HTTP exportersedit

Elastic Agent and Metricbeat are the recommended methods for collecting and shipping monitoring data to a monitoring cluster.

If you have previously configured legacy collection methods, you should migrate to using Elastic Agent or Metricbeat collection. Do not use legacy collection alongside other collection methods.

The http exporter is the preferred exporter in the Elasticsearch monitoring features because it enables the use of a separate monitoring cluster. As a secondary benefit, it avoids using a production cluster node as a coordinating node for indexing monitoring data because all requests are HTTP requests to the monitoring cluster.

The http exporter uses the low-level Elasticsearch REST Client, which enables it to send its data to any Elasticsearch cluster it can access through the network. Its requests make use of the filter_path parameter to reduce bandwidth whenever possible, which helps to ensure that communications between the production and monitoring clusters are as lightweight as possible.

The http exporter supports a number of settings that control how it communicates over HTTP to remote clusters. In most cases, it is not necessary to explicitly configure these settings. For detailed descriptions, see Monitoring settings.

    type: local
    type: http
    host: [ "", ... ] 
      username: my_username
      # "xpack.monitoring.exporters.my_remote.auth.secure_password" must be set in the keystore
      timeout: 6s
      read_timeout: 60s
    ssl: ... 
      base_path: /some/base/path 
      My-Proxy-Header: abc123
      My-Other-Thing: [ def456, ... ] YYYY-MM 

A local exporter defined explicitly whose arbitrary name is my_local.

An http exporter defined whose arbitrary name is my_remote. This name uniquely defines the exporter but is otherwise unused.

host is a required setting for http exporters. It must specify the HTTP port rather than the transport port. The default port value is 9200.

User authentication for those using Elastic Stack security features or some other form of user authentication protecting the cluster.

See HTTP exporter settings for all TLS/SSL settings. If not supplied, the default node-level TLS/SSL settings are used.

Optional base path to prefix any outgoing request with in order to work with proxies.

Arbitrary key/value pairs to define as headers to send with every request. The array-based key/value format sends one header per value.

A mechanism for changing the date suffix used by default.

The http exporter accepts an array of hosts and it will round robin through the list. It is a good idea to take advantage of that feature when the monitoring cluster contains more than one node.

Unlike the local exporter, every node that uses the http exporter attempts to check and create the resources that it needs. The http exporter avoids re-checking the resources unless something triggers it to perform the checks again. These triggers include:

  • The production cluster’s node restarts.
  • A connection failure to the monitoring cluster.
  • The license on the production cluster changes.
  • The http exporter is dynamically updated (and it is therefore replaced).

The easiest way to trigger a check is to disable, then re-enable the exporter.

This resource management behavior can create a hole for users that delete monitoring resources. Since the http exporter does not re-check its resources unless one of the triggers occurs, this can result in malformed index mappings.

Unlike the local exporter, the http exporter is inherently routing requests outside of the cluster. This situation means that the exporter must provide a username and password when the monitoring cluster requires one (or other appropriate security configurations, such as TLS/SSL settings).

When discussing security relative to the http exporter, it is critical to remember that all users are managed on the monitoring cluster. This is particularly important to remember when you move from development environments to production environments, where you often have dedicated monitoring clusters.

For more information about the configuration options for the http exporter, see HTTP exporter settings.