Setting up and running APM Serveredit

In a production environment, you would put APM Server on its own machines, similar to how you run Elasticsearch. You can run it on the same machines as Elasticsearch, but this is not recommended, as the processes will be competing for resources.

To start APM Server, run:

./apm-server -e

You should see APM Server start up. It will try to connect to Elasticsearch on localhost port 9200 and expose an API to agents on port 8200. You can change the defaults by supplying a different address on the command line:

./apm-server -e -E output.elasticsearch.hosts=ElasticsearchAddress:9200 -E apm-server.host=localhost:8200

Debian Package / RPMedit

The Debian package and RPM installations of APM Server create an apm-server user. To start the APM Server in this case, run:

sudo -u apm-server apm-server [<argument...>]

By default, APM Server loads its configuration file from /etc/apm-server/apm-server.yml. See the deb & rpm default paths for a full directory layout.