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Send data via NGINX to your Logstash instance provided by Logit.io

Nginx Logstash Configuration

Ship logs from NGINX to logstash

Configure Filebeat to ship logs from a NGINX web server to Logstash and Elasticsearch.

Step 1 - Install FilebeatCopy

deb (Debian/Ubuntu/Mint)

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats//-oss-7.15.1-amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i -oss-7.15.1-amd64.deb

rpm (CentOS/RHEL/Fedora)

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats//-oss-7.15.1-x86_64.rpm
sudo rpm -vi -oss-7.15.1-x86_64.rpm

macOS

curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats//-oss-7.15.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz
tar xzvf -oss-7.15.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz

Windows

  • Download and extract the Windows zip file.
  • Rename the -<version>-windows directory to ``.
  • Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator.
  • Run the following to install as a Windows service:
.\install-service-.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-.ps1.
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Step 2 - Enable the NGINX ModuleCopy

There are several built in filebeat modules you can use. You will need to enable the nginx module.

deb/rpm

sudo filebeat modules list
sudo filebeat modules enable nginx

macOS

cd <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>
./filebeat modules list
./filebeat modules enable nginx

Windows

cd <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>
.\filebeat.exe modules list
.\filebeat.exe modules enable nginx

Additional module configuration can be done using the per module config files located in the modules.d folder, most commonly this would be to read logs from a non-default location

deb/rpm /etc/filebeat/modules.d/
mac/win <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>/modules.d/

- module: nginx
# Access logs
access:
  enabled: true

  # Set custom paths for the log files. If left empty,
  # Filebeat will choose the paths depending on your OS.
  var.paths: ["/custom/path/to/logs"]

# Error logs
error:
  enabled: true

  # Set custom paths for the log files. If left empty,
  # Filebeat will choose the paths depending on your OS.
  var.paths: ["/custom/path/to/logs"]

# Ingress-nginx controller logs. This is disabled by default. It could be used in Kubernetes environments to parse ingress-nginx logs
ingress_controller:
  enabled: false

  # Set custom paths for the log files. If left empty,
  # Filebeat will choose the paths depending on your OS.
  #var.paths:

Step 3 - Copy Configuration FileCopy

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 filebeat.yml.

# ============================== Filebeat modules ==============================

filebeat.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 -------------------------------
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</div> 

Step 4 - Start FilebeatCopy

Ok, time to start ingesting data!

deb/rpm

sudo systemctl enable filebeat
sudo systemctl start filebeat

macOS

./filebeat

Windows

PS C:\Program Files\Filebeat> Start-Service filebeat

Step 5 - how to diagnose no data in StackCopy

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 6 - NGINX dashboardCopy

The NGINX module comes with predefined Kibana dashboards. To view your dashboards for any of your Logit.io stacks, launch Kibana and choose Dashboards.

Predefined kibana dashboard screenshot

Predefined kibana dashboard screenshot

Predefined kibana dashboard screenshot

Step 7 - NGINX Logs OverviewCopy

NGINX is an open-source HTTP server and reverse proxy that was created by Igor Sysoev & released in 2004. It has gone on to power many of the web’s highest traffic sites (including Netflix, Google & Wordpress) as it is a highly reliable server for enabling businesses to scale their operations.

Viewing NGINX log files can allow you to see spikes in 5XX/4XX status codes affecting the performance of your applications, and allow your Dev teams to drill down into the data to resolve errors. Analysing these at scale can rapidly drain your resources if your teams need to configure separate parsing, configuration, visualisation and reporting tools for a single large NGINX instance.

Many NGINX log analyzers can slow down the process of troubleshooting & increase time to resolution unnecessarily as they often struggle to process large amounts of log data. The Logit.io log management platform is built on ELK and can easily process large amounts of NGINX server data for root cause analysis.

Our platform is built to scale with your infrastructure, once data is migrated to your ELK Stack you’ll be able to benefit from automatic parsing with Logstash and visualise your NGINX metrics in Kibana. Alert on errors and notify your teams of spikes in real-time with our integrated alerting features that can send notifications to a variety of sources including Jira, Opsgenie, Slack, PagerDuty & Webhooks.

In case you need any further assistance with sending your NGINX data to Logstash & Elasticsearch we're here to help. Just get in touch with our support team via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.

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