The Rails way

As per documentation you can configure Rails with a logger conforming to interface of Log4r or Ruby default Logger class interface. And it turns out Ruby default Logger has build-in ability to rotate logs. Let’s create logger which will rotate your logs every 3 days or after it grows upto 10 Mb:

require "logger"

logger ="logfilename.log", 3, 10*1024*1024)

To configure Rails to rotate logs add this code to production.rb:

Rails.application.configure do

# ...

config.logger =["log"].first, 3, 10.megabytes)
# ...



I am assuming you use Ubuntu to run your Rails app.

Firstly, install logrotate utility:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install logrotate

Then, create new logrotate config file for your app:

sudo nano /etc/logrotate.d/sample-app

It should look lo this:

/home/yukas/sample-app/log/*.log {   # path to your log folder
        daily           # rotates your log on daily basis
        rotate 2        # 2 days of logs will be kept
        size 10M        # maximum size of log file is 10 Mb
        missingok       # ignore errors in the process and keep working
        compress        # compress log files
        delaycompress   # postpone compress till next rotation
        notifempty      # do not rotate empty log

Try to rotate your logs by running: sudo logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/sample-app.

Run cat /var/lib/logrotate/status to see which logs got rotated and when.

Now you need to specify cron job to rotate your logs every day automatically.

Run sudo nano /etc/cron.daily/logrotate to create cron config for logrotate.

Cron config should look like so:


# Clean non existent log file entries from status file
cd /var/lib/logrotate
test -e status || touch status
head -1 status > status.clean
sed 's/"//g' status | while read logfile date
    [ -e "$logfile" ] && echo "\"$logfile\" $date"
done >> status.clean
mv status.clean status

test -x /usr/sbin/logrotate || exit 0
/usr/sbin/logrotate /etc/logrotate.conf

It seem now you all set, your Rails app logs should be rotated on daily basis.

Good day!