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Python (om_python)

This module provides support for forwarding log data with methods written in the Python language. Currently, only versions 3.x of Python are supported.

The file specified by the PythonCode directive should contain a write_data() method which is called by the om_python module instance. See also the xm_python and im_python modules.

To examine the supported platforms, see the list of installer packages in the Available Modules chapter.

The Python script should import the nxlog module, and will have access to the following classes and functions.


Send the message msg to the internal logger at DEBUG log level. This function does the same as the core log_debug() procedure.


Send the message msg to the internal logger at INFO log level. This function does the same as the core log_info()procedure.


Send the message msg to the internal logger at WARNING log level. This function does the same as the core log_warning() procedure.


Send the message msg to the internal logger at ERROR log level. This function does the same as the core log_error() procedure.

class nxlog.Module

This class is instantiated by NXLog and can be accessed via the LogData.module attribute. This can be used to set or access variables associated with the module (see the example below).

class nxlog.LogData

This class represents an event. It is instantiated by NXLog and passed to the write_data() method.


This method removes the field name from the event record.


This method returns a list with the names of all the fields currently in the event record.


This method returns the value of the field name in the event.

set_field(name, value)

This method sets the value of field name to value.


This attribute is set to the Module object associated with the LogData event.


The om_python module accepts the following directives in addition to the common module directives.


This mandatory directive specifies a file containing Python code. The om_python instance will call a write_data() function which must accept an nxlog.LogData object as its only argument.


This optional directive specifies the Python method to invoke. With this directive, you can call only specific methods from your Python code. If the directive is not specified, the default method write_data is invoked.


Example 1. Forwarding Events With om_python

This example shows an alerter implemented as an output module instance in Python. First, any event with a normalized severity less than of 4/ERROR is dropped; see the Exec directive (xm_syslog and most other modules set a normalized $SeverityValue field). Then the Python function generates a custom email and sends it via SMTP.

<Output out>
    Module      om_python
    PythonCode  /opt/nxlog/etc/output.py
    Exec        if $SeverityValue < 4 drop();
from email.mime.text import MIMEText
import pprint
import smtplib
import socket

import nxlog

HOSTNAME = socket.gethostname()
FROM_ADDR = 'nxlog@{}'.format(HOSTNAME)
TO_ADDR = 'you@example.com'

def write_data(event):
    nxlog.log_debug('Python alerter received event')

    # Convert field list to dictionary
    all = {}
    for field in event.get_names():
        all.update({field: event.get_field(field)})

    # Create message from event
    pretty_event = pprint.pformat(all)
    msg = 'NXLog on {} received the following alert:\n\n{}'.format(HOSTNAME,
    email_msg = MIMEText(msg)
    email_msg['Subject'] = 'Alert from NXLog on {}'.format(HOSTNAME)
    email_msg['From'] = FROM_ADDR
    email_msg['To'] = TO_ADDR

    # Send email message
    nxlog.log_debug('Sending email alert for event')
    s = smtplib.SMTP('localhost')
    s.sendmail(FROM_ADDR, [TO_ADDR], email_msg.as_string())