How To Install Graylog On Ubuntu 20.04

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Install Graylog On Ubuntu 20.04

Graylog is an open-source log management tool that helps you to store and analyze any machine logs centrally. Graylog set up consists of three components Graylog server, Elasticsearch, and MongoDB.

Here, we will see how to install Graylog on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install Java

Graylog set up requires Java version 8 or higher. You can use either OpenJDK or Oracle JDK on your machine to proceed further.

READ: How To Install Oracle Java on Ubuntu 20.04

Here, I will use OpenJDK 11.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y apt-transport-https openjdk-11-jre-headless uuid-runtime pwgen curl dirmngr

Verify the Java version post installing OpenJDK.

java -version


openjdk version "11.0.8" 2020-07-14
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.8+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu120.04)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.8+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu120.04, mixed mode, sharing)

Install Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch store logs coming from external sources and offers real-time distributed search and analytics with the RESTful web interface.

Download and install the GPG signing key.

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

Set up the Elasticsearch repository on your system by running the below command.

echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elastic-6.x.list

Update the repository cache and then install the Elasticsearch package.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y elasticsearch-oss

Edit the Elasticsearch configuration file to set the cluster name for Graylog set up.

sudo nano /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml

Set the cluster name as graylog, as shown below. graylog

Then, uncomment the below line.

action.auto_create_index: false

Start the Elasticsearch service to read the new configurations.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

sudo systemctl start elasticsearch

sudo systemctl enable elasticsearch

Wait at least a minute to let the Elasticsearch get fully started.

Elastisearch should be now listening on port 9200. Use the curl command to check the Elasticsearch’s response.

curl -X GET http://localhost:9200


Ensure the output has the cluster name, graylog.

  "name" : "vQklpl4",
  "cluster_name" : "graylog",
  "cluster_uuid" : "jLztxJoOROK-XuZkoKJr6A",
  "version" : {
    "number" : "6.8.11",
    "build_flavor" : "oss",
    "build_type" : "deb",
    "build_hash" : "00bf386",
    "build_date" : "2020-07-09T19:08:08.940669Z",
    "build_snapshot" : false,
    "lucene_version" : "7.7.3",
    "minimum_wire_compatibility_version" : "5.6.0",
    "minimum_index_compatibility_version" : "5.0.0"
  "tagline" : "You Know, for Search"

Install MongoDB

MongoDB acts as a database for storing Graylog’s configuration. Graylog requires MongoDB v3.6, 4.0 or 4.2.

Unfortunately, MongoDB official repository doesn’t have the required MongoDB versions for Ubuntu 20.04. So, we will install MongoDB v3.6 from the Ubuntu base repository.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y mongodb-server

Start the MongoDB and enable it on the system start-up.

sudo systemctl start mongodb

sudo systemctl enable mongodb

Install Graylog Server

Graylog Server reads data from Elasticsearch for search queries comes from users and then displays it for them through the Graylog web interface.

Download and install the Graylog 3.3 repository configuration package.


sudo dpkg -i graylog-3.3-repository_latest.deb

Update the repository cache.

sudo apt update

Install the Graylog server using the following command.

sudo apt install -y graylog-server

You must set a secret to secure the user passwords. Use the pwgen command to generate the secret.

pwgen -N 1 -s 96



Edit the server.conf file.

sudo nano /etc/graylog/server/server.conf

Then, place the secret like below.

password_secret = HRy1WNsMQIWF228SsbdQCnCsTBL7wVez28UsZXI8PXqStx5DQe3PAmtpm8PNm6g8K44fVFNo4c7Bvp4WCOyxGiSXvdhOXl8w

Now, generate a hash (sha256) password for the root user (not to be confused with the system user, the root user of graylog is admin).

You will need this password to login to the Graylog web interface. Admin’s password can’t be changed using the web interface. So, you must edit this variable to set.

Replace password with the choice of your password.

echo -n password | sha256sum



Edit the server.conf file again.

sudo nano /etc/graylog/server/server.conf

Then, place the hash password, as shown below.

root_password_sha2 = 5e884898da28047151d0e56f8dc6292773603d0d6aabbdd62a11ef721d1542d8

Setup Graylog web interface

From version Graylog 2.x, the web interface is being served directly by the Graylog server. Enable the Graylog web interface by editing the server.conf file.

sudo nano /etc/graylog/server/server.conf

Update the below entry with your system IP address by which you will access the Graylog web interface.

http_bind_address =

If you happen to access the Graylog using public IP address due to NATing, update the below values. Otherwise, skip it.

http_external_uri = http://public_ip:9000/

Start and enable the Graylog service.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

sudo systemctl start graylog-server

sudo systemctl enable graylog-server

Keep looking Graylog server startup logs. This log will be useful for you to troubleshoot Graylog in case of any issues.

sudo tail -f /var/log/graylog-server/server.log

On the successful start of the Graylog server, you should get the following message in the log file.

2020-08-03T16:03:06.326-04:00 INFO  [ServerBootstrap] Graylog server up and running.

Access Graylog

The Graylog web interface will now be listening on port 9000. Open your browser and point it to.

Log in with username admin and the password you configured at root_password_sha2 on server.conf file.

Graylog Login Screen
Graylog Login Screen

Once you logged in, you would see the getting started page.

Graylog Getting Started Page
Graylog Getting Started Page

Click on System >> Overview to know the status of the Graylog server.

System Overview
System Overview

Create Graylog Input

In the next article, we will see how to configure Graylog to receive Rsyslog logs from external sources.


You have successfully installed Graylog 3.0 on Ubuntu 20.04. As a further read, you can try configuring Nginx or Apache as a reverse proxy and set up HTTPS for the Graylog web interface.