Audit logging in Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus)


The pgAudit extension in Hyperscale (Citus) is currently in preview. This preview version is provided without a service level agreement, and it's not recommended for production workloads. Certain features might not be supported or might have constrained capabilities.

You can see a complete list of other new features in preview features for Hyperscale (Citus).

Audit logging of database activities in Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus) is available through the PostgreSQL Audit extension: pgAudit. pgAudit provides detailed session or object audit logging.

If you want Azure resource-level logs for operations like compute and storage scaling, see the Azure Activity Log.

Usage considerations

By default, pgAudit log statements are emitted along with your regular log statements by using Postgres's standard logging facility. In Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus), you can configure all logs to be sent to Azure Monitor Log store for later analytics in Log Analytics. If you enable Azure Monitor resource logging, your logs will be automatically sent (in JSON format) to Azure Storage, Event Hubs, or Azure Monitor logs, depending on your choice.

Enabling pgAudit

The pgAudit extension is pre-installed and enabled on most Hyperscale (Citus) server group nodes. If it isn't enabled on your nodes, please open a support request.

pgAudit settings

pgAudit allows you to configure session or object audit logging. Session audit logging emits detailed logs of executed statements. Object audit logging is audit scoped to specific relations. You can choose to set up one or both types of logging.


pgAudit settings are specified globally and cannot be specified at a database or role level.

Also, pgAudit settings are specified per-node in a server group. To make a change on all nodes, you must apply it to each node individually.

You must configure pgAudit parameters to start logging. The pgAudit documentation provides the definition of each parameter. Test the parameters first and confirm that you're getting the expected behavior.


Setting pgaudit.log_client to ON will redirect logs to a client process (like psql) instead of being written to file. This setting should generally be left disabled.

pgaudit.log_level is only enabled when pgaudit.log_client is on.


In Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus), pgaudit.log cannot be set using a - (minus) sign shortcut as described in the pgAudit documentation. All required statement classes (READ, WRITE, etc.) should be individually specified.

Audit log format

Each audit entry is indicated by AUDIT: near the beginning of the log line. The format of the rest of the entry is detailed in the pgAudit documentation.

Getting started

To quickly get started, set pgaudit.log to WRITE, and open your server logs to review the output.

Viewing audit logs

The way you access the logs depends on which endpoint you choose. For Azure Storage, see the logs storage account article. For Event Hubs, see the stream Azure logs article.

For Azure Monitor Logs, logs are sent to the workspace you selected. The Postgres logs use the AzureDiagnostics collection mode, so they can be queried from the AzureDiagnostics table. The fields in the table are described below. Learn more about querying and alerting in the Azure Monitor Logs query overview.

You can use this query to get started. You can configure alerts based on queries.

Search for all pgAudit entries in Postgres logs for a particular server in the last day

| where LogicalServerName_s == "myservername"
| where TimeGenerated > ago(1d) 
| where Message contains "AUDIT:"

Next steps