How to View Site Logs on a Plesk Linux Server

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Method 1: Via FTP:
  1. Log into your server via FTP, use SFTP protocol or port 22 (See: How to Use FTP)
  2. Using the FTP client, navigate to /var/www/vhosts/domain.com/logs where domain.com is your primary domain name. 
  3. Most FTP clients support the ability to right click the file on the remote machine, and view it locally by clicking Edit.
    • If this is not the case, download the file to your local machine, browse to the location of the log, and open it with a text editor.
 
Method 2: Via SSH
  1. Log into your server via SSH (See: How to Log into a Linux Server Using SSH)
  2. Type the following command, where domain.com is the primary domain name for your web site:
    cd /var/www/vhosts/domain.com/logs
  3. Type ls and hit enter, to list the log files.
  4. Select the log you wish to view, and type the following command, where [log] is the name of the log file:
    tail [log]
  5. This will display the last 10 lines of the log. If you wish to view more lines, run the following command, replacing XX with the number of lines:
    tail [log] -n XX

Log File Types

access_log: access_log is equivalent to IIS logs in Windows. Each web request is tracked here since the last log rotation occurred.
access_log.processed: This log is the same as the access_log, but keeps track of everything before the current log rotation.
 
access_ssl_log: Similar to access_log, this is a log of all requests over HTTPS since the last log rotation.
access_ssl_log.processed: This log is the same as the access_ssl_log, but is everything from before the current log rotation.
 
xferlog_regular: This is a log of all FTP transfers for the site.
xferlog_regular.processed: This log is the same as xferlog_regular, but is everything from before the current log rotation.
 
error_log: This is a log of all web errors, such as PHP errors. 

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