Web crawler logs are stored in an Elasticsearch data stream named
Kibana provides two user interfaces to view these logs: Discover and Logs.
For a complete reference of all web crawler events, see Web crawler events logs reference.
View web crawler events logs in Discoveredit
To view crawler logs in Discover, you must first configure a Kibana data view for the
logs-elastic_crawler-default data stream.
- Navigate to Stack Management → Data Views via the left sidebar.
- Select Create data view.
Choose a name and use the index pattern
logs-elastic_crawler-defaultto create the data view.
- Navigate to Discover via the left sidebar.
- Select your newly created data view, and you are ready to begin exploring your crawl events in detail.
You will likely want to set up some custom columns in Discover to more easily discern crawl events at a glance.
To add a new column, select an entry from the list of available fields on the left sidebar.
Handy columns for crawler events include
View web crawler events logs in Logsedit
To view crawler logs in Logs, you must first configure a source configuration.
- Navigate to Logs UI via the left sidebar, under Observability.
Under Settings, specify
logs-elastic_crawler-defaultas the Log indices data view.
Configure any desired custom columns. A nice place to start is by removing the preset
messageoptions and adding
Autocomplete will be available on these columns after the initial source configuration has been applied. You can edit these settings at any time.
- Apply the configuration, navigate to Stream, and you are ready to begin exploring your crawl events in detail!