An Http input for Logstash <= 1.4.x (using Jetty). Logstash 1.5.0 now includes a built in http input plugin:
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An HTTP input for Logstash <= 1.4.x (using Jetty)


Logstash 1.5.0 is introducing an official http input. Considering this, and the fact that I'm no longer using this plugin in my own work; I'm recommending >= 1.5.x users should switch to the official plugin.


Instantiates Jetty on the specified host and port, and applies the configured codec (plain by default) to the PUT or POST request body.

Build / Fetch dependencies

Run ./gradlew (or gradlew.bat) to assemble.

This will download the dependencies, add the right jetty version to http.rb and put http.rb in a (somewhat proper) plugin folder: build/plugins/logstash/inputs/.


Run ./gradlew install -PinstallDir=dirToCopyTheContentsOfBuildTo to install.

This will do everything in assemble, but also copy the files to a destination of your choosing. You probably want this to be your logstash install dir.


The default configuration as represented in the logstash configuration file format:

input {
  http {
    host => ""
    maxFormSize => 200000
    acceptQueueSize => 0

host - The address to listen on. Default: ""

port - The port to listen on. No Default, required

maxFormSize - The maximum form size for Jetty in bytes. Default 200000 (set to -1 for no max size)

acceptQueueSize - The accept queue size for the default server connector. Default 0 (Which defers to the implementation default, currently 50)


If I have the logstash tarball extracted to ../logstash-1.4.2, I can simply run: ./gradlew install -PinstallDir=../logstash-1.4.2/ to install the http input.

To test:

cd ../logstash-1.4.2
bin/logstash -p plugins -e 'input { http { port => 8090 } } output { stdout { codec => rubydebug } }'

Which should show something like:

2014-04-01 16:53:38.805:INFO::Ruby-0-Thread-3: ../logstash-1.4.2/vendor/bundle/jruby/1.9/gems/stud-0.0.17/lib/stud/task.rb:10: Logging initialized @4347ms
Using milestone 0 input plugin 'http'. This plugin isn't well supported by the community and likely has no maintainer. For more information on plugin milestones, see {:level=>:warn}
2014-04-01 16:53:43.942:INFO:oejs.Server:<http: jetty-9.1.3.v20140225
2014-04-01 16:53:43.983:INFO:oejs.ServerConnector:<http: Started ServerConnector@51f061a8{HTTP/1.1}{}
2014-04-01 16:53:43.984:INFO:oejs.Server:<http: Started @9526ms

Proceed to post plain (by default, other codec messages if configured):

curl -d 'Hello Logstash!' http://localhost:8090

Which should result in the output of something like:

       "message" => "Hello Logstash!",
      "@version" => "1",
    "@timestamp" => "2014-05-18T22:22:14.064Z",
          "host" => "0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1"

Tips / Performance Considerations

Can quickly become overloaded if sending single log messages in each http request. Recommended usage is to use Keep-Alive and combine several newline-delimited log messages in each POST with the line or json_lines codecs.


Doesn't override the Jetty default logging and Jetty just goes ahead and spits out logs to STDERR. I've found this useful for debugging, but may not be the desired behavior.

Currently doesn't expose configuration of the Jetty thread pool options. This will probably change in the future.


Apache v2, See LICENSE file