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Quickstart Your Sumo Logic Experience


Sumo Logic provides extensive features and options to gather, monitor, and analyze data, manage your infrastructure, integrate with third-party applications, and so much more!

Follow this quickstart guide to connect, integrate, configure, and start using Sumo Logic for your organization. If you're new to Sumo Logic, check out the Sumo Logic Overview.

What you'll learn:

  • Get your data into Sumo
  • Search and analyze your data
  • Monitor and troubleshoot your environment
  • Share your findings with your team


You'll need a Sumo Logic account. Sign up for a free trial here.

Step 1: Get your data into Sumo

The journey of 10,000 logs begins with a single collector. Your data analytics journey starts by sending your data to Sumo.

Set up Collector


OpenTelemetry is our preferred collector unless you're configuring security data ingestion.

OpenTelemetry Collector

  1. Log in to Sumo Logic.
  2. In the main Sumo Logic menu, select App Catalog.
  3. Click the app you'd like to install.
  4. Click the Add a New Collector option during app installation.

    Only V2 apps have the Add a New Collector option.

  5. After you've installed the collector, you'll be prompted with instructions to set up the source.

Installed and Hosted Collector

  1. Log in to Sumo Logic.
  2. In the main Sumo Logic menu, select Manage Data > Collection > Collection.
  3. Select Add Collector.
  4. Choose from our Hosted Collector (web-hosted) or Installed Collector (locally installed on your machine).

Set up Source

In this step, you'll choose the data sources that will provide the most value for you.

OpenTelemetry Collector

See Sumo Logic OpenTelemetry Collector.

Installed and Hosted Collector

  1. Find your Collector in the Collection page table and select Add > Add Source.
  2. Follow the prompts to set up your desired Source. For more information on configuring specific sources, see Installed Collector Sources and Configure a Hosted Collector Source.

Step 2: Search and analyze your data

Once your data is available in Sumo, you and your colleagues can search your logs and metrics to identify unusual conditions or errors that could indicate a problem. You do this by creating queries and parsing the resulting messages.

You can start a log search, metrics search, or live tail from the Sumo Home page by clicking the respective icon. For walkthrough instructions on how to create a query and parse the messages, see About Search Basics.

Step 3: Monitor and troubleshoot your environment

Not sure how to use your data to monitor and and troubleshoot your environment? Sumo Logic offers a variety of Apps with predefined queries and visualizations that help you get up and running quickly.

App Catalog

You can browse our library of available apps by selecting App Catalog, then scrolling through the library or entering a name in the search field. For more information, see Apps and Integrations.

Apps Catalog


You can view your data with predefined searches and dashboards that facilitate monitoring and troubleshooting. For more information, see Get Started with Metrics.

View Dashboards

Step 4: Share your findings with your team

You have downloaded an app and analyzed your data with searches and dashboards. You may even have modified your dashboards, and now you want to share your findings with your team. You can easily share a dashboard by clicking the share icon in the top menu bar.

Share Dashboard

You have the ability to share with individual users and groups with specific roles, setting the specific access permissions. You can edit the sharing permissions at any time, and share and revoke permissions as needed. For more information, see Content Sharing in Sumo Logic.

Have fun with Sumo Logic

Learning and mastering Sumo skills is important, but so is having fun. Enjoy the Sumo journey. The journey is its own reward when you empower others along the way.

Training and Certification

Knowledge is power, and Sumo Logic provides tools for you to empower yourself. Within Sumo Logic, you have easy access to training, help, and a community of other Sumo Logic users. Learn more.

From the Sumo Logic Home page, click the Learn tab to access:

  • Quickstart videos
  • Getting Started tutorials
  • Sumo docs, support, community, and training
Learn tab

Don't just learn it - master it! Get recognized as a Sumo Logic expert by completing the courses in the Sumo Logic Certification Program. We’re happy to help you get certified right from the product.

More Resources

Need help?

See more quickstart tutorials in the Sumo Logic Training Portal.

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