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Apache Metrics

Collect and ship Apache HTTPD server metrics to Logstash and Elasticsearch.

Metricbeat is a lightweight shipper that helps you monitor your Apache HTTPD servers by collecting metrics running on the Apache server. Configure Metricbeat using the pre-defined examples below to collect and ship Apache web service metrics and statistics to Logstash or Elasticsearch.

Send Your DataMetricsPlatformsApache Metrics Guide

Follow this step by step guide to start sending data from your system to Logit.io:

Step 1 - Install Metricbeat

To get started first follow the steps below:

Older versions can be found here metricbeat 7, metricbeat 6, metricbeat 5

Step 2 - Copy configuration

The configuration file below is pre-configured to send data to your Logit.io Stack via Logstash.

Copy the configuration file below and overwrite the contents of metricbeat.yml.

###################### Logit.io Metricbeat Configuration #######################
# =========================== Modules configuration ============================

metricbeat.config.modules:
  # Glob pattern for configuration loading
  path: ${path.config}/modules.d/*.yml

  # Set to true to enable config reloading
  reload.enabled: false

  # Period on which files under path should be checked for changes
  #reload.period: 10s
# ======================= Elasticsearch template setting =======================
setup.template.settings:
  index.number_of_shards: 1
  index.codec: best_compression
  #_source.enabled: false

# ================================== Outputs ===================================
# ------------------------------ Logstash Output -------------------------------
<div class="sw-warning">
    <div>
        <img src="/images/source-wizard/warning-triangle.svg">
    </div>
    <div>
       <b>No input available! </b> Your stack is missing the required input for this data source <a href="#" onclick="Intercom('showNewMessage')" class="btn btn-info btn-sm">Talk to support to add the input</a>
    </div>
</div> 

Step 3 - Enable module

There are several built in metricbeat modules you can use. To enable the Apache module, run the following:

deb/rpm

metricbeat modules list
metricbeat modules enable apache

macOS

./metricbeat modules list
./metricbeat modules enable apache

Windows

PS > .\metricbeat.exe modules enable apache

Step 4 - Configure module

Each module has its own configuration file where different metricsets can be enabled / disabled. Locate the configuration file for the Apache module.

deb/rpm /etc/metricbeat/modules.d/apache.yml

mac/win ~/<EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>/modules.d/apache.yml

By default the status metricset is disabled. To enable or disable a metric simply comment or uncomment the line out.

- module: apache
metricsets:
  #- status
period: 10s
hosts: ["localhost:8080"]

In order for the status metricset to work & correctly display the dashboard on Kibana, you will need to enable mod_status on your Apache server.

Step 5 - Start Metricbeat

Start or restart metricbeat to apply the configuration changes.

Step 6 - Check Logit.io for your logs

Data should now have been sent to your Stack.

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 - Compatibility

The Apache metricsets were tested with Apache 2.4.12 and 2.4.20 and are expected to work with all versions >= 2.2.31 and >= 2.4.16.

Step 9 - Apache Module Dashboard

The Apache module comes with predefined Kibana dashboards.

Kibana dashboard preview

Step 10 - Apache MetricBeat Module Overview

The Metricbeat Module for Apache is a specialized tool crafted to enhance the monitoring of Apache servers by collecting critical metrics. For users already familiar with Metricbeat's capabilities in aggregating data from various sources, its application to Apache serves as a seamless extension, offering a robust solution for Apache monitoring.

Apache HTTP Server, being one of the most widely used web servers in the world, provides a rich set of features and metrics crucial for understanding server performance, including request handling efficiency, worker status, and load distribution. The Metricbeat Module for Apache leverages Apache's mod_status to fetch these metrics, enabling detailed insights into server health, performance bottlenecks, and operational efficiency.

This module is particularly valuable for system administrators, web developers, and IT professionals tasked with overseeing Apache web servers. Its easy setup and integration with the ELK Stack empower users with real-time monitoring, advanced analytics, and visualization capabilities, significantly surpassing the scope of traditional monitoring tools.

Compared to other monitoring approaches that might utilize proprietary formats or offer limited adaptability, the Metricbeat Module for Apache is designed for ease of use, detailed analysis, and efficient troubleshooting within Apache server environments.

Our platform extends comprehensive support for the Metricbeat Module for Apache, offering centralized management of metrics for simplified analysis and proactive monitoring. This support effectively removes the hurdles of manually collecting and analyzing metrics across distributed Apache server setups.

Should you need assistance with configuring the Metricbeat Module for Apache or have any queries about how to effectively monitor your Apache servers, the Logit.io team is here to help. We encourage you to visit our Help Centre or contact our support team through live chat & we'll be happy to assist.

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