Lightweight Shipper for Logs

Forget using SSH when you have tens, hundreds, or even thousands of servers, virtual machines, and containers generating logs. Filebeat helps you keep the simple things simple by offering a lightweight way to forward and centralize logs and files.

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It's Robust and Doesn't Miss a Beat

In any environment, application downtime is always lurking on the edges. Filebeat reads and forwards log lines and — if interrupted — remembers the location of where it left off when everything is back online.

Filebeat Keeps the Simple Things Simple

Filebeat comes with internal modules (auditd, Apache, NGINX, System, MySQL, and more) that simplify the collection, parsing, and visualization of common log formats down to a single command. They achieve this by combining automatic default paths based on your operating system, with Elasticsearch Ingest Node pipeline definitions, and with Kibana dashboards.

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It’s Container-Ready

Moving everything inside Docker? Container monitoring with the Elastic Stack is simple so you don’t skip a beat. Deploy Filebeat in a separate container on the same host and collect logs from every container running on that host. Mount the shared volume so Filebeat can soak up all the logs. Or use the Docker JSON driver and Filebeat’s Docker prospector to gather your containers’ logs. Want to keep simplifying? Autodiscovery for Docker lets you specify a condition to turn on Filebeat modules or even collect logs from a specific directory.

It Won't Let You Overload Your Pipeline

Filebeat uses a backpressure-sensitive protocol when sending data to Logstash or Elasticsearch to account for higher volumes of data. If Logstash is busy crunching data, it lets Filebeat know to slow down its read. Once the congestion is resolved, Filebeat will build back up to its original pace and keep on shippin'.

Ship to Elasticsearch or Logstash. Visualize in Kibana.

Filebeat is part of the Elastic Stack, meaning it works seamlessly with Logstash, Elasticsearch, and Kibana. Whether you want to transform or enrich your logs and files with Logstash, fiddle with some analytics in Elasticsearch, or build and share dashboards in Kibana, Filebeat makes it easy to ship your data to where it matters most.

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