Step 4: Loading the Index Template in Elasticsearchedit

Before starting Packetbeat, you need to load the index template, which lets Elasticsearch know which fields should be analyzed in which way.

The recommended template file is installed by the Packetbeat packages. Load it with the following command:

deb or rpm:

curl -XPUT 'http://localhost:9200/_template/packetbeat' -d@/etc/packetbeat/packetbeat.template.json


cd packetbeat-1.1.2-darwin
curl -XPUT 'http://localhost:9200/_template/packetbeat' -d@packetbeat.template.json


PS C:\Program Files\Packetbeat> Invoke-WebRequest -Method Put -InFile packetbeat.template.json -Uri http://localhost:9200/_template/packetbeat?pretty

where localhost:9200 is the IP and port where Elasticsearch is listening.

If you’ve already used Packetbeat to index data into Elasticsearch, the index may contain old documents. After you load the index template, you can delete the old documents from packetbeat-* to force Kibana to look at the newest documents. Use this command: curl -XDELETE 'http://localhost:9200/packetbeat-*'.