How to test performance of filebeat

(Nipun Ahuja) #1

Hi Everyone,

I am new to the ELK Stack. I wanted to know if we could test the performance of filebeat. I am developing a system that would have a huge amount of logs generated within a short amount of time. Therefore, it is imperative for me to know what amount of logs can filebeat send or handle. I know it depends on the hardware as well but still how should I test this? Also, if there is way to optimize this, how should I go about that. Just for information, I am using filebeat version 1.2.3

Nipun Ahuja

(ruflin) #2

You could be interested in this Github issue:

(Steffen Siering) #3

Performance will pretty much depend on your complete chain of processing. Filebeat itself can tail files pretty fast. Especially when content is still in file cache. But once you add logstash, redis, kafka or elasticsearch, performance will highly depend on network and ingest rate of your destination, as filebeat will slow down on back-pressure.

For testing you first need a source. 2 Options:

  1. a prepared few hundred megabytes log files
  2. acustom script writing random log lines with configurable rate simulating a real process (rate can be dynamic for simulating peek times)

Having a prepared log-file gives you an easy start. E.g. NASA HTTP log. You can multiply log files by copying content multiple times in destination log file like $ cat in.log in.log in.log > test.log.

filebeat can export some stats via -httpprof :6060 flag. Use script to collect some stats.

See this post for some more tips and how to use script.

There is also collectbeat, another beat collecting same information as, but forwards to elasticsearch. I use it with master branch, so no idea if it works with 1.x release.

(system) #4

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