System Process Metricsetedit

The System process metricset provides process statistics. One document is provided for each process.

This metricset is available on:

  • Darwin
  • FreeBSD
  • Linux
  • Windows

Control Group (cgroup) Metricsedit

On Linux this metricset will collect metrics from any cgroups that the process is a member of. This feature is enabled by default and can be disabled by adding process.cgroups.enabled: false to the system module configuration.

Process Environment Variablesedit

This metricset can collect the environment variables that were used to start the process. This feature is available on Linux, Darwin, and FreeBSD. No environment variables are collected by default because they could contain sensitive information. You must configure the environment variables that you wish to collect by specifying a list of regular expressions that match the variable name.

- module: system
  metricsets: ["process"]
  - '^PATH$'
  - '^SSH_.*'


For a description of each field in the metricset, see the exported fields section.

Here is an example document generated by this metricset:

    "@timestamp": "2016-05-23T08:05:34.853Z",
    "beat": {
        "hostname": "",
        "name": ""
    "metricset": {
        "host": "localhost",
        "module": "system",
        "name": "process",
        "rtt": 115
    "system": {
        "process": {
            "cmdline": "go test -tags=integration -data",
            "cpu": {
                "start_time": "2016-09-06T07:33:04.000Z",
                "total": {
                    "pct": 0
            "fd": {
                "limit": {
                    "hard": 1048576,
                    "soft": 1048576
                "open": 4
            "memory": {
                "rss": {
                    "bytes": 13770752,
                    "pct": 0.0016
                "share": 6594560,
                "size": 232972288
            "name": "go",
            "pgid": 1,
            "pid": 1,
            "ppid": 0,
            "state": "sleeping",
            "username": "root"
    "type": "metricsets"