Prometheus exporter for Apache access logs. Processes multiple log files simultaneously (one file per virtual host).
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Apache Prometheus Exporter

Exports Prometheus metrics from Apache access logs.

See the docker folder for an example setup using Docker Compose.

1. Configure Apache Access Log Format

The following snippet will create a log format named prometheus that includes all information the exporter expects. See Apache documentation for explanation of the format.

LogFormat "%t %h \"%r\" %>s %O %{ms}T \"%{Referer}i\" \"%{User-Agent}i\"" prometheus

2. Configure Apache Virtual Hosts

The following snippet is an example of how you could configure Apache to serve 3 domains from different folders using macros.

Each domain has its own access and error log file. The log files are rotated daily, with a dedicated folder for each day, and a ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/latest/ folder with hard links to today's log files - this folder will be watched by the exporter.

<Macro Logs $domain>
	ErrorLog "|/usr/bin/rotatelogs -l -f -D -L ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/latest/$domain.error.log ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/%Y-%m-%d/$domain.error.log 86400"
	CustomLog "|/usr/bin/rotatelogs -l -f -D -L ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/latest/$domain.access.log ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/%Y-%m-%d/$domain.access.log 86400" prometheus

<Macro Domain $domain>
	<VirtualHost *:80>
		ServerName $domain
		DocumentRoot /var/www/html/$domain
		Use Logs $domain


UndefMacro Domain
UndefMacro Logs

In this example, the domain will be served from /var/www/html/, and its logs will be written to:

  • ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/latest/
  • ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/latest/

3. Configure the Exporter

The exporter requires the following environment variables:


The host that the HTTP server for metrics will listen on. If omitted, defaults to


The path to the access/error log files. You may use a single wildcard to match multiple files in a folder, or to match multiple folders in one level of the path. Whatever is matched by the wildcard will become the Prometheus label file. If there is no wildcard, the file label will be empty.

Example 1 (File Name Wildcard)

Log files for all domains are in /var/log/apache2/latest/ and are named <domain>.access.log and <domain>.error.log. This is the set up from the Apache configuration example above.

Pattern: /var/log/apache2/latest/*.access.log

  • Metrics for /var/log/apache2/latest/ will be labeled:
  • Metrics for /var/log/apache2/latest/ will be labeled:
  • Metrics for /var/log/apache2/latest/ will be labeled:

The wildcard may appear anywhere in the file name.

Example 2 (Folder Wildcard)

Every domain has its own folder in /var/log/apache2/latest/ containing log files named access.log and error.log.

Pattern: /var/log/apache2/latest/*/access.log

  • Metrics for /var/log/apache2/latest/ will be labeled:
  • Metrics for /var/log/apache2/latest/ will be labeled:
  • Metrics for /var/log/apache2/latest/ will be labeled:

The wildcard must not include any prefix or suffix, so /*/ is accepted, but /prefix_*/ or /*_suffix/ is not.


At least one access log file and one error log file must be found when the exporter starts, otherwise the exporter immediately exits with an error.

If a log file is deleted, the exporter will automatically resume watching it if it is re-created later. If you want the exporter to forget about deleted log files, restart the exporter.

4. Launch the Exporter

Start the exporter. The standard output will show which log files have been found, the web server host, and the metrics endpoint URL.

Press Ctrl-C to stop the exporter.

Important: Due to library bugs, the exporter will currently not watch rotated log files. If you want to use this project right now, you will need to add the -c flag to rotatelogs, and restart the exporter after every rotation.

5. Collect Prometheus Metrics

Currently, the exporter exposes only these metrics:

  • apache_requests_total total number of requests
  • apache_errors_total total number of errors

More detailed metrics will be added in the future.