Your organization’s security strategy and other considerations may require you to use a proxy server between some components in your deployment. For example, you may have a firewall rule that prevents endpoints from connecting directly to Elasticsearch. In this scenario, you can set up the Elastic Agent to connect to a proxy, then the proxy can connect to Elasticsearch through the firewall.
Support is available in Elastic Agent and Fleet for connections through HTTP Connect (HTTP 1 only) and Socks5 proxy servers.
This guide describes where a proxy server is allowed in your deployment and how to configure proxy settings for Elastic Agent and Fleet. The steps for deploying the proxy server itself are beyond the scope of this article.
Some environments require users to authenticate with the proxy. There are no explicit settings for proxy authentication in Elastic Agent or Fleet, except the ability to pass credentials in the URL or as keys/tokens in headers, as described later.
When to configure proxy settingsedit
Configure proxy settings for Elastic Agent when it must connect through a proxy server to:
Download artifacts from
artifacts.elastic.cofor subprocesses or binary upgrades
- Send data to Elasticsearch
- Retrieve agent policies from Fleet Server
- Retrieve agent policies from Elasticsearch (only needed for agents running Fleet Server)
If Fleet is unable to access the Elastic Package Registry because Kibana is behind a proxy server, you may also need to set the registry proxy URL in the Kibana configuration.
Set default proxy settings in host environment variablesedit
Set environment variables on the host to configure default proxy settings. The Elastic Agent uses host environment settings by default if no proxy settings are specified elsewhere. You can override host proxy settings later when you configure the Elastic Agent and Fleet settings. The following environment variables are available on the host:
URL of the proxy server for HTTP traffic.
URL of the proxy server for HTTPS traffic.
IP addresses or domain names that should not use the proxy. Supports patterns.
The proxy URL can be a complete URL or
host[:port], in which case the
scheme is assumed. An error is returned if the value is a different form.
Where to set proxy environment variablesedit
The location where you set these environment variables is platform-specific and based on the system manager you’re using. Here are some examples to get you started. For more information about setting environment variables, refer to the documentation for your operating system.
For Windows services, set environment variables for the service in the Windows registry.
This PowerShell command sets the
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Elastic Agent\Environmentregistry key, then restarts Elastic Agent:
$environment = [string]@( "HTTPS_PROXY=https://proxy-hostname:proxy-port", "HTTP_PROXY=http://proxy-hostname:proxy-port" ) Set-ItemProperty "HKLM:SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Elastic Agent" -Name Environment -Value $environment Restart-Service "Elastic Agent"
For Linux services, the location depends on the distribution you’re using. For example, you can set environment variables in:
/etc/systemd/system/elastic-agent.servicefor systems that use
systemdto manage the service. To edit the file, run:
sudo systemctl edit --full elastic-agent.service
Then add the environment variables under
[Service] Environment="HTTPS_PROXY=https://my.proxy:8443" Environment="HTTP_PROXY=http://my.proxy:8080"
/etc/sysconfig/elastic-agentfor Red Hat-like distributions that don’t use
/etc/default/elastic-agentfor Debian and Ubuntu distributions that don’t use
After adding environment variables, restart the service.
Set Elastic Agent proxy settings in a standalone agent policyedit
Proxy settings in the Elastic Agent policy override proxy settings specified by environment variables. This means you can specify proxy settings for Elastic Agent that are different from host or system-level environment settings. Currently, we only offer a way to modify these for standalone agents. The ability to set these for Fleet-managed agents is under consideration.
The following proxy settings are valid in the agent policy:
(string) URL of the proxy server. If set, the configured URL is used as a
proxy for all connection attempts by the component. The value may be either a
complete URL or a
(string) Additional headers to send to the proxy during CONNECT requests. You can use this setting to pass keys/tokens required for authenticating with the proxy.
(boolean) If set to
Set the proxy for communicating with Elasticsearchedit
To set the proxy for communicating with Elasticsearch, specify proxy settings under
outputs in the agent policy. The procedure for doing this depends on
whether you’re running Fleet-managed or standalone agents:
For Fleet-managed agents, specify proxy settings in the Kibana UI:
- Log in to Kibana and go to Management > Fleet.
- Click Fleet settings.
Under Elasticsearch output configuration (YAML), specify proxy settings for connecting to Elasticsearch. The proxy settings you specify here are applied to all Elastic Agents enrolled in Fleet.
For standalone agents, specify proxy settings the
elastic-agent.ymlfile. For example:
outputs: default: api_key: API-KEY hosts: - https://10.0.1.2:9200 proxy_url: http://10.0.1.7:3128 type: elasticsearch
For more information, refer to Elastic Agent standalone configuration.
Set the proxy for retrieving agent policies from Fleetedit
If there is a proxy between Elastic Agent and Fleet, specify proxy settings on the
command line when you install Elastic Agent and enroll in Fleet. The settings you
specify at the command line are added to the
fleet.yml file installed on the
system where the Elastic Agent is running.
If Kibana is behind a proxy server, you’ll still need to configure Kibana settings to access the package registry.
install commands accept the following flags:
URL of the proxy server. The value may be either a complete URL or a
If specified, all proxy settings, including the
Additional header to send to the proxy during CONNECT requests. Use the
elastic-agent install --url="https://10.0.1.6:8220" --enrollment-token=TOKEN --proxy-url="http://10.0.1.7:3128" --fleet-server-es-ca="/usr/local/share/ca-certificates/es-ca.crt" --certificate-authorities="/usr/local/share/ca-certificates/fleet-ca.crt"
This command requires default policies to be loaded in Fleet. Default policies are loaded automatically when you visit Fleet for the first time. If you’re not sure whether default policies are loaded, log in to Kibana and go to Management > Fleet.
The command in the previous example adds the following settings to the
fleet.yml policy on the host where Elastic Agent is installed:
fleet: enabled: true access_api_key: API-KEY hosts: - https://10.0.1.6:8220 ssl: verification_mode: "" certificate_authorities: - /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/es-ca.crt renegotiation: never timeout: 10m0s proxy_url: http://10.0.1.7:3128 reporting: threshold: 10000 check_frequency_sec: 30 agent: id: ""
Set the proxy URL of the Elastic Package Registryedit
Fleet might be unable to access the Elastic Package Registry because Kibana is behind a proxy server.
Also your organization might have network traffic restrictions that prevent Kibana
from reaching the public Elastic Package Registry endpoints, like
epr.elastic.co, to download package metadata and
content. You can route traffic to the public endpoint of EPR through a network
gateway, then configure proxy settings in the
Kibana configuration file,