Monitoring your OpenProject installation

Show logs

In a package-based installation, the openproject command line tool can be used to see the log information. The most typically use case is to show/follow all current log entries. This can be accomplished using the the –tail flag. See example below:

sudo openproject logs --tail

You can abort this using Ctrl + C.


  • On distributions that are based on systemd, all the logs are sent to journald, so you can also display them via journalctl.
  • On older distributions that use either sysvinit or upstart, all the logs are stored in /var/log/openproject/.
  • If you need to share the logs you can save them in a file using tee like this: sudo openproject logs --tail | tee openproject.log

In a docker-based installation, all logs are redirected to STDOUT so you can use the normal docker tools to manage your logs.

For instance for the Compose-based installation:

docker-compose logs -f --tail 1000

Or the all-in-one docker installation:

docker logs -f --tail 1000 openproject

Raising the log level

OpenProject can log at different service levels, the default being info. You can set the environment variable OPENPROJECT_LOG__LEVEL to any of the following values:

  • debug, info, warn, error

For example, to set this in the packaged installation, use the following command:

openproject config:set OPENPROJECT_LOG__LEVEL="debug"
service openproject restart

For Docker-based installations, add the ENV variable to your env file and restart the containers.