Log Insights: Install on Heroku Postgres

Assuming you have already followed the installation guide for Heroku Postgres this describes how you can get Log Insights data into pganalyze for your Heroku Postgres database.

Note that this also assumes you are on the pganalyze Scale plan, or are in your initial 14-day trial period.

Log output support is only available on Heroku Postgres Standard, Premium and higher plans.

Installation steps

Step 1: Add log drain to your source application

Log output for Heroku Postgres databases is sent to the application that the database is attached to, so we need to add a log drain to that application that forwards log lines to the pganalyze collector app running in your account.

The collector receives log drains at the following URL:


For the [ALIAS] value we recommend you use the add-on attachment name you've chosen in the initial setup, which you can determine by viewing the current Heroku configuration of your collector app (e.g. testapp-pganalyze-collector):

heroku config -a testapp-pganalyze-collector
=== testapp-pganalyze-collector Config Vars
TESTAPP_URL: postgres://...:...@...:.../...

So in this case we would use TESTAPP_URL as our alias, and then we would add the log drain like this:

heroku drains:add https://testapp-pganalyze-collector.herokuapp.com/logs/TESTAPP_URL -a testapp

Make sure to replace testapp-pganalyze-collector with the name of your own collector application that you've deployed in your Heroku account.

Step 2: Verify that log drain is working

First you can verify whether the log drain data is coming by looking at the router logs of the collector app:

heroku logs -a testapp-pganalyze-collector
2018-05-20T21:20:40.993026+00:00 heroku[router]: at=info method=POST path="/logs/TESTAPP_URL" host=testapp-pganalyze-collector.herokuapp.com request_id=564088b7-05a9-4def-8aa0-3861b25f9334 fwd="" dyno=web.1 connect=0ms service=0ms status=200 bytes=135 protocol=https

Step 3: Restart collector

To finish, restart the collector app:

heroku restart -a testapp-pganalyze-collector

Afterwards, check the app logs again.

heroku logs -a testapp-pganalyze-collector -t

If the collector was able to match the log data to the correct database, you will see a log line like this after about a minute:

2018-05-20T21:22:19.854980+00:00 app[web.1]: I [TESTAPP_URL] Submitted compact logs snapshot successfully

And then when you check the pganalyze interface, you will see Log Insights data:

log insights heroku

Note that on Heroku Postgres you have limited configuration options, but you may want to review the defaults of:

log_min_duration_statement = 2000
log_lock_waits = on
log_statement = ddl

You can see details on what these settings do in our tuning guide.

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