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[DEPRECATED] CEF (Common Event Format) input plugin for Graylog
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This project has been merged into graylog2-server, see #21

Please use the issue tracker in the graylog2-server repository for any feature requests or bug reports.

Graylog CEF message input

Build Status

Graylog input plugin to receive CEF logs via UDP or TCP. Install the plugin and launch a new CEF input from System -> Inputs in your Graylog Web Interface.

This plugin is strictly following the CEF standard and will probably not work with non-compliant messages. Please open an issue in this repository in case of any problems.

Required Graylog version: 2.4.x and later


Since Graylog Version 2.4.0 this plugin is already included in the Graylog server installation package as default plugin.

Download the plugin and place the .jar file in your Graylog plugin directory. The plugin directory is the plugins/ folder relative from your graylog-server directory by default and can be configured in your graylog.conf file.

Restart graylog-server and you are done.


Reading CEF embedded in syslog envelopes

Some systems will send CEF as part of a RFC compliant syslog message. In this case, you can just start a CEF Message Input from System -> Inputs and you are done.

Parsing raw CEF or CEF embedded in any other envelopes

If the envelope is not syslog or the CEF message is not in an envelope at all, you can use the Graylog Processing Pipelines and the parse_cef function this plugin provides:

  1. Use a pipeline rule to parse out the CEF part of the message (for example, using regex) and then apply the parse_cef() function on that extracted string.
  2. If desired, use a second pipeline step to rename the cef_ prefixed message fields to something easier to use and easier to remember.


This project is using Maven 3 and requires Java 8 or higher.

  • Clone this repository.
  • Run mvn package to build a JAR file.
  • Optional: Run mvn jdeb:jdeb and mvn rpm:rpm to create a DEB and RPM package respectively.
  • Copy generated JAR file in target directory to your Graylog plugin directory.
  • Restart Graylog.

Plugin Release

We are using the maven release plugin:

$ mvn release:prepare
$ mvn release:perform

This sets the version numbers, creates a tag and pushes to GitHub. Travis CI will build the release artifacts and upload to GitHub automatically.

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