Apache Log Format for Web Servers Behind Load Balancer

If you are using a load balancer to balance the load to two or more web servers, usually only the IP address of the load balancer will be logged in the web logs instead of the visitor’s IP address.

To log visitor’s IP address, just create a custom log format with a new name , e.g. “lb_log” and used it in all the virtual host configured in Apache. Please always backup your original httpd.conf before you make any changes.

# The following directives define some format nicknames for use with
# a CustomLog directive (see below).
LogFormat “%{X-Forwarded-For}i %l %u %t \”%r\” %>s %b \”%{Referer}i\” \”%{User-Agent}i\”” lg_log
# START_HOST example.com
<virtualhost *:80>
    ServerName example.com
    DocumentRoot “/var/www/example.com/html”
    <directory “/var/www/example.com/html”>
        Options Includes FollowSymLinks  
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
    CustomLog /var/www/logs/example.com/access_log lb_log
    ErrorLog /var/www/logs/example.com/error_log
# END_HOST example.com

Before you make any changes to httpd.conf please go through Apache log module .




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