Configuring Centralized Pipeline Managementedit

To configure centralized pipeline management:

  1. Verify that you are using a license that includes the pipeline management feature.

    For more information, see https://www.elastic.co/subscriptions and License management.

  2. Specify configuration management settings in the logstash.yml file. At a minimum, set:

    • xpack.management.enabled: true to enable centralized configuration management.
    • xpack.management.elasticsearch.hosts to specify the Elasticsearch instance that will store the Logstash pipeline configurations and metadata.
    • xpack.management.pipeline.id to register the pipelines that you want to centrally manage.
  3. Restart Logstash.
  4. If your Elasticsearch cluster is protected with basic authentication, assign the built-in logstash_admin role as well as the logstash_writer role to any users who will use centralized pipeline management. See Configuring Security for more information.

Centralized management is disabled until you configure and enable security features.

After you’ve configured Logstash to use centralized pipeline management, you can no longer specify local pipeline configurations. This means that the pipelines.yml file and settings like path.config and config.string are inactive when this feature is enabled.

Configuration Management Settings in Logstashedit

You can set the following xpack.management settings in logstash.yml to enable centralized pipeline management. For more information about configuring Logstash, see logstash.yml.

The following example shows basic settings that assume Elasticsearch and Kibana are installed on the localhost with basic AUTH enabled, but no SSL. If you’re using SSL, you need to specify additional SSL settings.

xpack.management.enabled: true
xpack.management.elasticsearch.hosts: "http://localhost:9200/"
xpack.management.elasticsearch.username: logstash_admin_user
xpack.management.elasticsearch.password: t0p.s3cr3t
xpack.management.logstash.poll_interval: 5s
xpack.management.pipeline.id: ["apache", "cloudwatch_logs"]
xpack.management.enabled
Set to true to enable X-Pack centralized configuration management for Logstash.
xpack.management.logstash.poll_interval
How often the Logstash instance polls for pipeline changes from Elasticsearch. The default is 5s.
xpack.management.pipeline.id
Specify a comma-separated list of pipeline IDs to register for centralized pipeline management. After changing this setting, you need to restart Logstash to pick up changes.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.hosts
The Elasticsearch instance that will store the Logstash pipeline configurations and metadata. This might be the same Elasticsearch instance specified in the outputs section in your Logstash configuration, or a different one. Defaults to http://localhost:9200.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.username and xpack.management.elasticsearch.password
If your Elasticsearch cluster is protected with basic authentication, these settings provide the username and password that the Logstash instance uses to authenticate for accessing the configuration data. The username you specify here should have the built-in logstash_admin role and the customized logstash_writer role, which provides access to .logstash-* indices for managing configurations.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.proxy
Optional setting that allows you to specify a proxy URL if Logstash needs to use a proxy to reach your Elasticsearch cluster.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.ssl.certificate_authority
Optional setting that enables you to specify a path to the .pem file for the certificate authority for your Elasticsearch instance.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.ssl.truststore.path
Optional setting that provides the path to the Java keystore (JKS) to validate the server’s certificate.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.ssl.truststore.password
Optional setting that provides the password to the truststore.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.ssl.keystore.path
Optional setting that provides the path to the Java keystore (JKS) to validate the client’s certificate.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.ssl.keystore.password
Optional setting that provides the password to the keystore.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.cloud_id
If you’re using Elasticsearch in Elastic Cloud, you should specify the identifier here. This setting is an alternative to xpack.management.elasticsearch.hosts. If cloud_id is configured, xpack.management.elasticsearch.hosts should not be used. This Elasticsearch instance will store the Logstash pipeline configurations and metadata.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.cloud_auth
If you’re using Elasticsearch in Elastic Cloud, you can set your auth credentials here. This setting is an alternative to both xpack.management.elasticsearch.username and xpack.management.elasticsearch.password. If cloud_auth is configured, those settings should not be used. The credentials you specify here should be for a user with the logstash_admin role, which provides access to .logstash-* indices for managing configurations.
xpack.management.elasticsearch.api_key
Authenticate using an Elasticsearch API key. Note that this option also requires using SSL.

The API key Format is id:api_key where id and api_key are as returned by the Elasticsearch Create API key API.