Formatter Plugins

Fluentd has 6 types of plugins: Input, Parser, Filter, Output, Formatter and Buffer. This article gives an overview of Formatter Plugin.


Sometimes, the output format for an output plugin does not meet one's needs. Fluentd has a pluggable system called Text Formatter that lets the user extend and re-use custom output formats.

How To Use

For an output plugin that supports Text Formatter, the format parameter can be used to change the output format.

For example, by default, out_file plugin outputs data as

2014-08-25 00:00:00 +0000<TAB><TAB>{"k1":"v1", "k2":"v2"}

However, if you set format json like this

  @type file
  path /path/to/file
  format json

The output changes to

{"time": "2014-08-25 00:00:00 +0000", "tag":"", "k1:"v1", "k2":"v2"}

i.e., each line is a single JSON object with "time" and "tag fields to retain the event's timestamp and tag.

See this section to learn how to develop a custom formatter.

List of Built-in Formatters

List of Output Plugins with Text Formatter Support

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