Helm is a tool for managing packages of pre-configured Kubernetes resources using Charts. Logzio-fluentd allows you to ship logs from your Kubernetes cluster to Logz.io, using Fluentd. Fluentd is flexible enough and has the proper plugins to distribute logs to different third parties such as Logz.io.

The chart defaults to configuration for Conatinerd CRI. If your cluster uses Docker as CRI, please refer to daemonset.containerdRuntime in the configuration table.

Deploying the Chart

Create a monitoring namespace

Your DaemonSet will be deployed under the namespace monitoring.

kubectl create namespace monitoring
Add logzio-fluentd repo to your helm repo list
helm repo add logzio-helm https://logzio.github.io/logzio-helm

The following command will install the Chart with the default values. If you wish to change some of the values, add to this command --set flag(s) with the parameter(s) you’d like to change. For more information & example, see the configuration table. You can learn more about the ways you can customise the Chart’s values here.

Replace <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>> with the token of the account you want to ship to.

Replace <<LISTENER-HOST>> with your account’s listener host. You can find your listener in your manage tokens page.

helm install -n monitoring \
--set secrets.logzioShippingToken='<<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>' \
--set secrets.logzioListener='<<LISTENER-HOST>>' \
logzio-fluentd logzio-helm/logzio-fluentd
Check Logz.io for your logs

Give your logs some time to get from your system to ours, and then open Logz.io.


This table contains all the parameters in values.yaml. If you wish to change the default values, specify each parameter using the --set key=value argument to helm install in step 2. For example:

helm install -n monitoring \
  --set terminationGracePeriodSeconds=40 \
  --set daemonset.logzioLogLevel=debug \
  --set-file configmap.extraConfig=/path/to/config.yaml \
  logzio-fluentd logzio-helm/logzio-fluentd
Parameter Description Default
image The logzio-fluentd docker image. logzio/logzio-fluentd
imageTag The logzio-fluentd docker image tag. 1.0.1
nameOverride Overrides the Chart name for resources. ""
fullnameOverride Overrides the full name of the resources. ""
apiVersions.daemonset Daemonset API version. apps/v1
apiVersions.serviceAccount Service Account API version. v1
apiVersions.clusterRole Cluster Role API version. rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
apiVersions.clusterRoleBinding Cluster Role Binding API version. rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
apiVersions.configmap Configmap API version. v1
apiVersions.secret Secret API version. v1
namespace Chart’s namespace. monitoring
isRBAC Specifies whether the Chart should be compatible to a RBAC cluster. If you’re running on a non-RBAC cluster, set to false. true
serviceAccount.name Name of the service account. ""
daemonset.tolerations Set tolerations for all DaemonSet pods. See values.yaml.
daemonset.fluentdSystemdConf Controls whether Fluentd system messages will be enabled. disable
daemonset.fluentdPrometheusConf Controls the launch of a prometheus plugin that monitors Fluentd. disable
daemonset.includeNamespace Use if you wish to send logs from specific k8s namespaces, space delimited. Should be in the following format: kubernetes.var.log.containers.**_<<NAMESPACE-TO-INCLUDE>>_** kubernetes.var.log.containers.**_<<ANOTHER-NAMESPACE>>_**. ""
daemonset.kubernetesVerifySsl Enables to validate SSL certificates. true
daemonset.auditLogFormat Match Fluentd’s format for kube-apiserver audit logs. Set to audit-json if your audit logs are in json format. audit
daemonset.containerdRuntime Determines whether to use a configuration for a Containerd runtime. Set to false if your cluster doesn’t use Containerd as CRI. true
daemonset.logzioBufferType Specifies which plugin to use as the backend. file
daemonset.logzioBufferPath Path of the buffer. /var/log/fluentd-buffers/stackdriver.buffer
daemonset.logzioOverflowAction Controls the behavior when the queue becomes full. block
daemonset.logzioChunkLimitSize Maximum size of a chunk allowed. 2M
daemonset.logzioQueueLimitLength Maximum length of the output queue. 6
daemonset.logzioFlushInterval Interval, in seconds, to wait before invoking the next buffer flush. 5s
daemonset.logzioRetryMaxInterval Maximum interval, in seconds, to wait between retries. 30
daemonset.logzioRetryForever If true, plugin will retry flushing forever true
daemonset.logzioFlushThreadCount Number of threads to flush the buffer. 2
daemonset.logzioLogLevel The log level for this container. info
daemonset.extraEnv If needed, more env vars can be added with this field. []
daemonset.resources Allows you to set the resources for Fluentd Daemonset. See values.yaml.
daemonset.extraVolumeMounts If needed, more volume mounts can be added with this field. []
daemonset.terminationGracePeriodSeconds Termination period (in seconds) to wait before killing Fluentd pod process on pod shutdown. 30
daemonset.extraVolumes If needed, more volumes can be added with this field. []
daemonset.init.extraVolumeMounts If needed, more volume mounts to the init container can be added with this field. []
clusterRole.rules Configurable cluster role rules that Fluentd uses to access Kubernetes resources. See values.yaml.
secrets.logzioShippingToken Secret with your logzio shipping token. ""
secrets.logzioListener Secret with your logzio listener host. listener.logz.io. " "
configMapIncludes Initial includes for fluent.conf. See values.yaml.
configmap.extraConfig If needed, more Fluentd configuration can be added with this field. {}
configmap.fluent Configuration for fluent.conf. See values.yaml.
configmap.kubernetes Configuration for kubernetes.conf. See values.yaml.
configmap.system Configuration for system.conf. See values.yaml.
configmap.systemd Configuration for systemd.conf. See values.yaml.
configmap.kubernetesContainerd Configuration for kubernetes-containerd.conf. This is the configuration that’s being used when daemonset.containerdRuntime is set to true See values.yaml.
configmap.audit Configuration for audit.conf. See values.yaml.
configmap.auditJson Configuration for audit-json.conf. This is the configuration that’s being used when daemonset.auditLogFormat is set to audit-json See values.yaml.

Note: If you’re adding your own configuration file via configmap.extraConfig: - Add a --set-file flag to your helm install command, as seen in the example above. - Make sure that the yaml file with your configuration is in the following format:

my-custom-conf-name.conf: |-
	# .....
	# your config
	# .....
my-custom-conf-name2.conf: |-
	# .....
	# your config
	# .....

Uninstalling the Chart

The command removes all the k8s components associated with the chart and deletes the release.

To uninstall the logzio-fluentd deployment:

helm uninstall -n monitoring logzio-fluentd

Configuring Fluentd to concatenate multiline logs using a plugin

Fluentd splits multiline logs by default. If your original logs span multiple lines, you may find that they arrive in your Logz.io account split into several partial logs.

The Logz.io Docker image comes with a pre-built Fluentd filter plug-in that can be used to concatenate multiline logs. The plug-in is named fluent-plugin-concat and you can view the full list of configuration options in the GitHub project.


The following is an example of a multiline log sent from a deployment on a k8s cluster:

2021-02-08 09:37:51,031 - errorLogger - ERROR - Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./code.py", line 25, in my_func
ZeroDivisionError: division by zero

Fluentd’s default configuration will split the above log into 4 logs, 1 for each line of the original log. In other words, each line break (\n) causes a split.

To avoid this, you can use the fluent-plugin-concat and customize the configuration to meet your needs. The additional configuration is added to:

  • kubernetes.conf for RBAC/non-RBAC DaemonSet
  • kubernetes-containerd.conf for Containerd DaemonSet

For the above example, we could use the following regex expressions to demarcate the start and end of our example log:

<filter **>
  @type concat
  key message # The key for part of multiline log
  multiline_start_regexp /^[0-9]{4}-[0-9]{2}-[0-9]{2}/ # This regex expression identifies line starts.