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Ship Metrics with Metricbeat to Logstash

Metricbeat is an open source shipping agent used to collect and ship operating system and service metrics to one or more destinations, including Logstash.

Step 1 - Install Metricbeat

deb (Debian/Ubuntu/Mint)

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
echo 'deb stable main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/beats.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install metricbeat

rpm (CentOS/RHEL/Fedora)

sudo rpm --import
echo "[elastic-6.x]
name=Elastic repository for 6.x packages
type=rpm-md" | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/elastic-beats.repo

sudo yum install metricbeat


curl -L -O 
tar xzvf metricbeat-oss-6.7.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz


  • 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).

Step 2 - Locate the configuration file

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

Step 3 - Configure the Modules

Setup the data you wish to send us, by editing the modules. Examples of these settings are found in metricbeat.reference.yml, in the same folder as the configuration file. 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:

- module: system
    - 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.

Step 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
#  hosts: ["localhost:9200"]

Uncomment and change the logstash output to match below.

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

Step 5 - Validate configuration

Let's check the configuration file is syntactically correct.


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


./metricbeat -e -c metricbeat.yml


metricbeat.exe -e -c metricbeat.yml

Step 6 - Start metricbeat

Ok, time to start ingesting data!


sudo systemctl enable metricbeat
sudo systemctl start metricbeat




Start-Service metricbeat
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