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Fluent Bit Plugin for CloudWatch Logs

A Fluent Bit output plugin for CloudWatch Logs

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Run make to build ./bin/ Then use with Fluent Bit:

./fluent-bit -e ./ -i cpu \
-o cloudwatch \
-p "region=us-west-2" \
-p "log_group_name=fluent-bit-cloudwatch" \
-p "log_stream_name=testing" \
-p "auto_create_group=true"

Plugin Options

  • region: The AWS region.
  • log_group_name: The name of the CloudWatch Log Group that you want log records sent to.
  • log_stream_name: The name of the CloudWatch Log Stream that you want log records sent to.
  • log_stream_prefix: Prefix for the Log Stream name. The tag is appended to the prefix to construct the full log stream name. Not compatible with the log_stream_name option.
  • log_key: By default, the whole log record will be sent to CloudWatch. If you specify a key name with this option, then only the value of that key will be sent to CloudWatch. For example, if you are using the Fluentd Docker log driver, you can specify log_key log and only the log message will be sent to CloudWatch.
  • role_arn: ARN of an IAM role to assume (for cross account access).
  • auto_create_group: Automatically create the log group. Valid values are "true" or "false" (case insensitive). Defaults to false.
  • endpoint: Specify a custom endpoint for the CloudWatch Logs API.

Note: The plugin will always create the log stream, if it does not exist.


This plugin requires the following permissions:

  • CreateLogGroup (if auto_create_group is set to true)
  • CreateLogStream
  • DescribeLogStreams
  • PutLogEvents


This plugin uses the AWS SDK Go, and uses its default credential provider chain. If you are using the plugin on Amazon EC2 or Amazon ECS or Amazon EKS, the plugin will use your EC2 instance role or ECS Task role permissions or EKS IAM Roles for Service Accounts for pods. The plugin can also retrieve credentials from a shared credentials file, or from the standard AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, AWS_SESSION_TOKEN environment variables.

Environment Variables

  • FLB_LOG_LEVEL: Set the log level for the plugin. Valid values are: debug, info, and error (case insensitive). Default is info. Note: Setting log level in the Fluent Bit Configuration file using the Service key will not affect the plugin log level (because the plugin is external).
  • SEND_FAILURE_TIMEOUT: Allows you to configure a timeout if the plugin can not send logs to CloudWatch. The timeout is specified as a Golang duration, for example: 5m30s. If the plugin has failed to make any progress for the given period of time, then it will exit and kill Fluent Bit. This is useful in scenarios where you want your logging solution to fail fast if it has been misconfigured (i.e. network or credentials have not been set up to allow it to send to CloudWatch).

Fluent Bit Versions

This plugin has been tested with Fluent Bit 1.2.0+. It may not work with older Fluent Bit versions. We recommend using the latest version of Fluent Bit as it will contain the newest features and bug fixes.

Example Fluent Bit Config File

    Name        forward
    Port        24224

    Name cloudwatch
    Match   *
    region us-east-1
    log_group_name fluent-bit-cloudwatch
    log_stream_prefix from-fluent-bit-
    auto_create_group true

AWS for Fluent Bit

We distribute a container image with Fluent Bit and these plugins.


Docker Hub


Amazon ECR

You can use our SSM Public Parameters to find the Amazon ECR image URI in your region:

aws ssm get-parameters-by-path --path /aws/service/aws-for-fluent-bit/

For more see our docs.


This library is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.

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