Command Line Optionsedit

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

-E <setting>=<value>

Override a specific configuration setting. For example:

sudo ./metricbeat -c metricbeat.yml -E name=mybeat

This setting is applied to the currently running Metricbeat process. The Metricbeat configuration file is not changed.

-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.
-setup
Load the sample Kibana dashboards. By default, this downloads an archive file containing the Beats dashboards from the elastic.co website. See the Dashboards Configuration section for more details and more options.
-v
Enable verbose output to show INFO-level messages.
-version
Display the Beat version and exit.