Filebeat, Kafka Output Configuration

If need  to shipped server logs lines  directly to Kafka. Follow below steps:

Pre-Requisite :

  • Start Kafka  before start filebeat to listen publish events and configure filebeat with same kafka server port

Kafka Output  Required Configuration :

  • Comment out output.elasticsearch output section and uncomment output.kafka section
  • Set enabled value is true to make kafka output as enabled
  • Set host  of server where Kafka is running for listening  by default port for Kafka is 9092 if any change use same port value.
 #configure topic as per your application need

Kafka Credentials Settings: Set below credentials if any for Kafka broker.


Other Optional Configurations:

Kafka Output Compression Configuration:

Default value for compression is gzip. We can also set other compression codec like snappy, gzip or none.


Logstash Output Performance Configuration:

worker:  we can configure number of worker for each host publishing events to elasticsearch which will do load balancing.

Kafka Broker Topic Partition Configuration:

key: Default no key setting. But we can use formatted key settings.

partition.hash: Default partition strategy is ‘hash’ using key values set. If not set key value will randomly distribute publish events.

reachable_only: Default value  is false. If reach_only enabled event will publish only reachable kafka brokers.

hash: [] Default value is empty list. Configure alternative event field names used to compute the hash value. If empty output.kafka.key setting will be used.

version: Kafka Broker version to configure so that filebeat can check compatibility with that.

Meta Data Configuration: Meta data information is required for broker event publishing so that filebeat can take  #decision based on status of brokers.


retry.max: Defaults value for max 3 retries selection of available brokers.

retry.backoff: Default value is 250ms. Will wait for specified time before make next retries.
refresh_frequency: Will update meta data information  in every 10 minutes.

max_retries: Default value is 3. If set less than 0 filebeat will retry continuously as logs as events not publish.

bulk_max_size: The Default value is 2048.It shows max number of batch events will publish to Kafka in one request.

Kafka Reliability Setting:

#Default Value is 1 for ACK for reliability. Possible values can be :

#0=no response , Message can be lost on some error happens

#1=wait for local commit

#-1=wait for all replicas to commit.
required_acks: 1
timeout: The default value is 30 second. It will timeout if not hear any response from Kafka broker with in specified time.
broker_timeout: Default is value is 10 seconds. During this max duration broker will wait for number #of required acknowledgement.
channel_buffer_size: Default value is 256 for buffered message for Kafka broker.
keep_alive: Default value is 0 seconds  as keep alive is disabled and if this value set will keep alive active network connection for that time.
max_message_bytes: Default value is 1000000 bytes . If Json value is more than configured max message bytes event will dropped.

flush_interval: Waiting Interval between new events and previous events for read logs.

client_id: Default value is beat. We can set values for this field that will help for analysis and auditing purpose.

Sample configuration file

Sample filebeat.yml file for Kafka Output Configuration


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