Plugin Helper: Record Accessor

record_accessor helper provides the unified access for event record. record_accessor uses jsonpath like syntax for target field. With this helper, you can easy to access/delete nested field in the plugin.

Here is the code example with record_accessor helper:

require 'fluent/plugin/filter'
module Fluent::Plugin
class ExampleFilter < Filter
Fluent::Plugin.register_filter('example', self)
# 1. load record_accessor helper
helpers :record_accessor
def configure(conf)
# 2. call `record_accessor_create` to create object
@accessor = record_accessor_create('$')
# omit super, shutdown and other plugin API
def filter(tag, time, record)
# 3. call `call` method to get value
value = # With `$`, access to record["user"]["name"]
# ...


  • dot notation: $. started parameter. Chain fields by .

This is simple syntax. For example, $.event.level for record["event"]["level"], $.key1[0].key2 for record["key1"][0]["key2"]

  • bracket notation: $[ started parameter. Chain fields by []

Useful for special characters, ., white space and etc: $['dot.key'][0]['space key'] for record["dot.key"][0]["space key"]

If you set non $. or $[ started value, e.g. key log, it is same as record["log"]. So using record_accessor doesn't break existing plugin behaviour.



This method returns accessor object for event record. param is a string and see "Syntax" section for supported syntax.


After create object, call call/delete method with record object. # get record field
accessor.delete(record) # delete record field

record_accessor used plugins

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