Advanced logging configuration¶
Not all configuration options are available from the
airflow.cfg file. The config file describes
how to configure logging for tasks, because the logs generated by tasks are not only logged in separate
files by default but has to be also accessible via the webserver.
By default standard airflow component logs are written to the
$AIRFLOW_HOME/logs directory, but you
can also customize it and configure it as you want by overriding Python logger configuration that can
be configured by providing custom logging configuration object. Some configuration options require
that the logging config class be overwritten. You can do it by copying the default
configuration of Airflow and modifying it to suit your needs. The default configuration can be seen in the
and you can see the loggers and handlers used there. Except the custom loggers and handlers configurable there
airflow.cfg, the logging methods in Airflow follow the usual Python logging convention,
that Python objects log to loggers that follow naming convention of
You can read more about standard python logging classes (Loggers, Handlers, Formatters) in the Python logging documentation.
Configuring your logging classes can be done via the
logging_config_class option in
This configuration should specify the import path to a configuration compatible with
logging.config.dictConfig(). If your file is a standard import location, then you should set a
PYTHONPATH environment variable.
Follow the steps below to enable custom logging config class:
Start by setting environment variable to known directory e.g.
Create a directory to store the config file e.g.
Create file called
~/airflow/config/log_config.pywith following the contents:
from copy import deepcopy from airflow.config_templates.airflow_local_settings import DEFAULT_LOGGING_CONFIG LOGGING_CONFIG = deepcopy(DEFAULT_LOGGING_CONFIG)
At the end of the file, add code to modify the default dictionary configuration.
[logging] logging_config_class = log_config.LOGGING_CONFIG
You can also use the
logging_config_class together with remote logging if you plan to just extend/update
the configuration with remote logging enabled. Then the deep-copied dictionary will contain the remote logging
configuration generated for you and your modification will apply after remote logging configuration has
[logging] remote_logging = True logging_config_class = log_config.LOGGING_CONFIG
Restart the application.
See Modules Management for details on how Python and Airflow manage modules.
You can override the way both standard logs of the components and “task” logs are handled.