17.6. Log Rotation

All outputs in the outputs section of the configuration file can be subject to log rotation.

For most outputs an external tool like logrotate is required to rotate the log files in combination with sending a SIGHUP to Suricata to notify it that the log files have been rotated.

On receipt of a SIGHUP, Suricata simply closes all open log files and then re-opens them in append mode. If the external tool has renamed any of the log files, new files will be created, otherwise the files will be re-opened and new data will be appended to them with no noticeable affect.

The following is an example logrotate configuration file that will rotate Suricata log files then send Suricata a SIGHUP triggering Suricata to open new files:

/var/log/suricata/*.log /var/log/suricata/*.json
    rotate 3
            /bin/kill -HUP `cat /var/run/suricata.pid 2>/dev/null` 2>/dev/null || true


The above logrotate configuration file depends on the existence of a Suricata PID file. If running in daemon mode a PID file will be created by default, otherwise the --pidfile option should be used to create a PID file.

In addition to the SIGHUP style rotation discussed above, some outputs support their own time and date based rotation, however removal of old log files is still the responsibility of external tools. These outputs include: