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Elasticsearch Ingest Node Vs Logstash Vs Filebeat

Elasticsearch Ingest Node

Ingest node use to pre-process documents before the actual document indexing
happens. The ingest node intercepts bulk and index requests, it applies transformations, and it then passes the documents back to the index or bulk APIs.


Logstash is a server-side data processing pipeline that ingests data from multiple sources simultaneously, transforms it, and then sends it to different output sources like Elasticsearch, Kafka Queues, Databases etc.


Filebeat is lightweight log shipper which reads logs from thousands of logs files and forward those log lines to centralize system like Kafka topics to further processing on Logstash, directly to Logstash or Elasticsearch search.

There is overlap in functionality between Elasticsearch Ingest Node , Logstash and Filebeat.All have there weakness and strength based on architectures and area of uses. You cam also integrate all of these Filebeat, Logstash and Elasticsearch Ingest node by minor configuration to optimize performance and analyzing of data.

Below are some key points to compare Elasticsearch Ingest Node , Logstash and Filebeat.

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Know More

To know more about Elasticsearch Ingest Node, Logstash or Filebeat follow below links:


Integrate Filebeat with Kafka

Kafka can consume messages published by Filebeat based on configuration  filebeat.yml file for Kafka Output.

Filebeat Kafka Output Configuration

Filebeat.yml  required below fields to connect and publish message to Kafka for configured topic. Kafka will create Topics dynamically based on filebeat requirement.

#The list of Kafka broker addresses from where to fetch the cluster metadata.
#The cluster metadata contain the actual Kafka brokers events are published to.
hosts: <strong>["localhost:9092"]</strong>

# The Kafka topic used for produced events. The setting can be a format string
topic: <strong>Topic-Name</strong>

# Authentication details. Password is required if username is set.
#username: ''
#password: ''

For more information about filebeat Kafka Output  configuration option refers below Links.

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