Logstash Introduction

Logstash is an open source data collection engine with real-time pipelining capabilities. Logstash can dynamically unify data from disparate sources and normalize the data into destinations of your choice. Cleanse and democratize all your data for diverse advanced downstream analytics and visualization use cases.


While Logstash originally drove innovation in log collection, its capabilities extend well beyond that use case. Any type of event can be enriched and transformed with a broad array of input, filter, and output plugins, with many native codecs further simplifying the ingestion process. Logstash accelerates your insights by harnessing a greater volume and variety of data.



The Power of Logstash

The ingestion workhorse for Elasticsearch and more

Horizontally scalable data processing pipeline with strong Elasticsearch and Kibana synergy


Pluggable pipeline architecture

Mix, match, and orchestrate different inputs, filters, and outputs to play in pipeline harmony


Community-extensible and developer-friendly plugin ecosystem

Over 200 plugins available, plus the flexibility of creating and contributing your own


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Logstash Loves Data

Collect more, so you can know more. Logstash welcomes data of all shapes and sizes.

Logs and Metrics

Where it all started.

  • Handle all types of logging data
  • Easily ingest a multitude of web logs like​​Apache​​​, and application logs like​​log4j​​ for Java
  • Capture many other log formats like​​syslog​​, networking and firewall logs, and more

The Web

Unlock the World Wide Web.

  • Consume from web service firehoses like​​Twitter​​ for social sentiment analysis
  • Webhook support for GitHub, HipChat, JIRA, and countless other applications
  • Enables many​​Watcher​​ alerting use cases
  • Universally capture health, performance, metrics, and other types of data from web application interfaces
  • Perfect for scenarios where the control of polling is preferred over receiving

Data Stores and Streams

Discover more value from the data you already own.

Sensors and IoT

Explore an expansive breadth of other data.

  • In this age of technological advancement, the massive IoT world unleashes endless use cases through capturing and harnessing data from connected sensors.
  • Logstash is the common event collection backbone for ingestion of data shipped from mobile devices to intelligent homes, connected vehicles, healthcare sensors, and many other industry specific applications.


Easily Enrich Everything

The better the data, the better the knowledge. Clean and transform your data during ingestion to gain near real-time insights immediately at index or output time. Logstash comes out-of-box with many aggregations and mutations along with pattern matching, geo mapping, and dynamic lookup capabilities.

See ​​Transforming Data​​ for an overview of some of the popular data processing plugins.