Leverage the default Envoy access log collector to record logs for the Istio ingress gateway and Istio-enabled workloads in your service mesh. You can then review these logs to troubleshoot issues as-needed, or scrape these logs to view them in your larger platform logging system. The full record of each request includes source and destination metadata, such as the client ID that initiated the request. Auditors in your organization can use this information to detect malicious activity or unusual amounts of requests to your gateway.

To get started, enable the default Envoy access log collector in your Istio installation.

Enable access logging

Enable the default Envoy access log collector when you install or update Istio.

  1. Allow your Istio-enabled workloads to produce access logs by updating your Istio installation.

  2. Restart the workloads that you want to collect access logs for. For example, to restart the Bookinfo product page app, run the following command.

      kubectl rollout restart deployment productpage-v1 -n bookinfo --context $REMOTE_CONTEXT

View access logs

View the Envoy access logs that are recorded by default for workloads in your service mesh.

  1. Create a temporary container with the curl utility in the same namespace as the ratings Bookinfo service.

      kubectl run -it --context $REMOTE_CONTEXT1 -n bookinfo curl \
      --image=curlimages/curl:7.73.0 --rm  -- sh
  2. From the new terminal, generate access logs by sending requests to ratings. Type exit when you’re done.

      curl http://ratings:9080/ratings/1 -v
  3. View the ratings access logs.

      kubectl logs -l app=ratings -c istio-proxy --context $REMOTE_CONTEXT1 -n bookinfo 
  4. Check the logs for the ratings app. All access logs for the requests that you previously sent are recorded. For example, the logs might look similar to the following:

      [2022-06-17T00:29:40.135Z] "GET /ratings/1 HTTP/1.1" 200 - via_upstream - "-" 0 48 2 1 "-" "curl/7.73.0-DEV" "8bdf59f8-0608-4d39-ac73-268519068afb" "ratings:9080" "" inbound|9080|| outbound_.9080_._.ratings.bookinfo.svc.cluster.local default
    [2022-06-17T00:30:08.114Z] "GET /ratings/1 HTTP/1.1" 200 - via_upstream - "-" 0 48 2 2 "-" "curl/7.73.0-DEV" "248926bd-ca16-42a6-866d-d2ab5a1440ee" "ratings:9080" "" inbound|9080|| outbound_.9080_._.ratings.bookinfo.svc.cluster.local default