Filebeats configuration for Kubernetes

  - type: kubernetes
    node: ${NODE_NAME}
    hints.enabled: true
      type: container
        - /var/log/containers/*${}.log

What’s so cool about above configuration

Filebeat Autodiscover

When you run applications on containers, they become moving targets to the monitoring system. Autodiscover allows you to track them and adapt settings as changes happen.

The Kubernetes autodiscover provider watches for Kubernetes nodes, pods, services to start, update, and stop.
As well it recognise a lot of additional labels and statuses related to Kubernetes objects.

Hints based autodiscover

Filebeat supports autodiscover based on hints from the provider. The hints system looks for hints in Kubernetes Pod annotations or Docker labels that have the prefix co.elastic.logs. As soon as the container starts, Filebeat will check if it contains any hints and launch the proper config for it. Hints tell Filebeat how to get logs for the given container.

Type Container

Use the container input to read containers log files.

This input searches for container logs under the given path, and parse them into common message lines, extracting timestamps too. Everything happens before line filtering, multiline, and JSON decoding, so this input can be used in combination with those settings.


Kubernetes logs autodiscovery and JSON decoding provide very good visibility into log stream. Labels and JSON log fields are properly named and parsed. Using ES and Kibana we can search through logs with easy queries and filter by fields.