Install by DEB Package (Debian/Ubuntu)

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

What is td-agent?

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

That is why Treasure Data, Inc provides 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 v3/v4. td-agent v3/v4 uses fluentd v1.0 in the core. See this page for the comparison and supported OS.

Step 0: Before Installation

Please follow the Pre-installation Guide to configure your OS properly.

Step 1: Install from Apt Repository

NOTE: If your OS is not supported, consider gem installation instead.

NOTE: Treasure Data does not verify Debian packages. If you have any problem with debian packages, send a patch to omnibus-td-agent repository.

A shell script is provided to automate the installation process for each version. The shell script registers a new apt repository at /etc/apt/sources.list.d/treasure-data.list and installs the td-agent deb package.

For Ubuntu Focal:

# td-agent 4
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-ubuntu-focal-td-agent4.sh | sh

For Ubuntu Bionic:

# td-agent 4
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-ubuntu-bionic-td-agent4.sh | sh
# td-agent 3
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-ubuntu-bionic-td-agent3.sh | sh

For Ubuntu Xenial:

# td-agent 4
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-ubuntu-xenial-td-agent4.sh | sh
# td-agent 3
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-ubuntu-xenial-td-agent3.sh | sh

For Ubuntu Trusty:

# td-agent 3
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-ubuntu-trusty-td-agent3.sh | sh

For Debian Buster:

# td-agent 4
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-debian-buster-td-agent4.sh | sh
# td-agent 3
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-debian-buster-td-agent3.sh | sh

For Debian Stretch:

# td-agent 3
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-debian-stretch-td-agent3.sh | sh

For Debian Jessie:

# td-agent 3
curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-debian-jessie-td-agent3.sh | sh

Step 2: Launch Daemon

systemd

Use /lib/systemd/system/td-agent script to start, stop, or restart the agent:

$ sudo systemctl start td-agent.service
$ sudo systemctl status td-agent.service
● td-agent.service - td-agent: Fluentd based data collector for Treasure Data
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/td-agent.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Thu 2017-12-07 15:12:27 PST; 6min ago
Docs: https://docs.treasuredata.com/articles/td-agent
Process: 53192 ExecStart = /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/fluentd --log /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log --daemon /var/run/td-agent/td-agent.pid (code = exited, statu
Main PID: 53198 (fluentd)
CGroup: /system.slice/td-agent.service
├─53198 /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/ruby /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/fluentd --log /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log --daemon /var/run/td-agent/td-agent
└─53203 /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/ruby -Eascii-8bit:ascii-8bit /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/fluentd --log /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log --daemon /v
Dec 07 15:12:27 ubuntu systemd[1]: Starting td-agent: Fluentd based data collector for Treasure Data...
Dec 07 15:12:27 ubuntu systemd[1]: Started td-agent: Fluentd based data collector for Treasure Data.

To customize systemd behavior, put your td-agent.service in /etc/systemd/system.

NOTE: In td-agent 4, path is different. /opt/td-agent/bin instead of /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin

init.d

For non systemd-based system, use /etc/init.d/td-agent script to start, stop, or restart the agent:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/td-agent restart
$ sudo /etc/init.d/td-agent status
td-agent (pid 21678) is running...

The following commands are supported:

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

Please make sure your configuration file path is:

/etc/td-agent/td-agent.conf

Step 3: Post Sample Logs via HTTP

The default configuration (/etc/td-agent/td-agent.conf) is to receive logs at an HTTP endpoint and route them to stdout. For td-agent logs, see /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log.

You can post sample log records with curl command:

$ curl -X POST -d 'json={"json":"message"}' http://localhost:8888/debug.test
$ tail -n 1 /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log
2018-01-01 17:51:47 -0700 debug.test: {"json":"message"}

Next Steps

You are now ready to collect real logs with Fluentd. Refer to the following tutorials on how to collect data from various sources:

For further steps, follow these:

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.