Launching the official syslog-ng OSE repository

Last autumn, we asked for your feedback on our plan to introduce official binary repositories for syslog-ng Open Source Edition. The overwhelming majority of those who got back to us agreed that it is fair to provide this service tied to a simple registration. We are happy to announce that although a bit late compared to our originally planned schedule, we are launching this service, first as a test run with Debian Jessie packages. We will always host the latest release, and these packages will be built and tested by us, so you won’t have to worry about dependencies – provided you are running a suitable Linux distribution. We are planning to add an RPM repository as well in the future, knowing well that many of our open source users require that.

How to use the repository?

To use the newly introduced syslog-ng Open Source Edition Debian Jessie repository, you only have to complete a few quick and easy steps.

    1. Head to and create a MyBalabit account. Just click on MyBalabit in the top right corner of the page, and then choose Sign Up (under OS X, the sign up option will be hiding under the hamburger menu). At the top of the form, there will be a drop down menu where you have to specify why are you requesting access to this portal. Choose syslog-ng OSE Binary Repository Access, then fill out the rest of the form, read and agree to our privacy policy, then hit create you account.If you already happen to have a MyBalabit account, simply log in and look for Request Access in the top menu. Once in there, select syslog-ng OSE Binary Repository Access and click on request access.
    2. Once you finished with the initial steps, look for the Access tokens option at the bottom of the left menu bar. In there, you will find your token to be used with the syslog-ng OSE DEB repository. If for some reason you need a new token, use the regenerate button.
    3. Now you should be all set to configure your compatible Linux distribution to access the repository. 
      echo "deb jessie main" >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/oserepo.list
      apt-get update
      apt-get install --no-install-recommends -y curl
      curl | apt-key add -  
      apt-get update  
      apt-cache policy syslog-ng  
      apt-get install syslog-ng

And that’s it, you should be all set!

Please, don’t forget that this is still very much a trial for us to gauge the interest in such a service. Bugs might surface, the repository might be inaccessible due to technical glitches, etc. We encourage you to sign up to our syslog-ng OSE mailing list (if you haven’t done that already) and share your feedback with us. It would be much appreciated!