Unix inputedit

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.

Use the unix input to read events over a stream-oriented Unix domain socket.

Example configuration:

- type: unix
  max_message_size: 10MiB
  path: "/var/run/filebeat.sock"

Configuration optionsedit

The unix input supports the following configuration options plus the Common options described later.


The maximum size of the message received over the socket. The default is 20MiB.


The path to the Unix socket that will receive events.


The type to of the Unix socket that will receive events. Valid values are stream and datagram. The default is stream.


The group ownership of the Unix socket that will be created by Filebeat. The default is the primary group name for the user Filebeat is running as. This option is ignored on Windows.


The file mode of the Unix socket that will be created by Filebeat. This is expected to be a file mode as an octal string. The default value is the system default (generally 0755).


Specify the framing used to split incoming events. Can be one of delimiter or rfc6587. delimiter uses the characters specified in line_delimiter to split the incoming events. rfc6587 supports octet counting and non-transparent framing as described in RFC6587. line_delimiter is used to split the events in non-transparent framing. The default is delimiter.


Specify the characters used to split the incoming events. The default is \n.


The at most number of connections to accept at any given point in time.


The number of seconds of inactivity before a connection is closed. The default is 300s.

See SSL for more information.

Common optionsedit

The following configuration options are supported by all inputs.


Use the enabled option to enable and disable inputs. By default, enabled is set to true.


A list of tags that Filebeat includes in the tags field of each published event. Tags make it easy to select specific events in Kibana or apply conditional filtering in Logstash. These tags will be appended to the list of tags specified in the general configuration.


- type: unix
  . . .
  tags: ["json"]

Optional fields that you can specify to add additional information to the output. For example, you might add fields that you can use for filtering log data. Fields can be scalar values, arrays, dictionaries, or any nested combination of these. By default, the fields that you specify here will be grouped under a fields sub-dictionary in the output document. To store the custom fields as top-level fields, set the fields_under_root option to true. If a duplicate field is declared in the general configuration, then its value will be overwritten by the value declared here.

- type: unix
  . . .
    app_id: query_engine_12

If this option is set to true, the custom fields are stored as top-level fields in the output document instead of being grouped under a fields sub-dictionary. If the custom field names conflict with other field names added by Filebeat, then the custom fields overwrite the other fields.


A list of processors to apply to the input data.

See Processors for information about specifying processors in your config.


The Ingest Node pipeline ID to set for the events generated by this input.

The pipeline ID can also be configured in the Elasticsearch output, but this option usually results in simpler configuration files. If the pipeline is configured both in the input and output, the option from the input is used.


If this option is set to true, fields with null values will be published in the output document. By default, keep_null is set to false.


If present, this formatted string overrides the index for events from this input (for elasticsearch outputs), or sets the raw_index field of the event’s metadata (for other outputs). This string can only refer to the agent name and version and the event timestamp; for access to dynamic fields, use output.elasticsearch.index or a processor.

Example value: "%{[agent.name]}-myindex-%{+yyyy.MM.dd}" might expand to "filebeat-myindex-2019.11.01".


By default, all events contain host.name. This option can be set to true to disable the addition of this field to all events. The default value is false.