Creating a Metricbeat Module

Metricbeat modules are used to group multiple metricsets together and to implement shared functionality of the metricsets. In most cases, no implementation of the module is needed and the default module implementation is automatically picked.

It’s important to complete the configuration and documentation files for a module. When you create a new metricset by running make create-metricset, default versions of these files are generated in the _meta directory.

Module Files

  • config.yml and config.full.yml
  • docs.asciidoc
  • fields.yml

After updating any of these files, make sure you run make collect in your beat directory so all generated files are updated.

config.yml and config.full.yml

The config.yml file contains the basic configuration options and looks like this:

- module: {module}
  metricsets: ["{metricset}"]
  enabled: true
  period: 1s
  hosts: ["localhost"]

It contains the module name, your metricset, and the default period. If you have multiple metricsets in your module, make sure that you extend the metricset array:

  metricsets: ["{metricset1}", "{metricset2}"]

The full.config.yml file is optional and by default has the same content as the config.yml. It is used to add and document more advanced configuration options that should not be part of the minimal config file shipped by default.

docs.asciidoc

The dosc.asciidoc file contains the documentation about your module. During generation of the documentation, the default config file will be appended to the docs. Use this file to describe your module in more detail and to document specific configuration options.

== {module} Module

This is the {module} Module.

fields.yml

The fields.yml file contains the top level structure for the fields in your metricset. It’s used in combination with the fields.yml file in each metricset to generate the template and documentation for the fields.

The default file looks like this:

- key: {module}
  title: "{module}"
  description: >
    {module} Module
  fields:
    - name: {module}
      type: group
      description: >
      fields:

Make sure that you update at least the description of the module.

Testing

It’s a common pattern to use a testing.go file in the module package to share some testing functionality among the metricsets. This file does not have _test.go in the name because otherwise it would not be compiled for sub packages.

To see an example of the testing.go file, look at the mysql module.

pass::[<?edit_url?>]