PostgreSQL moduleedit

The postgresql module collects and parses logs created by PostgreSQL.

When you run the module, it performs a few tasks under the hood:

  • Sets the default paths to the log files (but don’t worry, you can override the defaults)
  • Makes sure each multiline log event gets sent as a single event
  • Uses ingest node to parse and process the log lines, shaping the data into a structure suitable for visualizing in Kibana
  • Deploys dashboards for visualizing the log data

Read the quick start to learn how to set up and run modules.


The postgresql module was tested with logs from versions 9.5 on Ubuntu, 9.6 on Debian, and finally 10.11, 11.4 and 12.2 on Arch Linux 9.3.

Configure the moduleedit

You can further refine the behavior of the postgresql module by specifying variable settings in the modules.d/postgresql.yml file, or overriding settings at the command line.

The following example shows how to set paths in the modules.d/postgresql.yml file to override the default paths for PostgreSQL logs:

- module: postgresql
    enabled: true
    var.paths: ["/path/to/log/postgres/*.log*"]

To specify the same settings at the command line, you use:

-M "postgresql.log.var.paths=[/path/to/log/postgres/*.log*]"

Variable settingsedit

Each fileset has separate variable settings for configuring the behavior of the module. If you don’t specify variable settings, the postgresql module uses the defaults.

For more information, see Configure variable settings. Also see Override input settings.

When you specify a setting at the command line, remember to prefix the setting with the module name, for example, postgresql.log.var.paths instead of log.var.paths.

log fileset settingsedit

An array of glob-based paths that specify where to look for the log files. All patterns supported by Go Glob are also supported here. For example, you can use wildcards to fetch all files from a predefined level of subdirectories: /path/to/log/*/*.log. This fetches all .log files from the subfolders of /path/to/log. It does not fetch log files from the /path/to/log folder itself. If this setting is left empty, Filebeat will choose log paths based on your operating system.

Example dashboardsedit

This module comes with two sample dashboards.

The first dashboard is for regular logs.

filebeat postgresql overview

The second one shows the slowlogs of PostgreSQL.

filebeat postgresql slowlog overview


For a description of each field in the module, see the exported fields section.