Enroll Beats in central managementedit

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.

You need to enroll Beats to register them in central management and establish trust. Enrolled Beats will have the credentials needed to retrieve configurations from Kibana.

During the enrollment process:

  1. The Beat contacts Kibana and tries to register
  2. Kibana registers the Beat instance and returns an access token for configuration polling
  3. The enroll command creates a backup of your configuration and then overwrites the current settings so they can be managed centrally

To enroll Beats, use either token-based or username and password-based enrollment.


  • Verify that your Elastic license includes the Beats central management feature.

    Don’t have a license? You can start a 30-day trial. At the end of the trial period, you can purchase a subscription to keep using central management. For more information, see https://www.elastic.co/subscriptions and License Management.

  • Enable security in Kibana to ensure that only users with sufficient privileges are able to access Beats configurations.
  • Assign the beats_admin role to any users who need to enroll Beats or manage configuration settings in central management.
  • If you plan to use the sample Kibana dashboards provided with Filebeat, load the dashboards before enrolling the Beat.
  • If you plan to define module configurations in central management, set up the ingest pipelines before enrolling the Beat. For more information, see Load ingest pipelines manually.

Token-based enrollmentedit

Token-based enrollment is recommended if you are enrolling Beats manually.

To use token-based enrollment, go to Kibana → Management → Beats and click Enroll Beat. Select the Beat type and operating system, then copy and run the command for enrolling the Beat.

The command has this format:

filebeat enroll KIBANA_URL TOKEN
The URL of the Kibana instance you will use for central management.
The enrollment token generated by the Central Management UI. The enrollment token will expire as soon as it’s used.

Repeat this process to enroll additional Beats.

Username and password-based enrollmentedit

You can also enroll by specifying a username and password. This is the recommended way for scripted deploys:

filebeat enroll KIBANA_URL --username USER --password METHOD [--force]
--username USER
The username to use for password-based enrollment. The default username is elastic.
--password METHOD

The method to use for getting the password. Available options are:

  • env:VAR_NAME gets the password from the environment variable VAR_NAME
  • stdin prompts the user for a password. This is the default.
Overwrites the current settings without asking for confirmation.