System process datasetedit

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This is the process dataset of the system module.

It is implemented for Linux, macOS (Darwin), and Windows.


For a description of each field in the dataset, see the exported fields section.

Here is an example document generated by this dataset:

    "@timestamp": "2017-10-12T08:05:34.853Z",
    "agent": {
        "hostname": "",
        "name": ""
    "event": {
        "action": "existing_process",
        "dataset": "process",
        "id": "5795d53b-f7c2-463c-9c04-f316ae876d51",
        "module": "system",
        "kind": "state"
    "message": "Process zsh (PID: 2363) is RUNNING",
    "process": {
        "args": [
        "executable": "/bin/zsh",
        "name": "zsh",
        "pid": 2363,
        "ppid": 2362,
        "start": "2018-12-10T16:36:25.21Z",
        "working_directory": "/home/elastic"
    "service": {
        "type": "system"