Configuration files must be flexible enough for any deployment need, but they must keep a clean and readable format.

Fluent Bit Commands extends a configuration file with specific built-in features. The list of commands available as of Fluent Bit 0.12 series are:






Include a configuration file



Set a configuration variable

@INCLUDE Command

Configuring a logging pipeline might lead to an extensive configuration file. In order to maintain a human-readable configuration, it's suggested to split the configuration in multiple files.

The @INCLUDE command allows the configuration reader to include an external configuration file, e.g:

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@INCLUDE inputs.conf
@INCLUDE outputs.conf

The above example defines the main service configuration file and also include two files to continue the configuration:


Name cpu
Tag mycpu
Name tail
Path /var/log/*.log
Tag varlog.*


Name stdout
Match mycpu
Name es
Match varlog.*
Port 9200
Logstash_Format On

Note that despites the order of inclusion, Fluent Bit will ALWAYS respect the following order:

  • Service

  • Inputs

  • Filters

  • Outputs

@SET Command

Fluent Bit supports configuration variables, one way to expose this variables to Fluent Bit is through setting a Shell environment variable, the other is through the @SET command.

The @SET command can only be used at root level of each line, meaning it cannot be used inside a section, e.g:

@SET my_input=cpu
@SET my_output=stdout
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Name ${my_input}
Name ${my_output}