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LogDog is a high-performance log collection and dissemination platform. It is designed to collect log data from a large number of cooperative individual sources and make it available to users and systems for consumption. It is composed of several services and tools that work cooperatively to provide a reliable log streaming platform.

Like other LUCI components, LogDog primarily aims to be useful to the Chromium project.

LogDog offers several useful features:

  • Log data is streamed, and is consequently available the moment that it is ingested in the system.
  • Flexible hierarchial log namespaces for organization and navigation.
  • Recognition of different projects, and application of different ACLs for each project.
  • Able to stream text, binary data, or records.
  • Long term (possibly indefinite) log data storage and access.
  • Log data is sourced from read-forward streams (think files, sockets, etc.).
  • Leverages the LUCI Configuration Service for configuration and management.
  • Log data is implemented as protobufs.
  • The entire platform is written in Go.
  • Rich metadata is collected and stored alongside log records.
  • Built entirely on scalable platform technologies, targeting Google Cloud Platform.
    • Resource requirements scale linearly with log volume.


Most applications will interact with a LogDog Coordinator instance via its Coordinator Logs API.

Chrome Operations currently runs a LogDog instance serving * which is located at You can view it's RPC explorer here. Access it through the command line with the prpc from depot_tools with prpc show

Life of a Log Stream

Log streams pass through several layers and states during their path from generation through archival.

  1. Streaming: A log stream is being emitted by a Butler instance and pushed through the Transport Layer to the Collector.
  2. Pre-Registration: The log stream hasn't been observed by a Collector instance yet, and exists only in the mind of the Butler and the Transport layer.
  3. Registered: The log stream has been observed by a Collector instance and successfully registered with the Coordinator. At this point, it becomes queryable, listable, and the records that have been loaded into Intermediate Storage are streamable.
  4. ArchivePending: One of the following events cause the log stream to be recognized as finished and have an archival request dispatched. The archival request is submitted to the Archivist cluster.
    • The log stream's terminal entry is collected, and the terminal index is successfully registered with the Coordinator.
    • A sufficient amount of time has expired since the log stream's registration.
  5. Archived: An Archivist instance has received an archival request for the log stream, successfully executed the request according to its parameters, and updated the log stream's state with the Coordinator.

Most of the lifecycle is hidden from the Logs API endpoint by design. The user need not distinguish between a stream that is streaming, has archival pending, or has been archived. They will issue the same Get requests and receive the same log stream data.

A user may differentiate between a streaming and a complete log by observing its terminal index, which will be < 0 if the log stream is still streaming.


The LogDog platform consists of several components:

  • Coordinator, a hosted service which serves log data to users and manages the log stream lifecycle.
  • Butler, which runs on each log stream producing system and serves log data to the Collector for consumption.
  • Collector, a microservice which takes log stream data and ingests it into intermediate storage for streaming and archival.
  • Archivist, a microservice which compacts completed log streams and prepares them for long-term storage.

LogDog offers several log stream clients to query and consume log data:

Additionally, LogDog is built on several abstract middleware technologies, including:

  • A Transport, a layer for the Butler to send data to the Collector.
  • An Intermediate Storage, a fast highly-accessible layer which stores log data immediately ingested by the Collector until it can be archived.
  • An Archival Storage, for cheap long-term file storage.

Log data is sent from the Butler through Transport to the Collector, which stages it in Intermediate Storage. Once the log stream is complete (or expired), the Archivist moves the data from Intermediate Storage to Archival Storage, where it will permanently reside.

The Chromium-deployed LogDog service uses Google Cloud Platform for several of the middleware layers:

  • Google AppEngine, a scaling application hosting service.
  • Cloud Datastore, a powerful transactional NOSQL structured data storage system. This is used by the Coordinator to store log stream state.
  • Cloud Pub/Sub, a publish / subscribe model transport layer. This is used to ferry log data from Butler instances to Collector instances for ingest.
  • Cloud BigTable, an unstructured key/value storage. This is used as intermediate storage for log stream data.
  • Cloud Storage, used for long-term log stream archival storage.
  • Container Engine, which manages Kubernetes clusters. This is used to host the Collector and Archivist microservices.

Additionally, other LUCI services are used, including:


To instantiate your own LogDog instance, you will need the following prerequisites:

  • A Configuration Service instance.
  • A Google Cloud Platform project configured with:
    • Datastore
    • A Pub/Sub topic (Butler) and subscription (Collector) for log streaming.
    • A Pub/Sub topic (Coordinator) and subscription (Archivist) for archival coordination.
    • A Container Engine instance for microservice hosting.
    • A BigTable cluster.
    • A Cloud Storage bucket for archival staging and storage.

Other compatible optional components include:

  • An Auth Service instance to manage authentication. This is necessary if something stricter than public read/write is desired.


The Configuration Service must have a valid service entry text protobuf for this LogDog service (defined in svcconfig/config.proto).


After deploying the Coordinator to a suitable cloud project, several configuration parameters must be defined visit its settings page at: https://<your-app>/admin/portal, and configure:

  • Configure the “Configuration Service Settings” to point to the Configuration Service instance.
  • If using timeseries monitoring, update the “Time Series Monitoring Settings”.
  • If using Auth Service, set the “Authorization Settings”.

If you are using a BigTable instance outside of your cloud project (e.g., staging, dev), you will need to add your BigTable service account JSON to the service's settings. Currently this cannot be done without a command-line tool. Hopefully a proper settings page will be added to enable this, or alternatively Cloud BigTable will be updated to support IAM.