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Beats

Lightweight data shippers

Beats is a free and open platform for single-purpose data shippers. They send data from hundreds or thousands of machines and systems to Logstash or Elasticsearch.

The Beats family

All kinds of shippers for all kinds of data.

  • Filebeat

    Lightweight shipper for logs and other data

  • Metricbeat

    Lightweight shipper for metric data

  • Packetbeat

    Lightweight shipper for network data

  • Winlogbeat

    Lightweight shipper for Windows event logs

  • Auditbeat

    Lightweight shipper for audit data

  • Heartbeat

    Lightweight shipper for uptime monitoring

  • Functionbeat

    Serverless shipper for cloud data

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Lightweight

Ship from the source. Plain and simple.

Beats are great for gathering data. They sit on your servers, with your containers, or deploy as functions — and then centralize data in Elasticsearch. Beats ship data that conforms with Elastic Common Schema (ECS), and if you want more processing muscle, they can forward to Logstash for transformation and parsing.

Plug & play

Accelerate the data-to-visualize experience with modules

Filebeat and Metricbeat include modules that simplify collecting, parsing, and visualizing information from key data sources such as cloud platforms, containers and systems, and network technologies. Run a single command and explore away.

Insight into Environments

Track data lineage

Beats gather the logs and metrics from your unique environments and document them with essential metadata from hosts, container platforms like Docker and Kubernetes, and cloud providers before shipping them to the Elastic Stack. From container monitoring to shipping data from serverless architectures, we make sure you have the context you need.

Extensible

Missing a Beat? Don’t. Build your own & share it.

The cornerstone of every open source Beat is libbeat, the common library for forwarding data. Have a specialized protocol you need to monitor? Build it. We provide you the building blocks you need. And our list of community Beats keeps growing.

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Hosted Elasticsearch

Beats also ship to Elastic Cloud

Running hosted Elasticsearch? These lightweight shippers are also a great way to send data to Elastic Cloud.

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