Does logstash support having a list/array in root (top level) of the event

We have input data like this message:[{key1:value1},{key2:value2}]
and we need value of message, which is a list, directly on root of event (to use as zipkin storage) without any additional field.
I tried using json filter,

filter {
  if [type] == "tracing" {
    json {
      source => "message"
      skip_on_invalid_json => true
      remove_field => [ "message" ]

output {
  if [type] == "tracing" {
    elasticsearch {
      hosts => ["${ELASTIC_HOST}"]
      index => "tracing-%{+YYYY.MM.dd}"

Here without target, which ideally should move value of message to root of event, but I get error Parsed JSON object/hash requires a target configuration option

Your JSON is an array. logstash is telling you that the array has to have a name.

What do you want to event to look like?

Expected event format


Basically zipkin wanted to consume it from elasticsearch and list is what it requires.
Here is a similar discussion - Logstash Filter Json To Array of Json - #6 by Badger but in my case output is elasticsearch I don't think I can use codec => plain { format => "[ %{[@metadata][string]}

You cannot have an array at the top level of an event.

Thanks @Badger we will see some other alternatives

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