A tool to get notified on error messages in the systemd journal

systemd, journal, journald, logwatch, logcheck
pip install journalwatch==1.1.0



journalwatch is a tool which can find error messages in the systemd journal.

It is similiar to tools like logwatch or logcheck except it’s much more KISS and only works with the systemd journal. It works by defining patterns to match all log lines which are not interesting, and then prints all log lines not matching those patterns (or sends them by mail).

When you start it the first time, it’ll write the default pattern and config to $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/.config/journalwatch ($XDG_CONFIG_HOME is your home if unset). Details on how to configure journalwatch are available in these files.


  • Python 3 (tested with 3.3 and 3.4, should work with >= 3.2)

  • systemd python module

  • A working sendmail/MTA (msmtp is easy to set up)


journalwatch is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

journalwatch is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with journalwatch. If not, see