Docker Image

This article explains how to use the official Fluentd Docker image, maintained by Treasure Data, Inc.

Step 0: Install Docker

Please download and install Docker from here:

Step 1: Pull Fluentd Docker Image

Then, download Fluentd v1.6-debian-1's image by docker pull command:

$ docker pull fluent/fluentd:v1.6-debian-1

Debian and Alpine Linux version is available for Fluentd image. Debian version is recommended officially since it has jemalloc support. However, the Alpine image is smaller.

Step 2: Launch Fluentd Container

To make the test simple, create the example config below at /tmp/fluentd.conf. This example accepts records from http, and outputs to stdout.

# /tmp/fluentd.conf
@type http
port 9880
<match **>
@type stdout

Finally, you can run Fluentd with docker run command:

$ docker run -p 9880:9880 -v $(pwd)/tmp:/fluentd/etc -e FLUENTD_CONF=fluentd.conf fluent/fluentd:v1.6-debian-1
2019-08-21 00:30:37 +0000 [info]: parsing config file is succeeded path="/fluentd/etc/fluentd.conf"
2019-08-21 00:30:37 +0000 [info]: using configuration file: <ROOT>
@type http
port 9880
bind ""
<match **>
@type stdout
2019-08-21 00:30:37 +0000 [info]: starting fluentd-1.6.3 pid=6 ruby="2.6.3"
2019-08-21 00:30:37 +0000 [info]: spawn command to main: cmdline=["/usr/local/bin/ruby", "-Eascii-8bit:ascii-8bit", "/usr/local/bundle/bin/fluentd", "-c", "/fluentd/etc/fluentd.conf", "-p", "/fluentd/plugins", "--under-supervisor"]
2019-08-21 00:30:38 +0000 [info]: gem 'fluentd' version '1.6.3'
2019-08-21 00:30:38 +0000 [info]: adding match pattern="**" type="stdout"
2019-08-21 00:30:38 +0000 [info]: adding source type="http"
2019-08-21 00:30:38 +0000 [info]: #0 starting fluentd worker pid=13 ppid=6 worker=0
2019-08-21 00:30:38 +0000 [info]: #0 fluentd worker is now running worker=0
2019-08-21 00:30:38.332472611 +0000 {"worker":0,"message":"fluentd worker is now running worker=0"}

Step 3: Post Sample Logs via HTTP

Use curl command to post sample logs via HTTP like this:

$ curl -X POST -d 'json={"json":"message"}' http://localhost:9880/sample.test

Use docker ps command to retrieve container ID and use docker logs command to check the specific container's log like this:

$ docker ps -a
775a8e192f2b fluent/fluentd:v1.6-debian-1 "tini -- /bin/entryp…" About a minute ago Up About a minute 5140/tcp, 24224/tcp,>9880/tcp tender_leakey
$ docker logs 775a8e192f2b | tail -n 1
2019-08-21 00:33:00.570707843 +0000 sample.test: {"json":"message"}

Next Steps

Now, you know how to use Fluentd via Docker.

Here are some Docker related resources for Fluentd:

Also, refer to the following tutorials to learn how to collect data from various data sources:

If this article is incorrect or outdated, or omits critical information, please let us know. Fluentd is an open-source project under Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). All components are available under the Apache 2 License.