Before upgrading your Beats, please review the breaking changes doc.
We recommend that you fully upgrade Elasticsearch and Kibana to version 6.0 before upgrading Beats. If you are on a Beats 5.x version lower than 5.6, please follow the Upgrade to 5.6 section before doing the Elasticsearch upgrade.
If you’re not ready to upgrade Elasticsearch and Kibana to 6.0, that’s alright. Beats version 6.0 works with Elasticsearch and Kibana version 5.6, so you can upgrade Beats now and the rest of the stack later.
The upgrade procedure assumes that you have Beats version 5.6 installed. If you
are on a previous 5.x version of Beats, please upgrade to version 5.6 first.
The reason is that the Elasticsearch mapping template in 5.6 was modified to be
compatible with Elasticsearch 6.0 (by removing the
For this reason, after upgrading to 5.6, you need to make sure that the 5.6
template is loaded. You can do this by temporarily enabling the
output.elasticsearch.template.overwrite setting, for example with Metricbeat:
metricbeat -e -E output.elasticsearch.template.overwrite=true
Alternatively, you can manually force loading the template:
curl -XPUT -H'Content-Type: application/json' http://localhost:9200/_template/metricbeat -d @metricbeat.template.json
To check which version of the template is loaded, open Kibana Console, call
/_template/metricbeat, and look for the version string. Note that you need to
do this for each Beat type that you are running (e.g. Filebeat, Metricbeat,
Beats 6.0 comes with several backwards incompatible configuration changes. Please review the Breaking changes in 6.0 document. Where possible, we kept the old configuration options working, but deprecated them. However, deprecation was not always possible, so if you use any of the settings mentioned in the Breaking Changes section of the release notes, make sure you understand the alternatives that we provide.
Starting with the 6.0 version, Filebeat and Metricbeat are moving to a directory layout for configuration, where each module is configured in its own configuration file.
While the all-in-one configuration is still fully supported, we recommend moving to the new layout at upgrade time. This typically means starting off with the new default configuration and modifying it with the custom settings that you had in your old files.
Beats 6.0 introduces a new test command for testing the configuration file. For example:
metricbeat test config
-configtest flag is still available, but deprecated.
We recommend re-importing the Kibana dashboards after the Beats and Kibana upgrades are complete. This way, you will take advantage of the new Beats dashboards created for the 6.0 release.
See Changes for importing the Kibana dashboards in the Breaking Changes documentation.
If you’ve modified the Beats dashboards manually, reimporting them will overwrite your changes. Consider saving your dashboards under new IDs, so that the reimport doesn’t overwrite them.