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Logging to Graylog from Node using Bunyan

The source code for this is on Github. Also read the Graylog docker installation docs first.

Graylog has dependencies on Mongo and Elasticsearch which I didn't know. Elasticsearch is cool.

Build the node image with:

docker build -t bunyan-node .

Then run docker compose up build.

Testing the endpoint using http is easy:

curl -XPOST http://localhost:12201/gelf -p0 -d '{"short_message":"Hello there", "host":"", "facility":"test", "_foo":"bar"}'

However, as we are using streams you have to set up Graylog to accept UDP streams. For this example I've used a module called gelf-stream.

const http = require('http');
const bunyan = require('bunyan');
const gelfStream = require('gelf-stream');

const stream = gelfStream.forBunyan('graylog')
const log = bunyan.createLogger({
  name: 'myapp',
  streams: [{
    type: 'raw',

http.createServer((req, res) => {
  const then =;`Hello ${then}`);
  res.end(`Hello ${then}`);