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How to enable Engine Logs


Engine logs are useful when troubleshooting Engine-related issues. Engine logs contain the output of messages created when a workflow runs, as well as the time stamps when tools run in a workflow.


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  • Alteryx Server
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Procedure for Alteryx Server


  1. Open Alteryx System Settings
  2. Navigate to Engine > General

  1. Under Logging Directory set a directory for Engine logs to be written to. This is empty by default and therefore Engine logs would be disabled.

Please note: In a multi-node environment, the above-mentioned steps will have to be performed for each Worker machine.

Procedure for Alteryx Designer

Engine logs can also be enabled within Alteryx Designer.
  1. Open Alteryx Designer
  2. Go to User settingsEdit user Settings
  3. In the Defaults Tab enable Override System Settings and add the path you would like to extract the workflow execution logs.
    1. Press Save. 

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    A Workflow log question.  In a multi-node environment, is it a best practice to write Workflow logs to a network drive shared by all the worker nodes?  We just added a new worker node and we have the WF loads writing to the D:\ drive on each server.  Can you advise on what's the best set up?  Also, we scan the logs to alert on Error messages.  Is there a pattern that would pick up critical errors vs say field conversion errors?