s3 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 s3 input to retrieve logs from S3 objects that are pointed by messages from specific SQS queues. This input can, for example, be used to receive S3 server access logs to monitor detailed records for the requests that are made to a bucket.

When processing a s3 object which pointed by a sqs message, if half of the set visibility timeout passed and the processing is still ongoing, then the visibility timeout of that sqs message will be reset to make sure the message does not go back to the queue in the middle of the processing. If there are errors happening during the processing of the s3 object, then the process will be stopped and the sqs message will be returned back to the queue.

- type: s3
  queue_url: https://sqs.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/1234/test-s3-queue
  credential_profile_name: elastic-beats
  expand_event_list_from_field: Records

The s3 input supports the following configuration options plus the Common options described later.


URL of the AWS SQS queue that messages will be received from. Required.


The duration that the received messages are hidden from subsequent retrieve requests after being retrieved by a ReceiveMessage request. This value needs to be a lot bigger than Filebeat collection frequency so if it took too long to read the s3 log, this sqs message will not be reprocessed. The default visibility timeout for a message is 300 seconds. The minimum is 0 seconds. The maximum is 12 hours.


If the fileset using this input expects to receive multiple messages bundled under a specific field then the config option expand_event_list_from_field value can be assigned the name of the field. This setting will be able to split the messages under the group value into separate events. For example, CloudTrail logs are in JSON format and events are found under the JSON object "Records".

Note: When expand_event_list_from_field parameter is given in the config, s3 input will assume the logs are in JSON format and decode them as JSON. Content type will not be checked. If a file has "application/json" content-type, expand_event_list_from_field becomes required to read the json file.


The maximum duration of AWS API can take. If it exceeds the timeout, AWS API will be interrupted. The default AWS API timeout for a message is 120 seconds. The minimum is 0 seconds. The maximum is half of the visibility timeout value.

    "Records": [
            "eventVersion": "1.07",
            "eventTime": "2019-11-14T00:51:00Z",
            "awsRegion": "us-east-1",
            "eventID": "EXAMPLE8-9621-4d00-b913-beca2EXAMPLE",
            "eventVersion": "1.07",
            "eventTime": "2019-11-14T00:52:00Z",
            "awsRegion": "us-east-1",
            "eventID": "EXAMPLEc-28be-486c-8928-49ce6EXAMPLE",

aws credentialsedit

In order to make AWS API calls, s3 input requires AWS credentials.Please see AWS credentials options for more details.

AWS Permissionsedit

Specific AWS permissions are required for IAM user to access SQS and S3:


S3 and SQS setupedit

Enable bucket notification: any new object creation in S3 bucket will also create a notification through SQS. Please see create-sqs-queue-for-notification for more details.

Parallel Processingedit

Multiple Filebeat instances can read from the same SQS queues at the same time. To horizontally scale processing when there are large amounts of log data flowing into an S3 bucket, you can run multiple Filebeat instances that read from the same SQS queues at the same time. No additional configuration is required.

Using SQS ensures that each message in the queue is processed only once even when multiple Filebeat instances are running in parallel. To prevent Filebeat from receiving and processing the message more than once, set the visibility timeout.

The visibility timeout begins when SQS returns a message to Filebeat. During this time, Filebeat processes and deletes the message. However, if Filebeat fails before deleting the message and your system doesn’t call the DeleteMessage action for that message before the visibility timeout expires, the message becomes visible to other Filebeat instances, and the message is received again. By default, the visibility timeout is set to 5 minutes for s3 input in Filebeat. 5 minutes is sufficient time for Filebeat to read SQS messages and process related s3 log files.

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: s3
  . . .
  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: s3
  . . .
    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.

AWS Credentials Configurationedit

To configure AWS credentials, either put the credentials into the Filebeat configuration, or use a shared credentials file, as shown in the following examples.

Configuration parametersedit

  • access_key_id: first part of access key.
  • secret_access_key: second part of access key.
  • session_token: required when using temporary security credentials.
  • credential_profile_name: profile name in shared credentials file.
  • shared_credential_file: directory of the shared credentials file.
  • endpoint: URL of the entry point for an AWS web service.
  • role_arn: AWS IAM Role to assume.

Supported Formatsedit

  • Use access_key_id, secret_access_key and/or session_token

Users can either put the credentials into metricbeat module configuration or use environment variable AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY and/or AWS_SESSION_TOKEN instead.

  • Use role_arn

If access_key_id and secret_access_key are not given, then filebeat will check for role_arn. role_arn is used to specify which AWS IAM role to assume for generating temporary credentials.

  • Use credential_profile_name and/or shared_credential_file

If access_key_id, secret_access_key and role_arn are all not given, then filebeat will check for credential_profile_name. If you use different credentials for different tools or applications, you can use profiles to configure multiple access keys in the same configuration file. If there is no credential_profile_name given, the default profile will be used.

shared_credential_file is optional to specify the directory of your shared credentials file. If it’s empty, the default directory will be used. In Windows, shared credentials file is at C:\Users\<yourUserName>\.aws\credentials. For Linux, macOS or Unix, the file is located at ~/.aws/credentials. When running as a service, the home path depends on the user that manages the service, so the shared_credential_file parameter can be used to avoid ambiguity. Please see Create Shared Credentials File for more details.

  • Use AWS credentials in Filebeat configuration

    - type: s3
      queue_url: https://sqs.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/123/test-queue
      access_key_id: '<access_key_id>'
      secret_access_key: '<secret_access_key>'
      session_token: '<session_token>'


    - type: s3
      queue_url: https://sqs.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/123/test-queue
      access_key_id: '${AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID:""}'
      secret_access_key: '${AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY:""}'
      session_token: '${AWS_SESSION_TOKEN:""}'
  • Use IAM role ARN

    - type: s3
      queue_url: https://sqs.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/123/test-queue
      role_arn: arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/test-mb
  • Use shared AWS credentials file

    - type: s3
      queue_url: https://sqs.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/123/test-queue
      credential_profile_name: test-fb

AWS Credentials Typesedit

There are two different types of AWS credentials can be used: access keys and temporary security credentials.

  • Access keys

AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY are the two parts of access keys. They are long-term credentials for an IAM user or the AWS account root user. Please see AWS Access Keys and Secret Access Keys for more details.

  • IAM role ARN

An IAM role is an IAM identity that you can create in your account that has specific permissions that determine what the identity can and cannot do in AWS. A role does not have standard long-term credentials such as a password or access keys associated with it. Instead, when you assume a role, it provides you with temporary security credentials for your role session. IAM role Amazon Resource Name (ARN) can be used to specify which AWS IAM role to assume to generate temporary credentials. Please see AssumeRole API documentation for more details.

  • Temporary security credentials

Temporary security credentials has a limited lifetime and consists of an access key ID, a secret access key, and a security token which typically returned from GetSessionToken. MFA-enabled IAM users would need to submit an MFA code while calling GetSessionToken. default_region identifies the AWS Region whose servers you want to send your first API request to by default. This is typically the Region closest to you, but it can be any Region. Please see Temporary Security Credentials for more details. sts get-session-token AWS CLI can be used to generate temporary credentials. For example. with MFA-enabled:

aws> sts get-session-token --serial-number arn:aws:iam::1234:mfa/your-email@example.com --token-code 456789 --duration-seconds 129600

Because temporary security credentials are short term, after they expire, the user needs to generate new ones and modify the aws.yml config file with the new credentials. Unless live reloading feature is enabled for Metricbeat, the user needs to manually restart Metricbeat after updating the config file in order to continue collecting Cloudwatch metrics. This will cause data loss if the config file is not updated with new credentials before the old ones expire. For Metricbeat, we recommend users to use access keys in config file to enable aws module making AWS api calls without have to generate new temporary credentials and update the config frequently.

IAM policy is an entity that defines permissions to an object within your AWS environment. Specific permissions needs to be added into the IAM user’s policy to authorize Metricbeat to collect AWS monitoring metrics. Please see documentation under each metricset for required permissions.