Cold storage

Wazuh provides two types of storage for your indexed data: hot storage and cold storage.

Wazuh ingests and indexes the events sent by the agents, making the data searchable and analyzable on the Wazuh WUI. This information is available in hot storage and limited by the tier. At the same time, data is sent to cold storage, with a delay of a maximum of 30 minutes since it is first processed by Wazuh. The cold storage is an AWS S3 bucket to store your logs for longer periods of time and meet compliance requirements. Also, you can reindex the data to other environments for investigations.

This is an example of how Wazuh manages the storing of data:

Let’s suppose that an environment with a tier of 100GB has 50 agents connected. Wazuh ingests 5GB on a daily basis and, assuming that 20% of events generate an alert, indexes 1GB per day. In this scenario, the hot storage contains 100 days of alerts (1 GB per day). When that 100 GB of data is exceeded, the oldest data is rotated. All information is still accessible in cold storage.


Your environment is configured by default to send the following data to cold storage:

Wazuh output

There are two types of Wazuh output files:

  • The file /var/ossec/logs/archives/archives.json contains all events whether they tripped a rule or not. This is sent to cold storage if the setting logall_json is set to yes.

  • The file /var/ossec/logs/alerts/alerts.json contains only events that tripped a rule with high enough priority, according to a configurable threshold. This is always sent to cold storage.

Both files are delivered to cold storage as soon as they are rotated and compressed. This process usually takes between 10 to 30 minutes from the moment the event is received.

There is no limit on the amount of data stored in the cold storage, but the time limit is one year. After this period of time, the data is removed.


Files with .log extension are never sent to cold storage.

Wazuh configuration

Data corresponding to Wazuh configuration such us /var/ossec/etc or /var/ossec/api/configuration is compressed and backed up once a day.

Configuration backup is stored in cold storage for up to 30 days, after which it is deleted.

Filename format

The files are stored in a directory structure that indicates the date and time the file was delivered to the cold storage.

The main path follows this format:


Each file has the following name:


The files include the following fields:




Region where the environment is located.


Cloud ID of the environment.


This field is either output or config.


This field is only used by the output category and contains alerts or archives files.


Year when the file was delivered.


Month when the file was delivered.


Day when the file was delivered.


Digits of the year, month, day, hour, and minute when the file was delivered. Hours are in 24-hour format and in UTC. A log file delivered at a specific time can contain records written at any point before that time.


The 16-character UniqueString component of the file name prevents overwriting files. It has no meaning and log processing software should ignore it.


It is the encoding of the file. This field is json.gz for output files, which is a JSON text file in compressed gzip format, and tar.gz for configuration files.


To access your cold storage, you need an AWS token that grants permission on the AWS S3 bucket of your environment. This token can be generated using the Wazuh Cloud API.


See the Wazuh Cloud CLI section to learn how to list and download your cold storage automatically.

The following example describes the steps to follow to list the files of your cold storage:

  1. Before your start using the Wazuh Cloud API, you need an API key. To generate your API key, see the Authentication section.

  2. Use the POST /storage/token endpoint of the Wazuh Cloud API to get the AWS token and access the cold storage of a specific environment. In this example, we generate an AWS token valid for 3600 seconds for environment 0123456789ab.

    curl -XPOST -H "x-api-key: <your_api_key>" -H "Content-Type: application/json" --data '
       "environment_cloud_id": "0123456789ab",
       "token_expiration": "3600"
       "environment_cloud_id": "0123456789ab",
       "aws": {
          "s3_path": "wazuh-cloud-cold-us-east-1/0123456789ab",
          "region": "us-east-1",
          "credentials": {
             "access_key_id": "mUdT2dBjlHd...Gh7Ni1yZKR5If",
             "secret_access_key": "qEzCk63a224...5aB+e4fC1BR0G",
             "session_token": "MRg3t7HIuoA...4o4BXSAcPfUD8",
             "expires_in": 3600
  3. Using the AWS-CLI tool to list the files, add the token to the AWS credentials file ~/.aws/credentials.

    aws_access_key_id = mUdT2dBjlHd...Gh7Ni1yZKR5If
    aws_secret_access_key = qEzCk63a224...5aB+e4fC1BR0G
    aws_session_token = MRg3t7HIuoA...4o4BXSAcPfUD8
  4. Run the following command to list your files.

    $ aws --profile wazuh_cloud_storage --region us-east-1 s3 ls wazuh-cloud-cold-us-east-1/0123456789ab

You now have access to your cold storage.