Configure Filebeat to use X-Pack security

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

  1. Grant users access to secured resources.

    You can use role-based access control to grant Filebeat users access to secured resources.

  2. Configure authentication credentials.

    To interact with a secured cluster, Filebeat must either provide basic authentication credentials or present a client certificate.

  3. Configure Filebeat to use encrypted connections.

    If encryption is enabled on the cluster, you need to enable HTTPS in the Filebeat configuration.

  4. Set the password for the built-in monitoring user.

    Filebeat uses the beats_system user to send monitoring data to Elasticsearch. If you plan to monitor Filebeat in Kibana and have not yet set up the password, set it up now.

For more information about X-Pack security, see Securing the Elastic Stack.