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A Fluentd output plugin that sends logs to New Relic

This project is provided AS-IS WITHOUT WARRANTY OR SUPPORT, although you can report issues and contribute to the project here on GitHub.


Please see the examples directory for ways to build a Docker image with the New Relic output plugin and other configuration types that could be useful in your environment.


Fluentd >= v1.0


Add the plugin to your fluentd agent:

fluent-gem install fluent-plugin-newrelic

If you are using td-agent:

td-agent-gem install fluent-plugin-newrelic

For more info, review Fluentd's official documentation.


Required plugin configuration

This plugin must be configured with either a New Relic API Insert key, or a New Relic License key. If both types of keys are specified, the API Insert key will take precedence.

To specify an API Insert key, either set the api_key property in the configuration, or set the NEW_RELIC_API_KEY environment variable. If both are specified, the configuration property will take precedence.

To specify a license key, either set the license_key property in the configuration, or set the NEW_RELIC_LICENSE_KEY environment variable. If both are specified, the configuration property will take precedence.

Optional plugin configuration

Property Description Default value
base_uri New Relic ingestion endpoint

EU plugin configuration

If you are running this plugin in the eu set the base_uri to


  • To make Kubernetes log forwarding easier, any log field in a log event will be renamed to message, overwriting any message field. Kubernetes logs have their messages in a log field, while we want messages in a message field.


Add one of the following blocks to your Fluentd config file (with your specific key), then restart Fluentd.

Using Insights Inserts Key

Example using Insights Insert key:

<match **>
  @type newrelic

Getting your New Relic Insights Insert key:<ACCOUNT_ID>/manage/api_keys

Using License Key

Example using License key:

<match **>
  @type newrelic
  license_key <NEW_RELIC_LICENSE_KEY>

Getting your New Relic license key:<ACCOUNT_ID>


To provide a sandbox environment where you can play with the plugin while development or testing we've added a docker-compose environment that would help to run fluend with the plugin and send some logs. More info


New Relic hosts and moderates an online forum where customers can interact with New Relic employees as well as other customers to get help and share best practices. Like all official New Relic open source projects, there's a related Community topic in the New Relic Explorers Hub: Log forwarding

A note about vulnerabilities

As noted in our security policy, New Relic is committed to the privacy and security of our customers and their data. We believe that providing coordinated disclosure by security researchers and engaging with the security community are important means to achieve our security goals.

If you believe you have found a security vulnerability in this project or any of New Relic's products or websites, we welcome and greatly appreciate you reporting it to New Relic through HackerOne.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please create a branch directly in this repository and review these guidelines.


newrelic-fluentd-output is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.


  • Copyright(c) 2019 - New Relic
  • License
    • Apache License, Version 2.0


A Fluentd output plugin that sends logs to New Relic



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