Apex Logs is a self-hosted product which is installed to your Google Cloud account, allowing you to take full advantage of the security, privacy, and free tier provided by Google. Each installation provides a unique URL for the log user interface and API for ingesting and searching events.

If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create a Google Cloud account, install the gcloud command-line tool, and sign-in with the following command:

$ gcloud auth login

After you have gcloud installed you’re ready to move on and install the logs command-line tool used to manage your Apex Logs instance.