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Collecting Application Load Balancer Logs using the Lambda Function

Application Load Balancers distribute incoming application traffic across various resources, such as EC2 instances. Due to this, Load Balancer access logs contain critical information about client IP addresses, network paths, and server responses. Monitoring the Application Load Balancer logs with Site24x7 gives you an insight into traffic patterns and helps with troubleshooting issues. Learn more about log management with Site24x7

Create a Log Profile

To collect the Application Load Balancer logs you will first need to create a Log Profile. Navigate to AdminAppLogs > Log Profile > Add Log Profile, and follow the instructions below:

  1. Profile Name: Enter a name for your Log Profile.
  2. Log Type: Choose ELB Application Log. If you haven't enabled ELB access logs in your AWS account, please follow the instructions given here.
  3. Log Source: Choose Amazon Lambda.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Configure the Lambda function as described here.

Configure the Lambda Function

  • Choose Lambda from the Services drop-down list, and choose Create Function. Select Author from scratch, define a name for the function, and choose Python 3.7 as the Runtime. 

  • Permissions: You can choose an existing IAM role or create a new role from the AWS Policy Template. From the Policy Template drop-down select Amazon S3 Object Read-only permission, and enter a role name. You also have the option to create a new user role and extend permission to other services as well.
  • Add triggers: Scroll down to choose S3 Bucket. Any log file added to the S3 bucket will be sent to Site24x7 by the Lambda Function. 
  • Configure Triggers
    • Bucket:Enter the name of the S3 bucket from which logs will be collected.
    • Event type: Choose All object create events.
    • Click Add.
  • In the window that opens, click on the Lambda Function as shown:
  • Scroll to the editor, and place the code provided in the link below:
  • After entering the code, navigate to the Site24x7 web client, select Admin > Applogs > Log Profile, then select the created Log Profile, and copy the code that appears on the screen as the input for the variable logTypeConfig.
  • Paste this code under Environment Variable with the field name logTypeConfig in the AWS console.

ELB Application Load Balancer logs dashboard

AppLogs creates an exclusive dashboard for every Log Type, and shows a few widgets by default. Here's a list of the widgets available in the Application Load Balancer logs dashboard:

  • Average Bytes Transferred
  • Bytes Received
  • Request Processing Time
  • Response Processing Time
  • Target Processing Time
  • Request Trend
  • ELB Status Code Stats
  • User Agent Stats
  • Error Reasons
  • Top 20 Failed Requests
  • Errors By Client Host


In addition to the default widgets, your saved searches will also be added to the dashboard automatically.

Related log types

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