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The loki.relabel component rewrites the label set of each log entry passed to its receiver by applying one or more relabeling rules and forwards the results to the list of receivers in the component’s arguments.

If no labels remain after the relabeling rules are applied, then the log entries are dropped.

The most common use of loki.relabel is to filter log entries or standardize the label set that is passed to one or more downstream receivers. The rule blocks are applied to the label set of each log entry in order of their appearance in the configuration file. The configured rules can be retrieved by calling the function in the rules export field.

If you’re looking for a way to process the log entry contents, take a look at the loki.process component instead.

Multiple loki.relabel components can be specified by giving them different labels.


loki.relabel "LABEL" {
  forward_to = RECEIVER_LIST

  rule {



The following arguments are supported:

forward_tolist(receiver)Where to forward log entries after relabeling.yes
max_cache_sizeintThe maximum number of elements to hold in the relabeling cache10,000no


The following blocks are supported inside the definition of loki.relabel:

ruleruleRelabeling rules to apply to received log

rule block

The rule block contains the definition of any relabeling rules that can be applied to an input metric. If more than one rule block is defined, the transformations are applied in top-down order.

The following arguments can be used to configure a rule. All arguments are optional. Omitted fields take their default values.

source_labelslist(string)The list of labels whose values are to be selected. Their content is concatenated using the separator and matched against
separatorstringThe separator used to concatenate the values present in source_labels.;no
regexstringA valid RE2 expression with support for parenthesized capture groups. Used to match the extracted value from the combination of the source_label and separator fields or filter labels during the labelkeep/labeldrop/labelmap actions.(.*)no
modulusuintA positive integer used to calculate the modulus of the hashed source label
target_labelstringLabel to which the resulting value will be written
replacementstringThe value against which a regex replace is performed, if the regex matches the extracted value. Supports previously captured groups.$1no
actionstringThe relabeling action to perform.replaceno

Here’s a list of the available actions, along with a brief description of their usage.

  • replace - Matches regex to the concatenated labels. If there’s a match, it replaces the content of the target_label using the contents of the replacement field.
  • keep - Keeps metrics where regex matches the string extracted using the source_labels and separator.
  • drop - Drops metrics where regex matches the string extracted using the source_labels and separator.
  • hashmod - Hashes the concatenated labels, calculates its modulo modulus and writes the result to the target_label.
  • labelmap - Matches regex against all label names. Any labels that match are renamed according to the contents of the replacement field.
  • labeldrop - Matches regex against all label names. Any labels that match are removed from the metric’s label set.
  • labelkeep - Matches regex against all label names. Any labels that don’t match are removed from the metric’s label set.

Finally, note that the regex capture groups can be referred to using either the $CAPTURE_GROUP_NUMBER or ${CAPTURE_GROUP_NUMBER} notation.

Exported fields

The following fields are exported and can be referenced by other components:

receiverreceiverThe input receiver where log lines are sent to be relabeled.
rulesRelabelRulesThe currently configured relabeling rules.

Component health

loki.relabel is only reported as unhealthy if given an invalid configuration. In those cases, exported fields are kept at their last healthy values.

Debug information

loki.relabel does not expose any component-specific debug information.

Debug metrics

  • loki_relabel_entries_processed (counter): Total number of log entries processed.
  • loki_relabel_entries_written (counter): Total number of log entries forwarded.
  • loki_relabel_cache_misses (counter): Total number of cache misses.
  • loki_relabel_cache_hits (counter): Total number of cache hits.
  • loki_relabel_cache_size (gauge): Total size of relabel cache.


The following example creates a loki.relabel component that only forwards entries whose ’level’ value is set to ’error'.

loki.relabel "keep_error_only" {
  forward_to = [loki.write.onprem.receiver]

  rule {
    action        = "keep"
    source_labels = ["level"]
    regex         = "error"