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Test your logstash configuration

The logstash configuration can become quite complex. Some hints how to tryout if the configuration is not working.

  • use the --configtest option
  • use the --debug option
  • use the stdout output plugin to check the outcome of the filter plugins

Use --configtest

C:\tools\logstash-1.5.1\bin>logstash.bat -f demo.conf --configtest
Configuration OK

logstash under Linux with --debug option

./logstash -f demo.conf --debug

Check the outcome of input and filter using stdout, additionally with output as json

output {
	# stdout {}
	stdout { codec => "json" }
}

Another codec of interest:

stdout { codec => "rubydebug" }