[SOLVED] Multiple Instances for Logstash


I'm using two Instances of Logstash on one Debian Server and I want to upgrade to v5. I'm using the repositories 2.3 now. With version 2.3 all I had to do was copy and edit the init script files and using two different config folders. Is there a easy way of doing this with version 5.0?
I copied the /etc/systemd/system/logstash.service and edited it this way:

# Load env vars from /etc/default/ and /etc/sysconfig/ if they exist.
# Prefixing the path with '-' makes it try to load, but if the file doesn't
# exist, it continues onward.
ExecStart=/usr/share/logstash/bin/logstash "--path.settings" "/etc/logstash/conf.shipper"


I also copied logstash.yml, startup.option and log4j.properties in /etc/logstash/conf.shipper but this wont help. Can someone help me with installing multiple logstash5 instances?

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There's a terrific way to do this.

You should make a duplicate of the /etc/logstash directory somewhere, or at least copy log4j2.properties, logstash.yml, and startup.options to a new directory.

You should edit the configuration in logstash.yml and startup.options so that path.data and path.logs are separate from the others, so as not to cause collisions. I use a subdirectory of /var/log/logstash. You need to define where path.config is, which is your path to logstash pipeline configuration files (like /etc/logstash/conf.d). If you plan on monitoring Logstash, you may want to manually set the http.port and/or http.host so you know which instance is which. If you do not set path.data to be different, there are potential collisions from plugins stored data, but that will depend on configuration.

In startup.options, you at need to define LS_SETTINGS_DIR to point to where you put logstash.yml and such, plus SERVICE_NAME and SERVICE_DESCRIPTION (I use logstash_in for both options on one instance, and logstash_out for both on my other instance). If LS_HOME is the package dir of /usr/share/logstash, then you can either hard-code or leave it blank.

Now, if you've made these edits to this directory, you can create another systemd instance (like the one you have) by running:

/usr/share/logstash/bin/system-install /path/to/settings/dir

You should then be able to run systemctl status ${SERVICE_NAME} substituting whatever you used for SERVICE_NAME and see the status.

Sorry for the rough instructions. Haven't made the blog post detailing this process yet.

UPDATE: This method can still be used, though its applications may be more limited. The suggested method now in 6.x is to use pipelines.yml and have a single instance of Logstash run multiple, separate pipelines in parallel. With this approach, you don't need to have separate JVMs to have independent pipelines. Of course, if you want it that way, the above description still works.


Hi Aaron,

sorry for late reply. It worked lika a charm.

Thanks a lot!

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