Event Tags

LogScale stores data in physical partitions called LogScale Internal Architecture. Parsers can be configured to assign events to a particular data source based on specific fields — this is called tagging. Tagging is an advanced topic and you should only consider using tags if you need to optimize search speeds. If you create too many different tag combinations, performance will suffer. You can read more about tags and data sources in Understanding LogScale's Data Sources.

Assigning Tags to Events

Parsers are responsible for assigning tags to events. Proper event tagging depends on how you intend to search in your repository, and therefore most built-in parsers will not tag events at all.

Tags are always assigned based on field values. To use a field as a tagging field go to Settings -- Tagging page while editing a parser.

Tagging Data

Figure 47. Tagging Data

There, you can specify which fields should be used for tagging. Remember to limit yourself as each unique tag combination will create a separate datasource and require heap memory.

Make sure you pick fields with a limited value space. For example, for HTTP Access Logs a good tagging field could be the HTTP Method because it has a limited set of possible values (GET, POST, HEAD) and is something which would be part of almost every search query.

Tagging and LogScale's Ingest API

It is also possible to specify tags as part of the data sent to LogScale. For instance, when using LogScale's structured ingest endpoint, all fields are already defined by the client and no parsing is involved during ingest. Here it is possible to specify which tags should be assigned as part of the message.

Tagging and Filebeat

When shipping data, the recommended way to tag is to specify the tagging fields in the parser settings. When shipping data through Filebeat, you can add tags as part of the Filebeat configuration on the client side. These tags will be added to all events.

The only exception is the #type tag. The #type tag can be used to specify parsers that should be used for ingestion when events arrive at LogScale. But in general it's a much more flexible solution to assign parsers through Ingest Tokens and avoid specifying the parser on the sender side.


Assume you have an Nginx server which is sending access logs to LogScale. You have also defined the two fields method and secret as tagging fields.

Now assume that some URL contains sensitive information and you would like to limit access to them to only a subset of your LogScale users. In this case we will say that any URL that starts with one of:

  • /transactions/

  • /admin/

Should be tagged as secret. Let's write the parser:

// The full accesslog parser has been left out for brevity.
case {
  // CASE: Match events with a url field starting /transactions/ or /admin/
  url = "/transactions/*" OR "/admin/*" 
| secret := true;
  // CASE: Match all other events
| secret := false;

We could now create a Views for the users that don't have access rights to look at the data marked as secret=true.


We created a new field as part of the parsing process which was then used to tag the incoming events. Had we not defined secret as a tagging field the view would still work perfectly fine. In fact we would get the exact same results — albeit without the performance enhancement of the tag-based search.