How to prevent json parsing of a field in Logstash?


I am using Logstasg GA 6.3.0. I am taking data from a kafka topic like below;

input {
		group_id => "mygroup"
		topics => ["mytopic"]
		bootstrap_servers => ""
		codec => "json"

everything is working fine. My data has many fields like field_a, field_b etc, which gets automatically parsed with the help of JSON codec. one of my fields field_c has another JSON data in it. Logstash also parses that and I can see the child elements as attributes in Kibana. I don't want that. I want that JSON as plain text, which means Logshash should not tokenize field_c. Is this possible?


I don't think you can prevent it parsing it, but you could use the json_encode plugin to overwrite it with serialized JSON.

Hi @Badger , when I looked into the documentations, I was able to see add_field, add_tag, enable_metric, id, periodic_flush, remove_field, and remove_tag options. Could you kindly tell me what should I use here, and how to use?

You do not need to use the "Common Options". Just try

json_encode { source => "field_c" }

and it will overwrite field_c with its serialized version.

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