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Cisco Meraki Logs

Ship logs from Cisco Meraki to Logstash

Filebeat is a lightweight shipper that enables you to send your Cisco Meraki logs to Logstash and Elasticsearch. Configure Filebeat using the pre-defined examples below to start sending and analysing your Meraki logs.

Send Your DataLogsFirewallsCisco Meraki Logs Guide

Follow this step by step guide to get 'logs' from your system to

Step 1 - Configure Syslog Server

Configure your Cisco Meraki to write all logs to a single file and to send logs to a Syslog server.

View more details on how to configure Meraki Syslog.

Step 2 - Install Filebeat

To get started first follow the steps below:

  • Install
  • Root access
  • Verify the required port is open

Older versions can be found here 7, 6, 5

Step 3 - Locate the configuration file

deb/rpm /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml
mac/win <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>/filebeat.yml

Step 4 - Configure Filebeat.yml

The configuration file below is pre-configured to send data to your Stack.

Copy the configuration file below and overwrite the contents of the Filebeat configuration file typically located at /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml

# ============================== Filebeat inputs ===============================

- type: udp
  max_message_size: 10MiB
  host: ""
  enabled: true

  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 12h

# ================================== Outputs ===================================
    hosts: ["your-logstash-host:your-ssl-port"]
    loadbalance: true
    ssl.enabled: true

If you’re running Filebeat 7, add this code block to the end. Otherwise, you can leave it out.

# ... For Filebeat 7 only ...
filebeat.registry.path: /var/lib/filebeat

If you’re running Filebeat 6, add this code block to the end.

# ... For Filebeat 6 only ...
registry_file: /var/lib/filebeat/registry

It’s a good idea to run the configuration file through a YAML validator to rule out indentation errors, clean up extra characters, and check if your YAML file is valid. is a great choice.

Step 5 - Validate configuration

If you have issues starting in the next step, you can use these commands below to troubleshoot.

Let's check the configuration file is syntactically correct by running directly inside the terminal. If the file is invalid, will print an error loading config file error message with details on how to correct the problem.


sudo  -e -c /etc//.yml


sudo ./ -e -c .yml


.\.exe -e -c .yml

Step 7 - Start filebeat

Start or restart to apply the configuration changes.

Step 8 - how to diagnose no data in Stack

If you don't see data appearing in your Stack after following the steps, visit the Help Centre guide for steps to diagnose no data appearing in your Stack or Chat to support now.

Step 9 - Check for your logs

Now you should view your data:

Launch Dashboard

If you don't see logs take a look at How to diagnose no data in Stack below for how to diagnose common issues.

Step 10 - Cisco Meraki Logging Overview

Cisco Meraki is a cloud-managed IT solution that offers a wide range of networking devices including wireless access points, switches, security appliances, and cameras. These devices are managed through a centralized dashboard that provides administrators with visibility and control over their network infrastructure.

Meraki devices generate logs that record various events and activities that occur on the network. These logs are used to monitor network performance, troubleshoot issues, and identify security threats.

Here are some common types of logs generated by Meraki devices:

System Logs: These logs record system-level events such as device startup, shutdown, and configuration changes.

Traffic Logs: These logs record details about network traffic such as source and destination IP addresses, protocols, and ports.

Security Logs: These logs record security-related events such as intrusion attempts, malware detections, and VPN connections.

Wireless Logs: These logs record wireless-specific events such as client associations, disassociations, and authentication failures.

Switch Logs: These logs record switch-specific events such as port status changes, VLAN assignments, and link failures.

Meraki devices provide real-time visibility into network activity through the dashboard, which can be used to search and filter logs based on various criteria such as time range, device, event type, and severity. The logs can also be exported for further analysis or integration with third-party tools.

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