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Short Description
fluentd setup to use the elastic search plugin and user customizable elastic search host/container.
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Base docker image to run fluentd, with the ElasticSearch plugin.

The latest tag will use the latest version of openfirmware/fluentd and the latest version of fluentd-elasticsearch.

The 2.2.0 tag will lock fluentd td-agent to v2.2.0, and fluentd-elasticsearch to the latest version.

The 2.2.0-0.9.0 tag will lock fluentd td-agent to v2.2.0, and fluentd-elasticsearch to version 0.9.0.

Building a tagged release from Github

As an alternative to the Docker Registry, an image can be created from my Github repository:

# docker build -t openfirmware/fluentd-elasticsearch

Once built, the image will be available locally as openfirmware/fluentd-elasticsearch. The command can be re-run to update the image with any changes to the Dockerfile.

Running fluentd

Run the following command to start fluentd:

# docker run -d -p 8888:8888 -p 24224:24224 openfirmware/fluentd-elasticsearch

By default, the plugin will assume these details for ElasticSearch:

host: localhost
port: 9200
index_name: fluentd
type_name: fluentd

These are almost certainly not useful unless you are using a different base image that includes ElasticSearch. Instead, customize the settings using environment variables as explained in the following sections.

Running fluentd with a remote ElasticSearch host

With ElasticSearch running on and port 9500:

# docker run -d -p 8888:8888 -p 24224:24224 -e ES_HOST="" -e ES_PORT="9500" openfirmware/fluentd-elasticsearch

Environment Variables you can customize:


Host IP or address for ElasticSearch. Multiple hosts are not supported in this Dockerfile currently. Defaults to $ELASTICSEARCH_PORT_9200_TCP_ADDR then localhost.


Host port for ElasticSearch. Defaults to $ELASTICSEARCH_PORT_9200_TCP_PORT then 9200.


Index name for ElasticSearch. Defaults to fluentd.


Type name for ElasticSearch. Defaults to fluentd.

Running fluentd with a local container running ElasticSearch

Docker supports linking named containers together, allowing IPs and ports to be automatically configured from random values. Let's assume ElasticSearch is running in another docker container:

# docker run -d --name=elasticsearch dockerfile/elasticsearch

That container has the name elasticsearch and has the ports 9200 and 9300 exposed but not bound. We can link it to fluentd-elasticsearch:

# docker run -d -p 8888:8888 -p 24224:24224 --link elasticsearch:elasticsearch openfirmware/fluentd-elasticsearch

This will feed the IP and port from the elasticsearch container as default values instead of localhost and 9200.


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