Filebeat and X-Pack Security

If you want Filebeat to connect to a cluster that has X-Pack Security enabled, there are extra configuration steps.

To send data to a secured cluster through the elasticsearch output, Filebeat needs to authenticate as a user who can manage index templates, monitor the cluster, create indices, and read, and write to the indices it creates. See Configuring Authentication Credentials for Filebeat.

If encryption is enabled on the cluster, you also need to enable HTTPS in the Filebeat configuration. See Configuring Filebeat to use Encrypted Connections.

In addition to configuring authentication credentials for the Filebeat itself, you need to grant authorized users permission to access the indices it creates. See Granting Users Access to Filebeat Indices.

For more information about X-Pack Security, see Securing Elasticsearch and Kibana.