System login datasetedit

This functionality is in beta and is subject to change. The design and code is less mature than official GA features and is being provided as-is with no warranties. Beta features are not subject to the support SLA of official GA features.

This is the login dataset of the system module.


The login dataset is implemented for Linux only.

On Linux, the dataset reads the utmp files that keep track of logins and logouts to the system. They are usually located at /var/log/wtmp (successful logins) and /var/log/btmp (failed logins).

The file patterns used to locate the files can be configured using login.wtmp_file_pattern and login.btmp_file_pattern. By default, both the current files and any rotated files (e.g. wtmp.1, wtmp.2) are read.

utmp files are binary, but you can display their contents using the utmpdump utility.

Example dashboardedit

The dataset comes with a sample dashboard:

Auditbeat System Login Dashboard


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",
    "event": {
        "action": "user_login",
        "category": "authentication",
        "dataset": "login",
        "kind": "event",
        "module": "system",
        "origin": "/var/log/wtmp",
        "outcome": "success",
        "type": "authentication_success"
    "message": "Login by user vagrant (UID: 1000) on pts/2 (PID: 14962) from (IP:",
    "process": {
        "pid": 14962
    "service": {
        "type": "system"
    "source": {
        "ip": ""
    "user": {
        "id": 1000,
        "name": "vagrant",
        "terminal": "pts/2"