Install LogScale Collector on Linux - Custom


The name of the LogScale Collector service varies:

This procedure describes how to perform a custom installation of the LogScale Collector on a Linux.

  1. Download the LogScale Collector as described in Download LogScale Collector - Custom or using the command-line, see Download Installers from the Command-line.

  2. Run the following command to install Falcon LogScale Collector on:

    • Ubuntu

      sudo dpkg -i humio-collector_x.x.x_linux_amd64.deb
    • RedHat

      $ sudo rpm -i humio-collector.rpm
Run the LogScale Collector Manually on Linux

The following procedures allow you to install LogScale Collector on Linux manually.


Create a valid configuration before running the LogScale Collector, see Configure LogScale Collector for more information.

Configure Start-up on Boot

The package ships with a service file that can be enabled as a SystemD service to run at start-up by running:

$ sudo systemctl enable humio-log-collector.service
Additional Steps on Linux
Add Permissions to the LogScale Collector User

By default, the LogScale Collector process will run as the user humio-log-collector. This user likely does not have access to a majority of the log files in the /var/log directory. The user can be added to the adm group, which generally allows read permissions on these files.

$ sudo usermod -a -G adm humio-log-collector
Allow Access to All Files on the Filesystem

The following capabilities can be added to the LogScale Collector process to grant access to all files on the filesystem.


This provides broad access to all system files and therefore is not recommend for anything other than testing purposes

  1. Edit the systemMD unit:

    $ sudo vi /usr/lib/systemd/system/humio-log-collector.service
  2. Add the following line below the [Service] section.

    AmbientCapabilities = CAP_DAC_READ_SEARCH

  3. Reload the unit files, restart the process, and view the status

    $ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
    $ sudo systemctl restart humio-log-collector.service
    $ sudo systemctl status humio-log-collector.service --no-pager -l
  4. We recommend using specific access permissions to files or using ACLs, for example access systemd journal can be granted using the following:

    $ sudo usermod -a -G systemd-journal humio-log-collector
Binding to the Standard Syslog Port

Only root users can bind to port < 1024. To bind to a lower port number you can give special permissions to the logscale-collector binary.

$ sudo setcap CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE=+eip /usr/bin/humio-log-collector
$ sudo systemctl restart humio-log-collector
Firewall Configuration

If a firewall has been configured on your system it may interfere with the sending of Syslog data. The firewall configuration will need to be updated to allow the default syslog port, 1515, through the firewall.

On RedHat or Debian Linux installations this can be achieved using the command:

$ sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=1515/tcp  --permanent

Other Linux installations may need a different configuration.

Run the LogScale Collector Manually for Debugging

You can run the LogScale Collector as a standalone process and ignore the service file etc for test purposes.

  1. Run one of the following commands:


    Make sure the dataDirectory value in config.yaml exists - default: dataDirectory: /var/lib/humio-log-collector

    • Run the following command to view errors:

      sudo -u humio-log-collector humio-log-collector --cfg /etc/humio-log-collector/config.yaml --log-level error --log-pretty
    • Run the following to view all debug information:

      sudo -u humio-log-collector -- humio-log-collector --cfg /etc/humio-log-collector/config.yaml --log-level debug --log-pretty
  2. When all changes complete, type <CTRL>+<C> to cancel the manually-run LogCollector in debug mode.

  3. Re-start the LogCollector with the following command:

    sudo systemctl start humio-log-collector.service

    and If prompted, enter the sudo password

  4. Check the status of the LogCollector service:

    sudo systemctl status humio-log-collector.service

The executable humio-log-collector is located in /usr/bin by default.