Configuration File

This page describes the main configuration file used by Fluent Bit

One of the ways to configure Fluent Bit is using a main configuration file. Fluent Bit allows to use one configuration file which works at a global scope and uses the Format and Schema defined previously.

The main configuration file supports four types of sections:

  • Service

  • Input

  • Filter

  • Output

In addition, it's also possible to split the main configuration file in multiple files using the feature to include external files:

  • Include File

Service

The Service section defines global properties of the service, the keys available as of this version are described in the following table:

Key

Description

Default Value

Flush

Set the flush time in seconds.nanoseconds. The engine loop uses a Flush timeout to define when is required to flush the records ingested by input plugins through the defined output plugins.

5

Daemon

Boolean value to set if Fluent Bit should run as a Daemon (background) or not. Allowed values are: yes, no, on and off. note: If you are using a Systemd based unit as the one we provide in our packages, do not turn on this option.

Off

Log_File

Absolute path for an optional log file. By default all logs are redirected to the standard output interface (stdout).

Log_Level

Set the logging verbosity level. Allowed values are: error, warning, info, debug and trace. Values are accumulative, e.g: if 'debug' is set, it will include error, warning, info and debug. Note that trace mode is only available if Fluent Bit was built with the WITH_TRACE option enabled.

info

Parsers_File

Path for a parsers configuration file. Multiple Parsers_File entries can be defined within the section.

Plugins_File

Path for a plugins configuration file. A plugins configuration file allows to define paths for external plugins, for an example see here.

Streams_File

Path for the Stream Processor configuration file. To learn more about Stream Processing configuration go here.

HTTP_Server

Enable built-in HTTP Server

Off

HTTP_Listen

Set listening interface for HTTP Server when it's enabled

0.0.0.0

HTTP_Port

Set TCP Port for the HTTP Server

2020

Coro_Stack_Size

Set the coroutines stack size in bytes. The value must be greater than the page size of the running system. Don't set too small value (say 4096), or coroutine threads can overrun the stack buffer.

Do not change the default value of this parameter unless you know what you are doing.

24576

Example

The following is an example of a SERVICE section:

[SERVICE]
Flush 5
Daemon off
Log_Level debug

Input

An INPUT section defines a source (related to an input plugin), here we will describe the base configuration for each INPUT section. Note that each input plugin may add it own configuration keys:

Key

Description

Name

Name of the input plugin.

Tag

Tag name associated to all records comming from this plugin.

The Name is mandatory and it let Fluent Bit know which input plugin should be loaded. The Tag is mandatory for all plugins except for the input forward plugin (as it provides dynamic tags).

Example

The following is an example of an INPUT section:

[INPUT]
Name cpu
Tag my_cpu

Filter

A FILTER section defines a filter (related to an filter plugin), here we will describe the base configuration for each FILTER section. Note that each filter plugin may add it own configuration keys:

Key

Description

Name

Name of the filter plugin.

Match

A pattern to match against the tags of incoming records. It's case sensitive and support the star (*) character as a wildcard.

Match_Regex

A regular expression to match against the tags of incoming records. Use this option if you want to use the full regex syntax.

The Name is mandatory and it let Fluent Bit know which filter plugin should be loaded. The Match or Match_Regex is mandatory for all plugins. If both are specified, Match_Regex takes precedence.

Example

The following is an example of an FILTER section:

[FILTER]
Name stdout
Match *

Output

The OUTPUT section specify a destination that certain records should follow after a Tag match. The configuration support the following keys:

Key

Description

Name

Name of the output plugin.

Match

A pattern to match against the tags of incoming records. It's case sensitive and support the star (*) character as a wildcard.

Match_Regex

A regular expression to match against the tags of incoming records. Use this option if you want to use the full regex syntax.

Example

The following is an example of an OUTPUT section:

[OUTPUT]
Name stdout
Match my*cpu

Example: collecting CPU metrics

The following configuration file example demonstrates how to collect CPU metrics and flush the results every five seconds to the standard output:

[SERVICE]
Flush 5
Daemon off
Log_Level debug
[INPUT]
Name cpu
Tag my_cpu
[OUTPUT]
Name stdout
Match my*cpu

Include File

To avoid complicated long configuration files is better to split specific parts in different files and call them (include) from one main file.

Starting from Fluent Bit 0.12 the new configuration command @INCLUDE has been added and can be used in the following way:

@INCLUDE somefile.conf

The configuration reader will try to open the path somefile.conf, if not found, it will assume it's a relative path based on the path of the base configuration file, e.g:

  • Main configuration file path: /tmp/main.conf

  • Included file: somefile.conf

  • Fluent Bit will try to open somefile.conf, if it fails it will try /tmp/somefile.conf.

The @INCLUDE command only works at top-left level of the configuration line, it cannot be used inside sections.

Wildcard character (*) is supported to include multiple files, e.g:

@INCLUDE input_*.conf