A simple demonstration of the ELK stack on a Kubernetes cluster
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Kubernetes ELK demonstration

This repository contains files to demonstrate a simple ELK setup on Kubernetes.

Launching on Kubernetes

To launch the ELK stack:

  1. Ensure kubectl is configured to use an appropriate Kubernetes cluster.
  2. Launch the ELK ReplicationController: kubectl create -f elk-rc.yaml
  3. Launch the internal Logstash Service: kubectl create -f elk-svc-logstash.yaml
  4. Launch the public Kibana Service: kubectl create -f elk-svc-kibana.yaml
  5. Watch kubectl get pods and kubectl get svc until the services are up and the public IP becomes available.

To launch the demo application:

  1. Launch the demo-app ReplicationController: kubectl create -f demo-rc.yaml
  2. Launch the demo-app public Service: kubectl create -f demo-svc.yaml
  3. Watch kubectl get svc until the service becomes available, then point your web browser at it. Logs from this service are sent to Logstash configured above.

To demonstrate rolling-updates:

  1. Open the demo-rc.yaml file.
  2. Change all instances of demo-app-v1 to demo-app-v2
  3. Change the git-repository revision in volumes from static-v1 to static-v2
  4. Start the rolling update: kubectl rolling-update demo-app-v1 demo-app-v2 -f demo-rc.yaml

Docker images

There are a few simple Docker images needed for the presentation.


This image is based of Docker's official elasticsearch image with small configuration changes to listen on external network interfaces.


This image is based of Docker's official logstash image and installs the log-courier plugin. Configuration is added to use the plugin and to grok nginx logs.


This image is the log-courier client configured to forward logs to the internal Logstash service. See the configuration file for this service as an example of KubeDNS usage.


This image is the nginx web server configured to serve static files from the volume mounted into the container in the demo-service.