Make Your Logs Work for You

The days of logging in to servers and manually viewing log files are over. SolarWinds® Papertrail™ aggregates logs from applications, devices, and platforms to a central location.

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Troubleshoot Fast and Enjoy It

SolarWinds® Papertrail™ provides cloud-based log management that seamlessly aggregates logs from applications, servers, network devices, services, platforms, and much more.

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Aggregate and Search Any Log

SolarWinds® Papertrail™ provides lightning-fast search, live tail, flexible system groups, team-wide access, and integration with popular communications platforms like PagerDuty and Slack to help you quickly track down customer problems, debug app requests, or troubleshoot slow database queries.

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Manage Logs > JSON search syntax

JSON search syntax

In addition to using the Google-esque search syntax to find things in your logs, Papertrail can parse a JSON object that appears at the end of a log line. Each line can contain arbitrary string data before the JSON. For example:

2019-12-02 03:04:05 DEBUG {"a":123,"b":456}

This is a beta feature and the final syntax might change. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact contact us.

JSON Search Syntax

Root level search


Example matches:

Exact match { "orgId": 1193 }
Substring match { "orgId": 11933962 }

Nested search

Example matches:

Exact match { "user": {"name": "Pete"} }
Substring match { "user": {"name": "Peter" } }

Exact Match


Example matches:

Exact match { "orgId": 11933962 }


json.cursor.tail:false AND -json.orgId:15884562

Example matches:

Different value for orgId { "orgId": 11933962, "cursor": {"tail": false} }
orgId not present { "cursor": {"tail": false} }

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