Logstash Plugin

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This is a plugin for Logstash.

It is fully free and fully open source. The license is Apache 2.0, meaning you are pretty much free to use it however you want in whatever way.

Required S3 Permissions

This plugin reads from your S3 bucket, and would require the following permissions applied to the AWS IAM Policy being used:

  • s3:ListBucket to check if the S3 bucket exists and list objects in it.
  • s3:GetObject to check object metadata and download objects from S3 buckets.

You might also need s3:DeleteObject when setting S3 input to delete on read. And the s3:CreateBucket permission to create a backup bucket unless already exists. In addition, when backup_to_bucket is used, the s3:PutObject action is also required.

For buckets that have versioning enabled, you might need to add additional permissions.

More information about S3 permissions can be found at - http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonS3/latest/dev/using-with-s3-actions.html


Logstash provides infrastructure to automatically generate documentation for this plugin. We use the asciidoc format to write documentation so any comments in the source code will be first converted into asciidoc and then into html. All plugin documentation are placed under one central location.

  • For formatting code or config example, you can use the asciidoc [source,ruby] directive
  • For more asciidoc formatting tips, see the excellent reference here https://github.com/elastic/docs#asciidoc-guide

Need Help?

Need help? Try #logstash on freenode IRC or the https://discuss.elastic.co/c/logstash discussion forum.


1. Plugin Development and Testing


  • To get started, you’ll need JRuby with the Bundler gem installed.

  • Create a new plugin or clone and existing from the GitHub logstash-plugins organization. We also provide example plugins.

  • Install dependencies sh bundle install


  • Update your dependencies

sh bundle install

  • Run tests

sh bundle exec rspec

2. Running your unpublished Plugin in Logstash

2.1 Run in a local Logstash clone

  • Edit Logstash Gemfile and add the local plugin path, for example: ruby gem "logstash-filter-awesome", :path => "/your/local/logstash-filter-awesome"
  • Install plugin ```sh # Logstash 2.3 and higher bin/logstash-plugin install –no-verify

Prior to Logstash 2.3

bin/plugin install –no-verify

- Run Logstash with your plugin sh bin/logstash -e ‘filter {}’ ``` At this point any modifications to the plugin code will be applied to this local Logstash setup. After modifying the plugin, simply rerun Logstash.

2.2 Run in an installed Logstash

You can use the same 2.1 method to run your plugin in an installed Logstash by editing its Gemfile and pointing the :path to your local plugin development directory or you can build the gem and install it using:

  • Build your plugin gem sh gem build logstash-filter-awesome.gemspec
  • Install the plugin from the Logstash home ```sh # Logstash 2.3 and higher bin/logstash-plugin install –no-verify

Prior to Logstash 2.3

bin/plugin install –no-verify

``` - Start Logstash and proceed to test the plugin


All contributions are welcome: ideas, patches, documentation, bug reports, complaints, and even something you drew up on a napkin.

Programming is not a required skill. Whatever you’ve seen about open source and maintainers or community members saying “send patches or die” - you will not see that here.

It is more important to the community that you are able to contribute.

For more information about contributing, see the CONTRIBUTING file.