1

Install

  Package managers Apt/Yum users can install from official repositories.

deb (Debian/Ubuntu)

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/metricbeat/metricbeat-6.0.1-amd64.deb 
sudo dpkg -i metricbeat-6.0.1-amd64.deb

rpm (Redhat/Centos/Fedora)

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/metricbeat/metricbeat-6.0.1-x86_64.rpm 
sudo rpm -vi metricbeat-6.0.1-x86_64.rpm

macOS

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/metricbeat/metricbeat-6.0.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz 
tar xzvf metricbeat-6.0.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz

Windows

  • Download the Metricbeat Windows zip file from the official downloads page.

  • Extract the contents of the zip file into C:\Program Files.

  • Rename the metricbeat-<version>-windows directory to Metricbeat.

  • Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator (right-click the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator). If you are running Windows XP, you may need to download and install PowerShell.

  • Run the following commands to install Metricbeat as a Windows service:

    PS > cd 'C:\Program Files\Metricbeat'
    PS C:\Program Files\Metricbeat> .\install-service-metricbeat.ps1`
    
      If script execution is disabled on your system, you need to set the execution policy for the current session to allow the script to run. For example: PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-metricbeat.ps1.
  My OS isn't here! Don't see your system? Check out the official downloads page for more options (including 32-bit versions).
2

Locate the configuration file

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

3

Configure the Modules

Setup the data you wish to send us, by editing the modules.
The system status module is enabled by default to collect metrics about your server, such as CPU usage, memory usage, network IO metrics, and process statistics:

metricbeat.modules:
- module: system
  metricsets:
    - cpu
    - filesystem
    - memory
    - network
    - process
  enabled: true
  period: 10s
  processes: ['.*']
  cpu_ticks: false
  There's also a large range of modules to collect metrics see here.
4

Configure output

We'll be shipping to Logstash so that we have the option to run filters before the data is indexed.
Comment out the elasticsearch output block.

## Comment out elasticsearch output
#output.elasticsearch:
#  hosts: ["localhost:9200"]

Uncomment and change the logstash output to match below.

output.logstash:
    hosts: ["your-logstash-host:your-port"]
    loadbalance: true
    ssl.enabled: true
5

Validate configuration

Let's check the configuration file is syntactically correct.

deb/rpm

metricbeat -e -c /etc/metricbeat/metricbeat.yml

mac/win
Ran from the extracted archive dir

metricbeat -e -c metricbeat.yml
6

Start metricbeat

Ok, time to start ingesting data!

deb

$ sudo service metricbeat start

win

PS C:\Program Files\Metricbeat> Start-Service metricbeat