structured and standardised form, and then send them to OpenSearch. OpenSearch dashboards will then be able to provide a view of all logs inside OpenSearch for a particular stack.

You can customise how logs are transformed by editing these filters using our Logstash filter editor, which can be found in Stack Settings > Logstash Filters. This lets you control how data is extracted and mapped to new fields, and much more. We recommend reading our articles on editing Logstash filters and removing fields from your logs if you want to learn more about this.

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