Step 1: Installing Filebeatedit

Before running Filebeat, you need to install and configure the Elastic stack. See Getting Started with Beats and the Elastic Stack.

To download and install Filebeat, use the commands that work with your system (deb for Debian/Ubuntu, rpm for Redhat/Centos/Fedora, mac for OS X, and win for Windows).

Note

If you use Apt or Yum, you can install Filebeat from our repositories to update to the newest version more easily.

See our download page for other installation options, such as 32-bit images.

deb:

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/filebeat/filebeat-5.3.0-amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i filebeat-5.3.0-amd64.deb

rpm:

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/filebeat/filebeat-5.3.0-x86_64.rpm
sudo rpm -vi filebeat-5.3.0-x86_64.rpm

mac:

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/filebeat/filebeat-5.3.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz
tar xzvf filebeat-5.3.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz

win:

  1. Download the Filebeat Windows zip file from the downloads page.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file into C:\Program Files.
  3. Rename the filebeat-<version>-windows directory to Filebeat.
  4. Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator (right-click the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator). If you are running Windows XP, you may need to download and install PowerShell.
  5. Run the following commands to install Filebeat as a Windows service:

    PS > cd 'C:\Program Files\Filebeat'
    PS C:\Program Files\Filebeat> .\install-service-filebeat.ps1
Note

If script execution is disabled on your system, you need to set the execution policy for the current session to allow the script to run. For example: PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-filebeat.ps1.

If you’re using modules to get started with Filebeat, go back to the Quick Start for Common Log Formats page.

Otherwise, continue on to Step 2: Configuring Filebeat.

Before starting Filebeat, you should look at the configuration options in the configuration file, for example C:\Program Files\Filebeat\filebeat.yml or /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml. For more information about these options, see Configuration Options (Reference).