Category: Logging, Analysis

How to simply analyze access logs of web servers

There is a tool for that: GoAccess. It’s an easy to use command line tool to analyze any access log and create beautiful insights.


On macOS you can use HomeBrew to install GoAccess:

brew install goaccess

For other operation systems, please check out the detailed documentation on their website.


The most elegant way is the terminal output. For this, simply type:

 goaccess access.log --log-format=COMBINED

Which creates such an output (you can navigate down to see much more details):

You can also create an html file that you can view in your browser:

goaccess access.last.log -o report.last.html --log-format=COMBINED

And voilà:

To learn more about all options, you can check out the documentation of GoAccess.

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