I have a Spring Boot server which generates Logback logs. Now I need to read these logs on the remote server from the local machine(e.g. my PC). But the main problem is that I will not have a constantly turned on computer that will constantly receive logs. So, I want to produce logs on the remote server, and when I need to check the logs I want to connect to this server and read them on my local machine. I am looking for a simple solution for reading logs five to ten times a day.

I already looked on the ELK stack, this would be a great solution, but unfortunately ELK consumes some resources so I can't install entire ELK stack on the remote server. Another option is to use Filebeat on the remote server side, but it is also not suitable because I will not have a constantly turned on computer that will constantly receive logs.

So, please advise lightweight and simple software which meets my requirements for reading logs.

  • Is it just log files – so copying them to your local machine would be acceptable? Or does it need specific software to read those logs via some API? Are command-line solutions acceptable, or is a GUI required? And just in case it comes to paid solutions, what is the price limit? – Izzy Sep 16 '19 at 21:27
  • @Izzy just copying to local machine - exhausting and can lead to human errors. I prefer a GUI like Kibana. And now I have found cloud based solutions like Logsene and Loggly. What do you think about them? – konstantin_doncov Sep 16 '19 at 22:12
  • No idea, I'm not using any such (btw I would never use cloud-based stuff, trusting "other people's computers" with my data, especially when it comes to things which might contain sensitive stuff). And by copying I didn't necessarily mean doing that manually. Just trying to fill the gaps here so someone into the area can give a good recommendation. – Izzy Sep 17 '19 at 7:18

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