Logstash Installation, Configuration and Start


Download latest version of Logstash from below link and use command to unTar and installation in Linux server or if window just unzip downloaded file.

Download Link : https://www.elastic.co/downloads/logstash

tar -zxvf logstash-5.4.0.tar.gz

It will show below file and directory structure.

drwxr-xr-x 2 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 facingissuesonit Saurabh 111569 Mar 22 23:49 CHANGELOG.md
drwxr-xr-x 2 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 config
-rw-r--r-- 1 facingissuesonit Saurabh   2249 Mar 22 23:49 CONTRIBUTORS
drwxr-xr-x 3 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 12:07 data
-rw-r--r-- 1 facingissuesonit Saurabh   3945 Mar 22 23:55 Gemfile
-rw-r--r-- 1 facingissuesonit Saurabh  21544 Mar 22 23:49 Gemfile.jruby-1.9.lock
drwxr-xr-x 5 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 lib
-rw-r--r-- 1 facingissuesonit Saurabh    589 Mar 22 23:49 LICENSE
drwxr-xr-x 2 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 May 21 00:00 logs
drwxr-xr-x 4 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 logstash-core
drwxr-xr-x 3 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 logstash-core-event-java
drwxr-xr-x 3 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 logstash-core-plugin-api
drwxr-xr-x 3 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 logstash-core-queue-jruby
-rw-r--r-- 1 facingissuesonit Saurabh  28114 Mar 22 23:56 NOTICE.TXT
drwxr-xr-x 4 facingissuesonit Saurabh   4096 Apr 20 11:27 vendor

Before going to start Logstash need to create configuration file for taking input from different input sources like file, csv, jdbc, json, kafka, filebeat etc.  and parse these data in respected fields and send it to output like elasticsearch, file, kafka etc.

Logstash Configuration file will follow below syntax  as i have created file logstash-app1.conf in logstash bin directory . Please follow Logstash Tutorial for more Input, Filter and Output plugin Examples.

/bin/logstash-app1.conf

input {
     kafka {
            ....
          }
    jdbc {
            ....
          }
}
filter
{
//parse log line or data...
      grok
	{
	....
	}
}
output {
    #Output result sent to elasticsearch
    elasticsearch {
       ....
  	}
     #Sysout to console
     stdout
       {
         codec => rubydebug
       }
}

To test your configuration file you can use below command.


./logstash -t -f logstash-app1.conf

If  we get result OK means no any syntax, compile time issue with configuation file from above command.Now run below to start reading and parsing data from different sources.


./logstash -f logstash-app1.conf

To run logstash in background follow command as so that when close your console your Logstash process will keep running.


screen -d -m ./logstash -f logstash-app1.conf

Summary

In above detail cover about below points:

  • How to Install Logstash on Linux Environment.
  • Configuration file Syntax and validation.
  • Start Logstash for configuration file.
  • Start Logstash on background for configuration file.

Read More

To read more on Logstash Configuration,Input Plugins, Filter Plugins, Output Plugins, Logstash Customization and related issues follow Logstash Tutorial and Logstash Issues.

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About Saurabh Gupta

My Name is Saurabh Gupta, I have approx. 10 Year of experience in Information Technology World manly in Java/J2EE. During this time I have worked with multiple organization with different client, so many technology, frameworks etc.
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