Audit block

The audit block configures the audit logging settings for the Cerbos instance. Audit logs capture access records and decisions made by the engine along with the associated context data.

Log storage is handled by different backends. In the free version, only the local backend is supported.

Audit logging has some overhead in terms of resource usage (disk IO, CPU and memory). This overhead is usually negligible unless Cerbos is running in a resource-constrained environment. If resources are scarce or if you are expecting heavy traffic, disabling audit logging might have a positive impact on performance.
  enabled: true # Set to false to completely disable audit logging.
  accessLogsEnabled: true # Log API access attempts
  decisionLogsEnabled: true # Log policy decisions
  backend: local # Audit backend to use.
  local: # Configuration for the local audit backend
    storagePath: /path/to/dir # Path to store the data
    retentionPeriod: 168h # Records older than this will be automatically deleted

Local backend

The local backend uses an embedded key-value store to save audit records. The default settings should be sufficient for many use cases. Advanced users can fine-tune these settings using the advanced section.

  enabled: true
  backend: local
    storagePath: /path/to/dir
    retentionPeriod: 168h
      bufferSize: 16 # Size of the memory buffer. Increasing this will use more memory and the chances of losing data during a crash.
      maxBatchSize: 16 # Write batch size. If your records are small, increasing this will reduce disk IO.
      flushInterval: 30s # Time to keep records in memory before committing.
      gcInterval: 15m # How often the garbage collector runs to remove old entries from the log.