Overviewedit

Beats are open source data shippers that you install as agents on your servers to send operational data to Elasticsearch. Elastic provides Beats for capturing:

Audit data

Auditbeat

Log files

Filebeat

Cloud data

Functionbeat

Availability

Heartbeat

Systemd journals

Journalbeat

Metrics

Metricbeat

Network traffic

Packetbeat

Windows event logs

Winlogbeat

Beats can send data directly to Elasticsearch or via Logstash, where you can further process and enhance the data, before visualizing it in Kibana.

Beats Platform

To get started, see Getting started with Beats.

Need to capture other kinds of data?edit

If you have a specific use case to solve, we encourage you to create a community Beat. We’ve created an infrastructure to simplify the process. The libbeat library, written entirely in Go, offers the API that all Beats use to ship data to Elasticsearch, configure the input options, implement logging, and more. To learn how to create a new Beat, see the Beats Developer Guide.