Line codec pluginedit

  • Plugin version: v3.1.1
  • Released on: 2021-07-15
  • Changelog

For other versions, see the Versioned plugin docs.

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Reads line-oriented text data.

Decoding behavior
Only whole line events are emitted.
Encoding behavior
Each event is emitted with a trailing newline.

Compatibility with the Elastic Common Schema (ECS)edit

This plugin is compatible with the Elastic Common Schema (ECS). No additional configuration is required.

Line codec configuration optionsedit

Setting Input type Required


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 input. Examples include UTF-8 and cp1252

This setting is useful if your log files are in Latin-1 (aka cp1252) or in another character set other than UTF-8.

This only affects "plain" format logs since json is UTF-8 already.


  • Value type is string
  • Default value is "\n"

Change the delimiter that separates lines


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

Set the desired text format for encoding.