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Latest commit 567882c Feb 13, 2017 @phrocker phrocker committed with apiri MINIFI-195: Convert uuid_unparse usage to uuid_unparse_lower
This will ensure that we use lower case UUIDs. Undefining
the macro won't work and we likely don't want to change
the default behavior.

This closes #50.

Signed-off-by: Aldrin Piri <aldrin@apache.org>


Apache NiFi - MiNiFi - C++ Build Status

MiNiFi is a child project effort of Apache NiFi. This repository is for a native implementation in C++.

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Apache NiFi - MiNiFi C++ is a complementary data collection approach that supplements the core tenets of NiFi in dataflow management, focusing on the collection of data at the source of its creation. The C++ implementation is an additional implementation to the one in Java with the aim of an even smaller resource footprint.

Specific goals for MiNiFi are comprised of:

  • small and lightweight footprint
  • central management of agents
  • generation of data provenance
  • integration with NiFi for follow-on dataflow management and full chain of custody of information

Perspectives of the role of MiNiFi should be from the perspective of the agent acting immediately at, or directly adjacent to, source sensors, systems, or servers.


  • 0.0.1 represents the first release, APIs and interfaces are subject to change
  • Build and usage currently only supports Linux and OS X environments. Providing the needed tooling to support Windows will be established as part of MINIFI-34.
  • Using Site to Site requires the additional manual step of specifying the remote socket. This being autonegotiated through NiFi's REST API is captured in MINIFI-70.
  • The processors currently implemented include:
    • TailFile
    • GetFile
    • GenerateFlowFile
    • LogAttribute
    • ListenSyslog
    • ExecuteProcess
    • AppendHostInfo
  • Provenance events generation is supported and are persisted using levelDB.

System Requirements

To build


  • CMake
    • 2.8 or greater
  • gcc
    • 4.8.4 or greater
  • g++
    • 4.8.4 or greater

Libraries / Development Headers

  • libboost and boost-devel
    • 1.48.0 or greater
  • libleveldb and libleveldb-devel
  • libuuid and uuid-dev
  • openssl

To run


  • libuuid
  • libleveldb
  • libssl and libcrypto from openssl

The needed dependencies can be installed with the following commands for:

Yum based Linux Distributions

# ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
$ yum install cmake \
  gcc gcc-c++ \
  leveldb-devel leveldb \
  libuuid libuuid-devel \
  boost-devel \ libssl-dev

Aptitude based Linux Distributions

# ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
$ apt-get install cmake \
  gcc g++ \
  libleveldb-dev libleveldb1v5 \
  uuid-dev uuid \
  libboost-all-dev libssl-dev

OS X Using Homebrew (with XCode Command Line Tools installed)

# ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
$ brew install cmake \
  leveldb \
  ossp-uuid \
  boost \ openssl

Getting Started


  • From your source checkout, create a directory to perform the build (e.g. build) and cd into that directory.

    # ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
    $ mkdir build
    # ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
    $ cd build
  • Perform a cmake .. to generate the project files

    # ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
    $ cmake ..
    -- Configuring done
    -- Generating done
    -- Build files have been written to: /Users/apiri/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp/build
  • Perform a build

    # ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
    $ make
    Scanning dependencies of target gmock_main
    Scanning dependencies of target gmock
    Scanning dependencies of target minifi
    Scanning dependencies of target gtest
    Scanning dependencies of target yaml-cpp
    [  1%] Building CXX object thirdparty/yaml-cpp-yaml-cpp-0.5.3/test/gmock-1.7.0/gtest/CMakeFiles/gtest.dir/src/gtest-all.cc.o
    [  3%] Building CXX object thirdparty/yaml-cpp-yaml-cpp-0.5.3/test/gmock-1.7.0/CMakeFiles/gmock.dir/gtest/src/gtest-all.cc.o
    [  3%] Building CXX object thirdparty/yaml-cpp-yaml-cpp-0.5.3/test/gmock-1.7.0/CMakeFiles/gmock.dir/src/gmock-all.cc.o
    [  6%] Building CXX object thirdparty/yaml-cpp-yaml-cpp-0.5.3/test/gmock-1.7.0/CMakeFiles/gmock_main.dir/gtest/src/gtest-all.cc.o
    [  6%] Building CXX object thirdparty/yaml-cpp-yaml-cpp-0.5.3/test/gmock-1.7.0/CMakeFiles/gmock_main.dir/src/gmock-all.cc.o
    [  7%] Building CXX object libminifi/CMakeFiles/minifi.dir/src/Configure.cpp.o
    [ 97%] Linking CXX executable minifi
    [ 97%] Built target minifiexe
    [ 98%] Building CXX object thirdparty/yaml-cpp-yaml-cpp-0.5.3/test/CMakeFiles/run-tests.dir/node/node_test.cpp.o
    [100%] Linking CXX executable run-tests
    [100%] Built target run-tests
  • Create a binary assembly located in your build directory with suffix -bin.tar.gz

    $ make package
    Run CPack packaging tool for source...
    CPack: Create package using TGZ
    CPack: Install projects
    CPack: - Install directory: ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp
    CPack: Create package
    CPack: - package: ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp/build/nifi-minifi-cpp-0.1.0-bin.tar.gz generated.
  • Create a source assembly located in your build directory with suffix -source.tar.gz

    $ make package_source
    Run CPack packaging tool for source...
    CPack: Create package using TGZ
    CPack: Install projects
    CPack: - Install directory: ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp
    CPack: Create package
    CPack: - package: ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp/build/nifi-minifi-cpp-0.1.0-source.tar.gz generated.


Remove the build directory created above.

# ~/Development/code/apache/nifi-minifi-cpp on git:master
$ rm -rf ./build


The 'conf' directory in the root contains a template config.yml document.

This is compatible with the format used with the Java MiNiFi application. Currently, a subset of the configuration is supported and MiNiFi C++ is currently compatible with version 1 of the MiNiFi YAML schema. Additional information on the YAML format for the config.yml and schema versioning can be found in the MiNiFi System Administrator Guide.

Additionally, users can utilize the MiNiFi Toolkit Converter (version 0.0.1 - schema version 1) to aid in creating a flow configuration from a generated template exported from a NiFi instance. The MiNiFi Toolkit Converter tool can be downloaded from http://nifi.apache.org/minifi/download.html under the MiNiFi Toolkit Binaries section. Information on its usage is available at https://nifi.apache.org/minifi/minifi-toolkit.html.

Flow Controller:
    name: MiNiFi Flow

    - name: GetFile
      class: org.apache.nifi.processors.standard.GetFile
      max concurrent tasks: 1
      scheduling strategy: TIMER_DRIVEN
      scheduling period: 1 sec
      penalization period: 30 sec
      yield period: 1 sec
      run duration nanos: 0
      auto-terminated relationships list:
          Input Directory: /tmp/getfile
          Keep Source File: true

    - name: TransferFilesToRPG
      source name: GetFile
      source relationship name: success
      destination name: 471deef6-2a6e-4a7d-912a-81cc17e3a204
      max work queue size: 0
      max work queue data size: 1 MB
      flowfile expiration: 60 sec

Remote Processing Groups:
    - name: NiFi Flow
      url: http://localhost:8080/nifi
      timeout: 30 secs
      yield period: 10 sec
      Input Ports:
          - id: 471deef6-2a6e-4a7d-912a-81cc17e3a204
            name: From Node A
            max concurrent tasks: 1
                Port: 10001
                Host Name: localhost

Site2Site Security Configuration

in minifi.properties 

enable tls ssl

if you want to enable client certificate base authorization 
setup the client certificate and private key PEM files
setup the client private key passphrase file
setup the client CA certificate file

if you do not want to enable client certificate base authorization


After completing a build, the application can be run by issuing the following from :

$ ./bin/minifi.sh start

By default, this will make use of a config.yml located in the conf directory. This configuration file location can be altered by adjusting the property nifi.flow.configuration.file in minifi.properties located in the conf directory.


MiNiFi can then be stopped by issuing:

$ ./bin/minifi.sh stop

Installing as a service

MiNiFi can also be installed as a system service using minifi.sh with an optional "service name" (default: minifi)

$ ./bin/minifi.sh install [service name]


See https://nifi.apache.org/minifi for the latest documentation.


Except as otherwise noted this software is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


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