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Configure UDP input options

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By default, Kiwi Syslog Server listens for UDP messages on port 514. You can configure UDP input options to change the port, bind to a specific interface, or specify a data encoding format.

  1. Choose File > Setup to open the Kiwi Syslog Server Setup dialog box.
  2. Expand the Inputs node.
  3. Click UDP.
  4. Specify the following options:

    Listen for UDP messages

    This option is selected by default to enable Kiwi Syslog Server to receive UDP messages.

    UDP Port

    The default port for UDP Syslog messages is 514. If you want to listen on a different port for UDP messages, you can enter any port value from 1 to 65535. If you change the port from 514, the device sending the syslog message must also be able to support the alternate port number.

    Kiwi Syslog Server can listen for messages on only one UDP port.

    Bind to address

    By default, the UDP socket will listen for messages on all connected interfaces. If you want to limit the binding to a single specific interface, you can specify the IP address in the Bind to address field. Otherwise, leave this field blank. (If the Bind to address field is left blank, it will listen on all interfaces. This is the best option in most cases.)

    For example, if you have two non-routed interfaces on the computer, and, then you can choose to bind to only the interface. This will ignore any syslog messages sent to the other interface.

    Data encoding

    If you are receiving messages from systems that use different data encoding formats, you can specify the decoding method to apply to the incoming data. The default is to use the System code page.

    Select a commonly used encoding format from the drop-down menu. Or, to select a different encoding, choose "Other-->" and then enter the code page number into the field on the right.

    The various code pages available on most Windows systems can be found on the Microsoft website. Here are some common code page numbers that can be used.


    Code Page





    System Code Page







    Unicode Transformation






    Japanese Extended Unix Code



    Traditional Chinese



    Simplified Chinese

    If the number you specify is not a valid Code Page on your system, the incoming data will not be decoded correctly and will be dropped. If in doubt, use UTF-8 encoding (65001) as it will handle all Unicode characters.

  5. Click Apply to save your changes.
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