Build and Install

Fluent Bit uses CMake as it build system. The suggested procedure to prepare the build system consists on the following steps:

Prepare environment

In the following steps you can find exact commands to build and install the project with the default options. If you already know how CMake works you can skip this part and look at the build options available.

Change to the build/ directory inside the Fluent Bit sources:

$ cd build/

Let CMake configure the project specifying where the root path is located:

$ cmake ../
-- The C compiler identification is GNU 4.9.2
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc -- works
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info - done
-- The CXX compiler identification is GNU 4.9.2
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++ -- works
-- Could NOT find Doxygen (missing:  DOXYGEN_EXECUTABLE)
-- Looking for accept4
-- Looking for accept4 - not found
-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: /home/edsiper/coding/fluent-bit/build

Now you are ready to start the compilation process through the simple make command:

$ make
Scanning dependencies of target msgpack
[  2%] Building C object lib/msgpack-1.1.0/CMakeFiles/msgpack.dir/src/unpack.c.o
[  4%] Building C object lib/msgpack-1.1.0/CMakeFiles/msgpack.dir/src/objectc.c.o
[  7%] Building C object lib/msgpack-1.1.0/CMakeFiles/msgpack.dir/src/version.c.o
[ 19%] Building C object lib/monkey/mk_core/CMakeFiles/mk_core.dir/mk_file.c.o
[ 21%] Building C object lib/monkey/mk_core/CMakeFiles/mk_core.dir/mk_rconf.c.o
[ 23%] Building C object lib/monkey/mk_core/CMakeFiles/mk_core.dir/mk_string.c.o
Scanning dependencies of target fluent-bit-static
[ 66%] Building C object src/CMakeFiles/fluent-bit-static.dir/flb_pack.c.o
[ 69%] Building C object src/CMakeFiles/fluent-bit-static.dir/flb_input.c.o
[ 71%] Building C object src/CMakeFiles/fluent-bit-static.dir/flb_output.c.o
Linking C executable ../bin/fluent-bit
[100%] Built target fluent-bit-bin

to continue installing the binary on the system just do:

$ make install

it's likely you may need root privileges so you can try to prefixing the command with sudo.

Build Options

Fluent Bit provides certain options to CMake that can be enabled or disabled when configuring, please refer to the following tables under the General Options, Development Options, Input Plugins and _Output Plugins sections.

General Options

Development Options

Input Plugins

The input plugins provides certain features to gather information from a specific source type which can be a network interface, some built-in metric or through a specific input device, the following input plugins are available:

Filter Plugins

The filter plugins allows to modify, enrich or drop records. The following table describes the filters available on this version:

Output Plugins

The output plugins gives the capacity to flush the information to some external interface, service or terminal, the following table describes the output plugins available as of this version:

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