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Installing Fluentd Using rpm Package

This article explains how to install the td-agent rpm package, the stable Fluentd distribution package maintained by Treasure Data, Inc.

Currently, RedHat/CentOS 5 and 6 are supported with the support for 7 forthcoming. If you are interested in other versions/platforms, please contact us on the mailing list. If enough people express interest, we may consider supporting it.
Currently, Amazon Linux is NOT supported.

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What is td-agent?

Fluentd is written in Ruby for flexibility, with performance sensitive parts written in C. However, casual users may have difficulty installing and operating a Ruby daemon.

That’s why Treasure Data, Inc is providing the stable distribution of Fluentd, called td-agent. The differences between Fluentd and td-agent can be found here.

This installation guide is for td-agent v2, the current stable version. See this page for the comparison between v1 and v2. Here is the rpm installation guide for v1.

Step 0: Before Installation

Please follow the Preinstallation Guide to configure your OS properly. This will prevent many unnecessary problems.

Step 1: Install from rpm Repository

CentOS and RHEL 5 and 6 are currently supported (The support for RHEL 7 is coming).

Executing install-redhat-td-agent2.sh will automatically install td-agent on your machine. This shell script registers a new rpm repository at /etc/yum.repos.d/td.repo and installs the td-agent rpm package.

$ curl -L http://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-redhat-td-agent2.sh | sh
It's HIGHLY recommended that you set up ntpd on the node to prevent invalid timestamps in your logs.

Step2: Launch Daemon

The /etc/init.d/td-agent script is provided to start, stop, or restart the agent.

$ /etc/init.d/td-agent start 
Starting td-agent: [  OK  ]
$ /etc/init.d/td-agent status
td-agent (pid  21678) is running...

The following commands are supported:

$ /etc/init.d/td-agent start
$ /etc/init.d/td-agent stop
$ /etc/init.d/td-agent restart
$ /etc/init.d/td-agent status

Please make sure your configuration file is located at /etc/td-agent/td-agent.conf.

Step3: Post Sample Logs via HTTP

By default, /etc/td-agent/td-agent.conf is configured to take logs from HTTP and route them to stdout (/var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log). You can post sample log records using the curl command.

$ curl -X POST -d 'json={"json":"message"}' http://localhost:8888/debug.test

Next Steps

You’re now ready to collect your real logs using Fluentd. Please see the following tutorials to learn how to collect your data from various data sources.

Please refer to the resources below for further steps.

Last updated: 2014-09-13 15:36:16 UTC

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