Set up project pathsedit

The path section of the filebeat.yml config file contains configuration options that define where Filebeat looks for its files. For example, Filebeat looks for the Elasticsearch template file in the configuration path and writes log files in the logs path. Filebeat looks for its registry files in the data path.

Please see the Directory layout section for more details.

Here is an example configuration:

path.home: /usr/share/beat
path.config: /etc/beat
path.data: /var/lib/beat
path.logs: /var/log/

Note that it is possible to override these options by using command line flags.

Configuration optionsedit

You can specify the following options in the path section of the filebeat.yml config file:

homeedit

The home path for the Filebeat installation. This is the default base path for all other path settings and for miscellaneous files that come with the distribution (for example, the sample dashboards). If not set by a CLI flag or in the configuration file, the default for the home path is the location of the Filebeat binary.

Example:

path.home: /usr/share/beats

configedit

The configuration path for the Filebeat installation. This is the default base path for configuration files, including the main YAML configuration file and the Elasticsearch template file. If not set by a CLI flag or in the configuration file, the default for the configuration path is the home path.

Example:

path.config: /usr/share/beats/config

dataedit

The data path for the Filebeat installation. This is the default base path for all the files in which Filebeat needs to store its data. If not set by a CLI flag or in the configuration file, the default for the data path is a data subdirectory inside the home path.

Example:

path.data: /var/lib/beats
Tip

When running multiple Beat instances on the same host, make sure they each have a distinct path.data value.

logsedit

The logs path for a Filebeat installation. This is the default location for Filebeat’s log files. If not set by a CLI flag or in the configuration file, the default for the logs path is a logs subdirectory inside the home path.

Example:

path.logs: /var/log/beats