This document will explain Ray’s logging system and its best practices.

Driver logs

An entry point of Ray applications that calls ray.init(address=’auto’) or ray.init() is called a driver. All the driver logs are handled in the same way as normal Python programs.

Worker logs

Ray’s tasks or actors are executed remotely within Ray’s worker processes. Ray has special support to improve the visibility of logs produced by workers.

  • By default, all of the tasks/actors stdout and stderr are redirected to the worker log files. Check out Logging directory structure to learn how Ray’s logging directory is structured.

  • By default, all of the tasks/actors stdout and stderr that is redirected to worker log files are published to the driver. Drivers display logs generated from its tasks/actors to its stdout and stderr.

Let’s look at a code example to see how this works.

import ray
# Initiate a driver.

def task():


You should be able to see the string task from your driver stdout.

When logs are printed, the process id (pid) and an IP address of the node that executes tasks/actors are printed together. Check out the output below.

(pid=45601) task

How to set up loggers

When using ray, all of the tasks and actors are executed remotely in Ray’s worker processes. Since Python logger module creates a singleton logger per process, loggers should be configured on per task/actor basis.


To stream logs to a driver, they should be flushed to stdout and stderr.

import ray
import logging
# Initiate a driver.

class Actor:
    def __init__(self):
        # Basic config automatically configures logs to
        # be streamed to stdout and stderr.
        # Set the severity to INFO so that info logs are printed to stdout.

    def log(self, msg):

actor = Actor.remote()
ray.get(actor.log.remote("A log message for an actor."))

def f(msg):

ray.get(f.remote("A log message for a task"))
(pid=95193) INFO:root:A log message for a task
(pid=95192) INFO:root:A log message for an actor.

How to use structured logging

The metadata of tasks or actors may be obtained by Ray’s runtime_context APIs. Runtime context APIs help you to add metadata to your logging messages, making your logs more structured.

import ray
# Initiate a driver.

def task():
    print(f"task_id: {ray.get_runtime_context().task_id}")

(pid=47411) task_id: TaskID(a67dc375e60ddd1affffffffffffffffffffffff01000000)

Logging directory structure

By default, Ray logs are stored in a /tmp/ray/session_*/logs directory.


The default temp directory is /tmp/ray (for Linux and Mac OS). If you’d like to change the temp directory, you can specify it when ray start or ray.init() is called.

A new Ray instance creates a new session ID to the temp directory. The latest session ID is symlinked to /tmp/ray/session_latest.

Here’s a Ray log directory structure. Note that .out is logs from stdout/stderr and .err is logs from stderr. The backward compatibility of log directories is not maintained.

  • dashboard.log: A log file of a Ray dashboard.

  • dashboard_agent.log: Every Ray node has one dashboard agent. This is a log file of the agent.

  • gcs_server.[out|err]: The GCS server is a stateless server that manages business logic that needs to be performed on GCS (Redis). It exists only in the head node.

  • log_monitor.log: The log monitor is in charge of streaming logs to the driver.

  • monitor.log: Ray’s cluster launcher is operated with a monitor process. It also manages the autoscaler.

  • monitor.[out|err]: Stdout and stderr of a cluster launcher.

  • plasma_store.[out|err]: Deprecated.

  • python-core-driver-[worker_id]_[pid].log: Ray drivers consist of CPP core and Python/Java frontend. This is a log file generated from CPP code.

  • python-core-worker-[worker_id]_[pid].log: Ray workers consist of CPP core and Python/Java frontend. This is a log file generated from CPP code.

  • raylet.[out|err]: A log file of raylets.

  • redis-shard_[shard_index].[out|err]: A log file of GCS (Redis by default) shards.

  • redis.[out|err]: A log file of GCS (Redis by default).

  • worker-[worker_id]-[job_id]-[pid].[out|err]: Python/Java part of Ray drivers and workers. All of stdout and stderr from tasks/actors are streamed here. Note that job_id is an id of the driver.

  • io-worker-[worker_id]-[pid].[out|err]: Ray creates IO workers to spill/restore objects to external storage by default from Ray 1.3+. This is a log file of IO workers.

Log rotation

Ray supports log rotation of log files. Note that not all components are currently supporting log rotation. (Raylet, Python/Java worker, and Redis logs are not rotating).

By default, logs are rotating when it reaches to 512MB (maxBytes), and there could be up to 5 backup files (backupCount). Indexes are appended to all backup files (e.g., raylet.out.1) If you’d like to change the log rotation configuration, you can do it by specifying environment variables. For example,

RAY_ROTATION_MAX_BYTES=1024; ray start --head # Start a ray instance with maxBytes 1KB.
RAY_ROTATION_BACKUP_COUNT=1; ray start --head # Start a ray instance with backupCount 1.