GCP Pub/Sub inputedit

Use the gcp-pubsub input to read messages from a Google Cloud Pub/Sub topic subscription.

This input can, for example, be used to receive Stackdriver logs that have been exported to a Google Cloud Pub/Sub topic.

Multiple Filebeat instances can be configured to read from the same subscription to achieve high-availability or increased throughput.

Example configuration:

- type: gcp-pubsub
  project_id: my-gcp-project-id
  topic: vpc-firewall-logs-topic
  subscription.name: filebeat-vpc-firewall-logs-sub
  credentials_file: ${path.config}/my-pubsub-subscriber-credentials.json

Configuration optionsedit

The gcp-pubsub input supports the following configuration options plus the Common options described later.


Google Cloud project ID. Required.


Google Cloud Pub/Sub topic name. Required.


Name of the subscription to read from. Required.


Boolean value that configures the input to create the subscription if it does not exist. The default value is true.


Number of goroutines to create to read from the subscription. This does not limit the number of messages that can be processed concurrently or the maximum number of goroutines the input will create. Even with one goroutine, many messages might be processed at once, because that goroutine may continually receive messages. To limit the number of messages being processed concurrently, set subscription.max_outstanding_messages. Default is 1.


The maximum number of unprocessed messages (unacknowledged but not yet expired). If the value is negative, then there will be no limit on the number of unprocessed messages. Default is 1000.


Path to a JSON file containing the credentials and key used to subscribe. As an alternative you can use the credentials_json config option or rely on Google Application Default Credentials (ADC).


JSON blob containing the credentials and key used to subscribe. This can be as an alternative to credentials_file if you want to embed the credential data within your config file or put the information into a keystore. You may also use Google Application Default Credentials (ADC).

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: gcp-pubsub
  . . .
  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: gcp-pubsub
  . . .
    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 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.