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Ship your GitLab logs using Filebeat to your Stack

Configure GitLab to ship logs via Filebeat to your stacks via Logstash.

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

Step 1 - 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 2 - Configure GitLab Logging

GitLab comes equipped with a sophisticated logging framework that ships several system logs.

To manage these logs effectively, we recommend referring to the "Log system from GitLab" documentation and customizing the Filebeat configuration below to meet your specific requirements.

This will help you collect and forward the relevant log data to your preferred destination for analysis and monitoring purposes.

Step 3 - 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: filestream

  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 7.10 or older, change the type as shown below.

- type: log

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 4 - 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 5 - Start filebeat

Start or restart to apply the configuration changes.

Step 6 - Launch to view your logs

Now you should view your data:

View my data

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 7 - 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 8 - GitLab Overview

GitLab is a versatile software development platform that offers numerous features to streamline development workflows for organizations. To effectively monitor and analyze activity on GitLab, it's crucial to have a reliable and efficient log management solution.

GitLab generates various types of logs that capture significant information about system activity, application performance, and user behavior. Organizations can use Filebeat, an open-source log shipper, to send GitLab logs to various destinations such as Elasticsearch, Logstash, and OpenSearch for effective log management.

Filebeat is highly compatible and easy to use, making it a widely preferred option for sending logs from GitLab to different destinations. Organizations can configure GitLab to forward logs to a syslog server and use Filebeat to collect and forward log data to Elasticsearch or other destinations.

A robust log management solution enables organizations to gain valuable insights into GitLab activity and take proactive steps to ensure optimal system performance and application security. By leveraging tools such as Filebeat and OpenSearch, organizations can analyze data from various sources and gain a deeper understanding of their development workflows.

If you need any further assistance with shipping your log data to we're here to help you get started. Feel free to get in contact with our support team by sending us a message via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.

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