How to view syslog in Ubuntu?

Better Stack Team
Updated on November 16, 2022

Linux has a special directory for storing logs. This directory contains collected logs from the operating system itself, services and other applications running on the system.

The actual location differed depending on Linux flavor:

  • On Ubuntu machines, you can find the logs in the following directory
/var/log/syslog
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  • On a RHEL/CentOS machine, the output is found in:
/var/log/messages
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To view the file in the terminal, use the cat command:

cat /var/log/syslog
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Or you can open the file in some text editor:

sudo nano /var/log/syslog
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