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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 Scale plan, or are in your initial 14-day trial period.

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

2. Enable log sending in the collector

To enable the sending of logs in the collector, add PGA_ENABLE_LOGS=1 to the collector app like this:

$ heroku config:add PGA_ENABLE_LOGS=1 -a testapp-pganalyze-collector

3. Verify that pganalyze is receiving logs

First you can verify whether the log drain data is coming by looking at the router logs like this:

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

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

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 screenshot

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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