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Set up a GEL cluster

Set up a Grafana Enterprise Logs cluster

Grafana Enterprise Logs (GEL) is available as a pre-compiled binary, a Docker image, as well as via common OS-specific packaging. For a list of available download options, refer to the downloads page.

Note: You can use Grafana Cloud to avoid installing, maintaining, and scaling your own instance of GEL. The free forever plan includes 50GB of free logs. Create an account to get started.

Get a GEL license

A valid Grafana Enterprise Logs license token is required to run GEL’s many added features. Without a valid license token, not all of GEL’s added features will run. However, GEL will still run with all of the functionality of an open-source Loki binary.

If you already have a license for GEL, download it:

  1. From https://grafana.com, select Login.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Licenses to download the license token.

If you do not yet have a license token to run GEL, contact a Grafana Labs representative.

Choose a name for your GEL cluster

GEL licenses are issued on a per-cluster basis. Each cluster of GEL that you plan to deploy requires a unique license. When we issue a GEL license, we must have a unique cluster name with which to associate the license.

A cluster name must meet the following criteria:

  • is 3 to 63 characters long
  • contains lowercase letters, numbers, underscores (_), or hyphens (-)
  • begins with a letter or number
  • ends with a letter or number

Deploy your GEL cluster

After you have a Grafana GEL license with an associated cluster name, choose a deployment method to deploy your GEL cluster: