Command Line Options

The following command line options are available for Metricbeat. To use these options, you need to start Metricbeat in the foreground.

-E <setting>=<value>

Overwrite an individual setting in the config file. For example:

sudo ./metricbeat -c metricbeat.yml -E name=mybeat
-N
Disable the publishing of events to the defined output. This option is useful only for testing the Beat.
-c <file>
Pass the location of a configuration file for the Beat.
-configtest
Test the configuration file and then exit. This option is useful for troubleshooting the configuration of a Beat.
-cpuprofile <output file>
Write CPU profile data to the specified file. This option is useful for troubleshooting the Beat.
-d <selectors>
Enable debugging for the specified selectors. For the selectors, you can specify a comma-separated list of components, or you can use -d "*" to enable debugging for all components. For example, -d "publish" displays all the "publish" related messages.
-e
Log to stderr and disable syslog/file output.
-httpprof [<host>]:<port>
Start http server for profiling. This option is useful for troubleshooting and profiling the Beat.
-memprofile <output file>
Write memory profile data to the specified output file. This option is useful for troubleshooting the Beat.
-path.config
Set the default location for configuration (e.g. the Elasticsearch template). See the Directory Layout section for details.
-path.data
Set the default location for data files. See the Directory Layout section for details.
-path.home
Set the default location for miscellaneous files. See the Directory Layout section for details.
-path.logs
Set the default location for log files. See the Directory Layout section for details.
-v
Enable verbose output to show INFO-level messages.
-version
Display the Beat version and exit.