Nginx is a web server that can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, mail proxy and HTTP cache. Deploy this integration to ship Nginx metrics, including Plus API, Plus, Stream STS, VTS. This integration allows you to send nginx logs to your Logz.io SIEM account.

Filebeat configuration

Before you begin, you’ll need:

Download the Logz.io public certificate to your credentials server

For HTTPS shipping, download the Logz.io public certificate to your certificate authority folder.

sudo curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/logzio/public-certificates/master/AAACertificateServices.crt --create-dirs -o /etc/pki/tls/certs/COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt
Add nginx as an input

In the Filebeat configuration file (/etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml), add nginx to the filebeat.inputs section.

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

# ...
filebeat.inputs:
- type: log
  paths:
  - /var/log/nginx/access.log

  fields:
    logzio_codec: plain

    # Your Logz.io account token. You can find your token at
    #  https://app.logz.io/#/dashboard/settings/manage-accounts
    token: <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>
    type: nginx_access
  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 3h

- type: log
  paths:
  - /var/log/nginx/error.log

  fields:
    logzio_codec: plain

    # Your Logz.io account token. You can find your token at
    #  https://app.logz.io/#/dashboard/settings/manage-accounts
    token: <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>
    type: nginx_error
  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 3h

If you’re running Filebeat 8.1+, the type of the filebeat.inputs is filestream instead of logs:

filebeat.inputs:
- type: filestream
  paths:
    - /var/log/*.log

If you’re running Filebeat 7, paste this code block. Otherwise, you can leave it out.

# ... For Filebeat 7 only ...
filebeat.registry.path: /var/lib/filebeat
processors:
- rename:
    fields:
    - from: "agent"
      to: "filebeat_agent"
    ignore_missing: true
- rename:
    fields:
    - from: "log.file.path"
      to: "source"
    ignore_missing: true

If you’re running Filebeat 6, paste this code block.

# ... For Filebeat 6 only ...
registry_file: /var/lib/filebeat/registry

The above assumes the following defaults for Access logs:

  • Log location - /var/log/nginx/access.log
  • Log type - nginx, nginx_access, or nginx-access

Defaults for Error logs:

  • Log location - /var/log/nginx/error.log
  • Log type - nginx-error
Set Logz.io as the output

If Logz.io is not an output, add it now. Remove all other outputs.

Replace <<LISTENER-HOST>> with the host for your region. For example, listener.logz.io if your account is hosted on AWS US East, or listener-nl.logz.io if hosted on Azure West Europe.

# ...
output.logstash:
  hosts: ["<<LISTENER-HOST>>:5015"]
  ssl:
    certificate_authorities: ['/etc/pki/tls/certs/COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt']
Start Filebeat

Start or restart Filebeat for the changes to take effect.

Check Logz.io for your logs

Confirm you’re shipping logs by opening an nginx-hosted webpage in your browser. Give your logs some time to get from your system to ours, and then open Kibana.

You can search for type:nginx OR nginx_access OR nginx-access OR nginx-error to filter for your logs. Your logs should be already parsed thanks to the Logz.io preconfigured parsing pipeline.

If you still don’t see your logs, see log shipping troubleshooting.