How To Install Graylog on Debian 9

Install Graylog on Debian 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Graylog on your Debian 9 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Graylog is a free and open-source powerful centralized log management tool based on Elasticsearch and MongoDB. Graylog helps you to collect, index, and analyze any machine logs centrally.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Graylog on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 9 (Stretch).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Graylog on Debian 9

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Dependency.

Not all required dependencies are available in Debian 9 standard repository, so you will need to add Debian Backports to the list of package sources:

echo "deb jessie-backports main" > /etc/apt/sour0es.list.d/backports.list

Save the file when you are finished, then update your system with the following command:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Step 3. Installing Java.

Both Graylog and Elasticsearch are Java-based, so you will need to install the latest version of Java on your system:

apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless -y

Now check the java version:

java -version

Step 4. Installing MongoDB.

Graylog uses MongoDB to store its configuration and meta information. It can be installed directly through the MongoDB repository:

apt-get install mongodb-server -y

Start the MongoDB service and enable it to start on boot with the following command:

systemctl start mongod
systemctl enable mongod

Step 5. Installing Elasticsearch.

Elasticsearch is one of the main components which requires Graylog to run, Let’s install Elasticsearch. First, download and install the GPG signing key:

wget -qO - | apt-key add -

Add the Elasticsearch repository to apt:

echo "deb stable main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elasticsearch-2.x.list

After the system finishes updating, install Elasticsearch:

apt-get update -y
apt-get install elasticsearch -y

Start the Elasticsearch service and enable it to start on boot time with the following command:

systemctl start elasticsearch
systemctl enable elasticsearch

Once Elasticsearch is installed, you will need to modify the Elasticsearch main configuration file:

nano /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml

Make the following changes: graylog 10s false [""]
script.inline: false
script.indexed: false
script.file: false

After a few seconds, run the following to test that Elasticsearch is running properly:

curl -X GET http://localhost:9200

Step 6. Installing Graylog.

Graylog is not available in the Debian 9 default repository, you need to download and install the Graylog repository to your system:

dpkg -i graylog-2.2-repository_latest.deb

Update the package lists and install Graylog:

apt-get update -y
apt-get install graylog-server -y

After you have installed the Graylog Server, you have to generate a secret key for Graylog using the following command:

### pwgen -N 1 -s 96 

Now create a hash password for the root user that can be used to log in to the Graylog web server using the following command:

### echo -n Password | sha256sum

Edit the server.conf file:

nano /etc/graylog/server/server.conf

Make changes to the file as shown below:

password_secret= MTtPFSMZxAvoLsUiXXauggyJ761hwkGn1ZTN2ovb8wN2tO1LzyeNbaatOrpLukp96p0MxwHQosmMGPborm1YRojnnSORVvr2
root_password_sha2= e7cf3ef4f17c3999a94f2c6f612e8bmwe46b1026878e4e19398b23cehedelicsec221a
elasticsearch_discovery_zen_ping_unicast_hosts = ipaddress:9300
script.inline: false
script.indexed: false
script.file: false

To enable the Graylog web interface, make changes to the file as shown below:

rest_listen_uri = http://your-server-ip:12900/
web_listen_uri = http://your-server-ip:9000/

After you have modified the configuration file, you can start Graylog Service using the following commands:

systemctl enable graylog-server
systemctl restart graylog-server

Step 6. Accessing Graylog.

Graylog will be available on HTTP port 8080 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://your-server-ip:9000 and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

Install Graylog on Debian 9

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Graylog. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Graylog on Debian 9 Stretch system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Graylog website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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