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Amazon CloudFront Streaming Access Logs

CloudFront delivers your static and streaming content using a global network of edge locations. Amazon CloudFront delivers your static and streaming content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your objects are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance. You can now enable logging for an Amazon CloudFront Streaming distribution Once enabled for a particular distribution, CloudFront logs all accesses to a designated Amazon S3 bucket. The information in the log files will let you know which of your streaming media files are the most popular and will also let you see which CloudFront Edge Location was used to stream the information.

Each log entry contains the following information:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Edge Location
  • Client IP Address
  • Event (Connect, Play, Seek, Stop, Pause, Unpause, Disconnect, and so forth)
  • Byte Count
  • Status
  • Client Id
  • Request URI Stem
  • URI Query
  • Referrer
  • Page URL
  • User Agent

Additional information about the stream is logged for play, stop, pause, unpause, and seek events. Log entries are generated for both public and private streamed content.

The following applications and tools already have support for this new feature:

You can also use any application that understands log files in a W3C-compatible log format to manipulate or analyze the log files. Read the CloudFront documentation to learn more.

(Via Amazon Web Services Blog.)

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Alin Irimie is a software engineer - architect, designer, and developer with over 10 years experience in various languages and technologies. Currently he is Messaging Security Manager at Sunbelt Software, a security company. He is also the CTO of RADSense Software, a software consulting company. He has expertise in Microsoft technologies such as .NET Framework, ASP.NET, AJAX, SQL Server, C#, C++, Ruby On Rails, Cloud computing (Amazon and Windows Azure),and he also blogs about cloud technologies here.