Step 4: Starting Metricbeatedit

Run Metricbeat by issuing the appropriate command for your platform.

If you use an init.d script to start Metricbeat on deb or rpm, you can’t specify command line flags (see Command Line Options). To specify flags, start Metricbeat in the foreground.


sudo /etc/init.d/metricbeat start


sudo /etc/init.d/metricbeat start


docker run


sudo chown root metricbeat.yml 
sudo ./metricbeat -e -c metricbeat.yml -d "publish"

You’ll be running Metricbeat as root, so you need to change ownership of the configuration file (see Config File Ownership and Permissions in the Beats Platform Reference).


PS C:\Program Files\Metricbeat> Start-Service metricbeat

By default the log files are stored in C:\ProgramData\metricbeat\Logs.

On Windows, statistics about system load and swap usage are currently not captured.

Testing the Metricbeat Installationedit

To verify that your server’s statistics are present in Elasticsearch, issue the following command:

curl -XGET 'http://localhost:9200/metricbeat-*/_search?pretty'

Make sure that you replace localhost:9200 with the address of your Elasticsearch instance.

On Windows, if you don’t have cURL installed, simply point your browser to the URL.