• Version: 3.0.2
  • Released on: July 14, 2016
  • Changelog

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.


This codec may be used to decode (via inputs) and encode (via outputs) full JSON messages. If the data being sent is a JSON array at its root multiple events will be created (one per element).

If you are streaming JSON messages delimited by \n then see the json_lines codec.

Encoding will result in a compact JSON representation (no line terminators or indentation)

If this codec recieves a payload from an input that is not valid JSON, then it will fall back to plain text and add a tag _jsonparsefailure. Upon a JSON failure, the payload will be stored in the message field.



This plugin supports the following configuration options:

Required configuration options:

json {

Available configuration options:

Setting Input typeRequired


string, one of ["ASCII-8BIT", "UTF-8", "US-ASCII", "Big5", "Big5-HKSCS", "Big5-UAO", "CP949", "Emacs-Mule", "EUC-JP", "EUC-KR", "EUC-TW", "GB2312", "GB18030", "GBK", "ISO-8859-1", "ISO-8859-2", "ISO-8859-3", "ISO-8859-4", "ISO-8859-5", "ISO-8859-6", "ISO-8859-7", "ISO-8859-8", "ISO-8859-9", "ISO-8859-10", "ISO-8859-11", "ISO-8859-13", "ISO-8859-14", "ISO-8859-15", "ISO-8859-16", "KOI8-R", "KOI8-U", "Shift_JIS", "UTF-16BE", "UTF-16LE", "UTF-32BE", "UTF-32LE", "Windows-31J", "Windows-1250", "Windows-1251", "Windows-1252", "IBM437", "IBM737", "IBM775", "CP850", "IBM852", "CP852", "IBM855", "CP855", "IBM857", "IBM860", "IBM861", "IBM862", "IBM863", "IBM864", "IBM865", "IBM866", "IBM869", "Windows-1258", "GB1988", "macCentEuro", "macCroatian", "macCyrillic", "macGreek", "macIceland", "macRoman", "macRomania", "macThai", "macTurkish", "macUkraine", "CP950", "CP951", "IBM037", "stateless-ISO-2022-JP", "eucJP-ms", "CP51932", "EUC-JIS-2004", "GB12345", "ISO-2022-JP", "ISO-2022-JP-2", "CP50220", "CP50221", "Windows-1256", "Windows-1253", "Windows-1255", "Windows-1254", "TIS-620", "Windows-874", "Windows-1257", "MacJapanese", "UTF-7", "UTF8-MAC", "UTF-16", "UTF-32", "UTF8-DoCoMo", "SJIS-DoCoMo", "UTF8-KDDI", "SJIS-KDDI", "ISO-2022-JP-KDDI", "stateless-ISO-2022-JP-KDDI", "UTF8-SoftBank", "SJIS-SoftBank", "BINARY", "CP437", "CP737", "CP775", "IBM850", "CP857", "CP860", "CP861", "CP862", "CP863", "CP864", "CP865", "CP866", "CP869", "CP1258", "Big5-HKSCS:2008", "ebcdic-cp-us", "eucJP", "euc-jp-ms", "EUC-JISX0213", "eucKR", "eucTW", "EUC-CN", "eucCN", "CP936", "ISO2022-JP", "ISO2022-JP2", "ISO8859-1", "ISO8859-2", "ISO8859-3", "ISO8859-4", "ISO8859-5", "ISO8859-6", "CP1256", "ISO8859-7", "CP1253", "ISO8859-8", "CP1255", "ISO8859-9", "CP1254", "ISO8859-10", "ISO8859-11", "CP874", "ISO8859-13", "CP1257", "ISO8859-14", "ISO8859-15", "ISO8859-16", "CP878", "MacJapan", "ASCII", "ANSI_X3.4-1968", "646", "CP65000", "CP65001", "UTF-8-MAC", "UTF-8-HFS", "UCS-2BE", "UCS-4BE", "UCS-4LE", "CP932", "csWindows31J", "SJIS", "PCK", "CP1250", "CP1251", "CP1252", "external", "locale"]











  • Value can be any of: ASCII-8BIT, UTF-8, US-ASCII, Big5, Big5-HKSCS, Big5-UAO, CP949, Emacs-Mule, EUC-JP, EUC-KR, EUC-TW, GB2312, GB18030, GBK, ISO-8859-1, ISO-8859-2, ISO-8859-3, ISO-8859-4, ISO-8859-5, ISO-8859-6, ISO-8859-7, ISO-8859-8, ISO-8859-9, ISO-8859-10, ISO-8859-11, ISO-8859-13, ISO-8859-14, ISO-8859-15, ISO-8859-16, KOI8-R, KOI8-U, Shift_JIS, UTF-16BE, UTF-16LE, UTF-32BE, UTF-32LE, Windows-31J, Windows-1250, Windows-1251, Windows-1252, IBM437, IBM737, IBM775, CP850, IBM852, CP852, IBM855, CP855, IBM857, IBM860, IBM861, IBM862, IBM863, IBM864, IBM865, IBM866, IBM869, Windows-1258, GB1988, macCentEuro, macCroatian, macCyrillic, macGreek, macIceland, macRoman, macRomania, macThai, macTurkish, macUkraine, CP950, CP951, IBM037, stateless-ISO-2022-JP, eucJP-ms, CP51932, EUC-JIS-2004, GB12345, ISO-2022-JP, ISO-2022-JP-2, CP50220, CP50221, Windows-1256, Windows-1253, Windows-1255, Windows-1254, TIS-620, Windows-874, Windows-1257, MacJapanese, UTF-7, UTF8-MAC, UTF-16, UTF-32, UTF8-DoCoMo, SJIS-DoCoMo, UTF8-KDDI, SJIS-KDDI, ISO-2022-JP-KDDI, stateless-ISO-2022-JP-KDDI, UTF8-SoftBank, SJIS-SoftBank, BINARY, CP437, CP737, CP775, IBM850, CP857, CP860, CP861, CP862, CP863, CP864, CP865, CP866, CP869, CP1258, Big5-HKSCS:2008, ebcdic-cp-us, eucJP, euc-jp-ms, EUC-JISX0213, eucKR, eucTW, EUC-CN, eucCN, CP936, ISO2022-JP, ISO2022-JP2, ISO8859-1, ISO8859-2, ISO8859-3, ISO8859-4, ISO8859-5, ISO8859-6, CP1256, ISO8859-7, CP1253, ISO8859-8, CP1255, ISO8859-9, CP1254, ISO8859-10, ISO8859-11, CP874, ISO8859-13, CP1257, ISO8859-14, ISO8859-15, ISO8859-16, CP878, MacJapan, ASCII, ANSI_X3.4-1968, 646, CP65000, CP65001, UTF-8-MAC, UTF-8-HFS, UCS-2BE, UCS-4BE, UCS-4LE, CP932, csWindows31J, SJIS, PCK, CP1250, CP1251, CP1252, external, locale
  • Default value is "UTF-8"

The character encoding used in this codec. Examples include "UTF-8" and "CP1252".

JSON requires valid UTF-8 strings, but in some cases, software that emits JSON does so in another encoding (nxlog, for example). In weird cases like this, you can set the charset setting to the actual encoding of the text and Logstash will convert it for you.

For nxlog users, you may to set this to "CP1252".


  • 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 grok filters. Adding a named ID in this case will help in monitoring Logstash when using the monitoring APIs.

output {
 stdout {
   id => "my_plugin_id"