Docker images for Journalbeat are available from the Elastic Docker registry. The base image is centos:7.
A list of all published Docker images and tags is available at www.docker.elastic.co.
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Obtaining Journalbeat for Docker is as simple as issuing a
docker pull command
against the Elastic Docker registry.
docker pull docker.elastic.co/beats/journalbeat:8.0.0-alpha2
Alternatively, you can download other Docker images that contain only features available under the Apache 2.0 license. To download the images, go to www.docker.elastic.co.
Running Journalbeat with the setup command will create the index pattern and load visualizations and machine learning jobs. Run this command:
Substitute your Kibana and Elasticsearch hosts and ports.
If you are using the hosted Elasticsearch Service in Elastic Cloud, replace
-E cloud.id=<Cloud ID from Elasticsearch Service> \ -E cloud.auth=elastic:<elastic password>
The Docker image provides several methods for configuring Journalbeat. The conventional approach is to provide a configuration file via a volume mount, but it’s also possible to create a custom image with your configuration included.
Download this example configuration file as a starting point:
curl -L -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/elastic/beats/master/deploy/docker/journalbeat.docker.yml
One way to configure Journalbeat on Docker is to provide
journalbeat.docker.yml via a volume mount.
docker run, the volume mount can be specified like this.
Make sure you include the path to the host’s journal. The path might be
sudo docker run -d \ --name=journalbeat \ --user=root \ --volume="/var/log/journal:/var/log/journal" \ --volume="/etc/machine-id:/etc/machine-id" \ --volume="/run/systemd:/run/systemd" \ --volume="/etc/hostname:/etc/hostname:ro" \ docker.elastic.co/beats/journalbeat:8.0.0-alpha2 journalbeat -e -strict.perms=false \ -E output.elasticsearch.hosts=["elasticsearch:9200"]
journalbeat.docker.yml downloaded earlier should be customized for your environment. See Configure for more details. Edit the configuration file and customize it to match your environment then re-deploy your Journalbeat container.
It’s possible to embed your Journalbeat configuration in a custom image. Here is an example Dockerfile to achieve this:
FROM docker.elastic.co/beats/journalbeat:8.0.0-alpha2 COPY --chown=root:journalbeat journalbeat.yml /usr/share/journalbeat/journalbeat.yml