http

The out_http Output plugin writes records via HTTP/HTTPS.

This plugin is introduced since fluentd v1.7.0.

It is included in Fluentd's core.

Example Configuration

<match pattern>
@type http
endpoint http://logserver.com:9000/api
open_timeout 2
<format>
@type json
</format>
<buffer>
flush_interval 10s
</buffer>
</match>

Please see the Configuration File article for the basic structure and syntax of the configuration file.

For <buffer>, refer to Buffer Section Configuration.

Parameters

@type

The value must be http.

endpoint

type

default

version

string

required

1.7.0

The endpoint for HTTP request. If you want to use HTTPS, use https prefix.

# Use HTTP
endpoint http://example.com/api
# USe HTTPS. You can set additional HTTPS parameters like tls_xxx
endpoint https://example.com/api

The endpoint parameter supports placeholders, so you can embed time, tag and record fields in the endpoint. Placeholders also require the buffer section in order to work. Here is an example:

endpoint http://example.com/api/${tag}-${key}
<buffer tag,key>
# buffer parameters
</buffer>

See Buffer Section Configurations for more details.

http_method

type

default

available values

version

enum

post

post/put

1.7.0

The method for HTTP request.

proxy

type

default

version

string

optional

1.7.0

The proxy for HTTP request.

content_type

type

default

version

string

nil

1.7.0

Content-Type for HTTP request. out_http automatically set Content-Type for built-in formatters when this parameter is not specified.

Here is a table:

  • json(json_array: false): application/x-ndjson

  • json(json_array: true): application/json

  • csv: text/csv

  • tsv, ltsv: text/tab-separated-values

  • msgpack: application/x-msgpack

  • out_file, single_value, stdout, hash: text/plain

json_array

type

default

version

bool

false

1.10.4

Using the array format of JSON. This parameter is used and valid only for json format. When json_array as true, Content-Type should be application/json and be able to use JSON data for the HTTP request body.

<format> Directive

The format of the payload. The default @type is json.

Here is single_value example:

<format>
@type single_value
</format>

See formatter article for more detail.

headers

type

default

version

hash

nil

1.7.0

Additional headers for HTTP request.

headers {"key1":"value1", "key2":"value2"}

open_timeout

type

default

version

integer

nil

1.7.0

The connection open timeout in seconds.

See also Ruby document.

read_timeout

type

default

version

integer

nil

1.7.0

The read timeout in seconds.

See also Ruby document.

ssl_timeout

type

default

version

integer

nil

1.7.0

The TLS timeout in seconds.

tls_ca_cert_path

type

default

version

string

nil

1.7.0

The CA certificate path for TLS.

tls_client_cert_path

type

default

version

string

nil

1.7.0

The client certificate path for TLS.

tls_private_key_path

type

default

version

string

nil

1.7.0

The client private key path for TLS.

tls_private_key_passphrase

type

default

version

string

nil

1.7.0

The client private key passphrase for TLS.

tls_verify_mode

type

default

available values

version

enum

peer

peer/none

1.7.0

The verify mode of TLS.

tls_version

type

default

available values

version

enum

TLSv1_2

TLSv1_2/TLSv1_1

1.7.0

The default version of TLS.

tls_ciphers

type

default

version

string

ALL:!aNULL:!eNULL:!SSLv2

1.7.0

The cipher suites configuration of TLS.

error_response_as_unrecoverable

type

default

version

bool

true

1.7.0

Raise UnrecoverableError when the response code is not SUCCESS, 1xx/3xx/4xx/5xx. If false, out_http logs error message instead of raising UnrecoverableError.

See also Handling Unrecoverable Errors.

retryable_response_codes

type

default

version

array of int

[503]

1.7.0

The list of retryable response codes. If the response code is included in this list, out_http retries the buffer flush.

<auth> Section

Specifies HTTP authentication:

<auth>
method basic
username fluentd
password hello
</auth>

method

type

default

available values

version

enum

basic

basic

1.7.0

The method for HTTP authentication. Now only basic.

username

type

default

version

string

nil

1.7.0

The username for basic authentication.

password

type

default

version

string

nil

1.7.0

The password for basic authentication.

Common Output / Buffer parameters

For common output / buffer parameters, please check the following articles:

The Payload Content

out_http's request body depends on <format> configuration. For example, the default setting generates newline delimited JSON like this:

# \n is added by `add_newline true` parameter in <format>
{"key1":"value1","key2":"value2",...}\n
{"key1":"value1","key2":"value2",...}\n
{"key1":"value1","key2":"value2",...}\n
{"key1":"value1","key2":"value2",...}\n
...

With @type single_value:

log line1\n
log line2\n
log line3\n
log line4\n
...

Troubleshooting

400 Bad request between out_http and in_http

When getting the following error:

#0 got unrecoverable error in primary and no secondary error_class=Fluent::UnrecoverableError error="400 Bad Request 400 Bad Request\n'json' or 'msgpack' parameter is required\n"
#0 bad chunk is moved to /tmp/fluent/backup/worker0/object_3ff8a73edae8/5a71a08ca19b1b343c8dce1b74c9a963.log

Users should specify json format with json_array as true for out_http configuration:

<match **>
@type http
endpoint http://some.your.http.endpoint:9811/your-awesome-path
<format>
@type json
</format>
json_array true
<buffer>
flush_interval 2s
</buffer>
</match>

And receiver in_http configuration should be:

<source>
@type http
port 9811
bind 0.0.0.0
<parse>
@type json
</parse>
</source>

Or specify msgpack format:

<match **>
@type http
endpoint http://some.your.http.endpoint:9882/your-awesome-path
<format>
@type msgpack
</format>
<buffer>
flush_interval 2s
</buffer>
</match>

And, receiver in_http configuration should be:

<source>
@type http
port 9882
bind 0.0.0.0
<parse>
@type msgpack
</parse>
<format>
@type json
</format>
</source>

But, we recommend to use in/out forward plugin to communicate with two Fluentd instances due to at-most-once and at-least-once semantics for rigidity.

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