parser

The parser filter plugin "parses" string field in event records and mutates its event record with the parsed result.

It is included in the Fluentd's core.

Example Configurations

<filter foo.bar>
@type parser
key_name log
<parse>
@type regexp
expression /^(?<host>[^ ]*) [^ ]* (?<user>[^ ]*) \[(?<time>[^\]]*)\] "(?<method>\S+)(?: +(?<path>[^ ]*) +\S*)?" (?<code>[^ ]*) (?<size>[^ ]*)$/
time_format %d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S %z
</parse>
</filter>

filter_parser uses built-in parser plugins and your own customized parser plugin, so you can reuse the predefined formats like apache2, json, etc. See Parser Plugin Overview for more details

With this example, if you receive this event:

time:
injected time (depends on your input)
record:
{"log":"192.168.0.1 - - [05/Feb/2018:12:00:00 +0900] \"GET / HTTP/1.1\" 200 777"}

The parsed result will be:

time
05/Feb/2018:12:00:00 +0900
record:
{"host":"192.168.0.1","user":"-","method":"GET","path":"/","code":"200","size":"777"}

Plugin Helpers

Parameters

See Common Parameters.

<parse> Section

This is a required subsection. Specifies the parser type and related parameter.

For more details, see Parse Section Configurations.

key_name

type

default

version

string

required parameter

0.14.9

Specifies the field name in the record to parse.

This parameter supports nested field access via record_accessor syntax.

reserve_time

type

default

version

bool

false

0.14.9

Keeps the original event time in the parsed result.

reserve_data

type

default

version

bool

false

0.14.9

Keeps the original key-value pair in the parsed result.

<filter foo.bar>
@type parser
key_name log
reserve_data true
<parse>
@type json
</parse>
</filter>

With above configuration, here is the result:

# input data: {"key":"value","log":"{\"user\":1,\"num\":2}"}
# output data: {"key":"value","log":"{\"user\":1,\"num\":2}","user":1,"num":2}

Without reserve_data, the result is:

# input data: {"key":"value","log":"{\"user\":1,\"num\":2}"}
# output data: {"user":1,"num":2}

remove_key_name_field

type

default

version

bool

false

1.2.2

Removes key_name field when parsing is succeeded.

<filter foo.bar>
@type parser
key_name log
reserve_data true
remove_key_name_field true
<parse>
@type json
</parse>
</filter>

With above configuration, here is the result:

# input data: {"key":"value","log":"{\"user\":1,\"num\":2}"}
# output data: {"key":"value","user":1,"num":2}

replace_invalid_sequence

type

default

version

bool

false

0.14.9

If true, invalid string is replaced with safe characters and re-parse it.

inject_key_prefix

type

default

version

string

false

0.14.9

Stores the parsed values with the specified key name prefix.

<filter foo.bar>
@type parser
key_name log
reserve_data true
inject_key_prefix data.
<parse>
@type json
</parse>
</filter>

With above configuration, here is the result:

# input data: {"log": "{\"user\":1,\"num\":2}"}
# output data: {"log":"{\"user\":1,\"num\":2}","data.user":1, "data.num":2}

hash_value_field

type

default

version

string

false

0.14.9

Stores the parsed values as a hash value in a field.

<filter foo.bar>
@type parser
key_name log
hash_value_field parsed
<parse>
@type json
</parse>
</filter>

With above configuration, result is below:

# input data: {"log": "{\"user\":1,\"num\":2}"}
# output data: {"parsed":{"user":1,"num":2}}

emit_invalid_record_to_error

type

default

version

bool

true

0.14.0

Emits invalid record to @ERROR label. Invalid cases are:

  • key does not exist

  • the format is not matched

  • an unexpected error

You can rescue unexpected format logs in the @ERROR label.

If you want to ignore these errors, set false.

FAQ

suppress_parse_error_log is missing. What are the alternatives?

Since v1, parser filter does not support suppress_parse_error_log parameter because parser filter uses the @ERROR feature instead of internal logging to rescue invalid records. If you want to simply ignore invalid records, set emit_invalid_record_to_error false.

See also emit_invalid_record_to_error parameter.

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