View instance logs for Looker (Google Cloud core)

This page describes how to find and use Cloud Logging to view and query logs for your Looker (Google Cloud core) instance.

Looker (Google Cloud core) uses Cloud Logging. See the cloud logging documentation for complete information.

Required roles

To understand the required roles for Cloud Logging, visit the Access control with IAM page of the Cloud Logging documentation.

View logs

To view logs for your Looker (Google Cloud core) instance log entries, follow these steps:


  1. In the Google Cloud console, go to Logging > Logs Explorer
  2. Select an existing Looker (Google Cloud core) project at the top of the page.
  3. In the Query builder, add the following:
    • Resource: Select Looker instance. In the dialog, select a Looker (Google Cloud core) instance ID.
    • Log names: Scroll to the Looker section and select appropriate log files for your instance. For example:
    • Severity: Select a log level.
    • Time range: Select a preset or create a custom range.


Use the gcloud logging command to view log entries. In the example below, replace PROJECT_ID. The limit flag is an optional parameter that indicates the maximum number of entries to return.

gcloud logging read "" \
--project=PROJECT-ID \
--limit=10 \


Issue Troubleshooting
Log files are incomplete. Check the severity level at which your logging is configured. Log messages below the level configured will be dropped.
Operations information is not found in logs. You want to find more information about an operation.

For example, a user was deleted but you can't find out who did it. The logs show the operation started but don't provide any more information. You must enable audit logging for detailed and personal identifying information (PII) like this to be logged.

Log files are hard to read. You'd rather view the logs as JSON or text. You can use the gcloud logging read command along with Linux post-processing commands to download the logs.

To download the logs as JSON, use the following code:

gcloud logging read \
" \
AND logName=projects/PROJECT_ID \
/logs/" \
--format json \
--project=PROJECT_ID \
--freshness="1d" \
> downloaded-log.json

To download the logs as text, use the following code:

gcloud logging read \
" \
AND logName=projects/PROJECT_ID \
/logs/" \
--format json \
--project=PROJECT_ID \
--freshness="1d"| jq -rnc --stream 'fromstream(1|truncate_stream(inputs)) \
| .textPayload' \
> downloaded-log.txt

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