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BeatBox

A simple node app to help you monitor and analyse your server logs

The UI

BeatBox UI

Quickstart

1. Clone

git clone git@github.com:jjcosgrove/beatbox.git .

2. Build

make

3. Run

npm start

Requirements

These should already be installed either locally, or via Docker so that you can integrate with BeatBox using the appropriate configurations.

Configuration

Let's say you wish to run BeatBox locally on your main machine and that you already have an instance of MongoDB running on 127.0.0.1:27017, along with Filebeat and Logstash running on 127.0.0.1 and 127.0.0.1:9300

The various configs may look something like:

Filebeat: filebeat.yml

filebeat:
    prospectors:
        -
            paths:
                - "/var/log/nginx/access.log"
            document_type: nginx
            tail_files: true
        -
            paths:
                - "/var/log/php/php7-fpm.log"
            document_type: php-fpm
            tail_files: true
        -
            paths:
                - "/var/log/system.log"
            document_type: system
            tail_files: true

output:
    logstash:
        hosts: ["127.0.0.1:9300"]

Logstash: logstash.conf

input {
   beats {
     type => beats
     port => 9300
   }
}
output {
   http {
    codec => "json"
    http_method => "put"
    format => "json"
    url => ["http://127.0.0.1:9999/api/beats"]
   }
}

BeatBox: config.yml

# main BeatBox settings
bb_host                 : 127.0.0.1
bb_port                 : 9999

# filebeat/logstash timestamp field. must be ISO8601/moment() friendly
# i suggest you leave this as it, during initial testing. it is used
# to calculate 'epoch' which is in turn used for all UI timescaling/queries...
bb_beat_timestamp_field : @timestamp

# front-end/ui
bb_ui_date_format       : DD-MMM-Y  # via moment()
bb_ui_available_range   : 30        # days (or all available, whichever is smallest)
bb_ui_initial_range     : 3         # days (or all available, whichever is smallest)
bb_ui_beat_direction    : -1        # -1 = age ascending (newest at top), 1 = age descending (oldest at top)

# mongodb
bb_mongo_host           : 127.0.0.1
bb_mongo_port           : 27017
bb_mongo_db             : beatbox
bb_mongo_db_collection  : beats

Following the installation steps, you should then start seeing your logs come through. There is a small delay (3-5 seconds), presumably due to the chain: Filebeat > Logstash > BeatBox > UI. This may be simple to reduce but depends on your configuration/setup.

Docker & Docker Compose

There is an 'auto-build' Docker image based on this repo, which can be found at:

https://hub.docker.com/r/jjcosgrove/beatbox/

Alternatively, there are also docker-compose.yml files in the 'extras' folder of this repo. For e.g: simply running the following in the project root:

docker-compose --file extras/docker/docker-compose-build.yml --project-name beatbox up

Should be sufficient to give you a full stack (except Filebeat of course which should be pushing logs to the resulting Logstash instance, which in turn feeds BeatBox via the API endpoint: /api/beats)

Contribute

Bugs or feature requests/contributions can be done via: https://github.com/jjcosgrove/beatbox/issues

Authors

  • Just me for now