Tcp input pluginedit

  • Plugin version: v6.3.5
  • Released on: 2023-06-29
  • Changelog

For other versions, see the Versioned plugin docs.

Getting Helpedit

For questions about the plugin, open a topic in the Discuss forums. For bugs or feature requests, open an issue in Github. For the list of Elastic supported plugins, please consult the Elastic Support Matrix.


Read events over a TCP socket.

Like stdin and file inputs, each event is assumed to be one line of text.

Can either accept connections from clients or connect to a server, depending on mode.

Accepting log4j2 logsedit

Log4j2 can send JSON over a socket, and we can use that combined with our tcp input to accept the logs.

First, we need to configure your application to send logs in JSON over a socket. The following log4j2.xml accomplishes this task.

Note, you will want to change the host and port settings in this configuration to match your needs.

     <Socket name="Socket" host="localhost" port="12345">
       <JsonLayout compact="true" eventEol="true" />
    <Root level="info">
      <AppenderRef ref="Socket"/>

To accept this in Logstash, you will want tcp input and a date filter:

input {
  tcp {
    port => 12345
    codec => json

and add a date filter to take log4j2’s timeMillis field and use it as the event timestamp

filter {
  date {
    match => [ "timeMillis", "UNIX_MS" ]

Event Metadata and the Elastic Common Schema (ECS)edit

In addition to decoding the events, this input will add metadata about the TCP connection itself to each event. This can be helpful when applications are configured to send events directly to this input’s TCP listener without including information about themselves.

Historically, this metadata was added to a variety of non-standard top-level fields, which had the potential to create confusion and schema conflicts downstream. With ECS compatibility mode, we can ensure a pipeline still has access to this metadata throughout the event’s lifecycle without polluting the top-level namespace.

Metadata Group ecs: v1, v8 ecs: disabled

Source Metadata from the TCP connection on which events are being received, including the sender’s name, ip, and outbound port.







Proxy Metadata from a proxied TCP connection. Available when receiving events by proxy and proxy_protocol => true





SSL Subject Metadata from a secured TCP connection. Available when ssl_enable => true AND ssl_verify => true



For example, the Elastic Common Schema reserves the top-level host field for information about the host on which the event happened. If an event is missing this metadata, it can be copied into place from the source TCP connection metadata that has been added to the event:

filter {
  if [@metadata][input][tcp][source] and ![host] {
    mutate {
      copy => {
        "[@metadata][input][tcp][source][name]" => "[host][name]"
        "[@metadata][input][tcp][source][ip]"   => "[host][ip]"

Tcp Input Configuration Optionsedit

This plugin supports the following configuration options plus the Common Options described later.

Also see Common Options for a list of options supported by all input plugins.



  • Value type is boolean
  • Default value is true

It is possible to avoid DNS reverse-lookups by disabling this setting. If disabled, the address metadata that is added to events will contain the source address as-specified at the TCP layer and IPs will not be resolved to hostnames.


  • Value type is string
  • Supported values are:

    • disabled: unstructured connection metadata added at root level
    • v1,v8: structured connection metadata added under [@metadata][input][tcp]
  • Default value depends on which version of Logstash is running:

    • When Logstash provides a pipeline.ecs_compatibility setting, its value is used as the default
    • Otherwise, the default value is disabled.

Controls this plugin’s compatibility with the Elastic Common Schema (ECS). The value of this setting affects the placement of a TCP connection’s metadata on events.


  • Value type is string
  • Default value is ""

When mode is server, the address to listen on. When mode is client, the address to connect to.


  • Value can be any of: server, client
  • Default value is "server"

Mode to operate in. server listens for client connections, client connects to a server.


  • This is a required setting.
  • Value type is number
  • There is no default value for this setting.

When mode is server, the port to listen on. When mode is client, the port to connect to.


  • Value type is boolean
  • Default value is false

Proxy protocol support, only v1 is supported at this time


  • Value type is path
  • There is no default value for this setting.

Path to certificate in PEM format. This certificate will be presented to the connecting clients.


  • Value type is array
  • Default value is []

Validate client certificate or certificate chain against these authorities. You can define multiple files or paths. All the certificates will be read and added to the trust store.


  • Value type is string
  • Default value includes all cipher suites enabled by the JDK and depends on JDK configuration

Supported cipher suites vary depending on Java version used, and entries look like TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384. For more information, see Oracle’s JDK SunJSSE provider documentation and the table of supported Java cipher suite names.

To check the supported cipher suites locally run the following script: $LS_HOME/bin/ruby -e 'p'.


  • Value type is boolean
  • Default value is false

Enable SSL (must be set for other ssl_ options to take effect).


  • Value type is array
  • Default value is []

An Array of paths to extra X509 certificates. These are used together with the certificate to construct the certificate chain presented to the client.


  • Value type is path
  • There is no default value for this setting.

The path to the private key corresponding to the specified certificate (PEM format).


  • Value type is password
  • Default value is nil

SSL key passphrase for the private key.


  • Value type is string
  • Allowed values are: 'TLSv1.1', 'TLSv1.2', 'TLSv1.3'
  • Default depends on the JDK being used. With up-to-date Logstash, the default is ['TLSv1.2', 'TLSv1.3']. 'TLSv1.1' is not considered secure and is only provided for legacy applications.

List of allowed SSL/TLS versions to use when establishing a secure connection.

If you configure the plugin to use 'TLSv1.1' on any recent JVM, such as the one packaged with Logstash, the protocol is disabled by default and needs to be enabled manually by changing jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms in the $JDK_HOME/conf/security/ configuration file. That is, TLSv1.1 needs to be removed from the list.


  • Value type is boolean
  • Default value is true

Verify the identity of the other end of the SSL connection against the CA. For input, sets the field sslsubject to that of the client certificate.


  • Value type is boolean
  • Default value is false

Instruct the socket to use TCP keep alive. If it’s true then the underlying socket will use the OS defaults settings for keep alive. If it’s false it doesn’t configure any keep alive setting for the underlying socket.

Common Optionsedit

The following configuration options are supported by all input plugins:

Setting Input type Required






















  • Value type is hash
  • Default value is {}

Add a field to an event


  • Value type is codec
  • Default value is "line"

The codec used for input data. Input codecs are a convenient method for decoding your data before it enters the input, without needing a separate filter in your Logstash pipeline.


  • Value type is boolean
  • Default value is true

Disable or enable metric logging for this specific plugin instance by default we record all the metrics we can, but you can disable metrics collection for a specific plugin.


  • Value type is string
  • There is no default value for this setting.

Add a unique ID to the plugin configuration. If no ID is specified, Logstash will generate one. It is strongly recommended to set this ID in your configuration. This is particularly useful when you have two or more plugins of the same type, for example, if you have 2 tcp inputs. Adding a named ID in this case will help in monitoring Logstash when using the monitoring APIs.

input {
  tcp {
    id => "my_plugin_id"

Variable substitution in the id field only supports environment variables and does not support the use of values from the secret store.


  • Value type is array
  • There is no default value for this setting.

Add any number of arbitrary tags to your event.

This can help with processing later.


  • Value type is string
  • There is no default value for this setting.

Add a type field to all events handled by this input.

Types are used mainly for filter activation.

The type is stored as part of the event itself, so you can also use the type to search for it in Kibana.

If you try to set a type on an event that already has one (for example when you send an event from a shipper to an indexer) then a new input will not override the existing type. A type set at the shipper stays with that event for its life even when sent to another Logstash server.