The tsv parser plugin parses TSV format.



Specify time field for event time. Default is nil.

If there is no time field in the record, this parser uses current time as an event time.


If time field value is formatted string, e.g. "28/Feb/2013:12:00:00 +0900", you need to specify this parameter to parse it.

Default is nil and it uses Time.parse method to parse the field.

See Time#strptime for additional format information.


Specify null value pattern. Default is nil.

If given field value is matched with this pattern, the field value is replaced with nil.


If true, empty string field is replaced with nil. Default is false.


Although every parsed field has type string by default, you can specify other types. This is useful when filtering particular fields numerically or storing data with sensible type information.

The syntax is

types <field_name_1>:<type_name_1>,<field_name_2>:<type_name_2>,...


types user_id:integer,paid:bool,paid_usd_amount:float

As demonstrated above, "," is used to delimit field-type pairs while ":" is used to separate a field name with its intended type.

Unspecified fields are parsed at the default string type.

The list of supported types are shown below:

  • string

  • bool

  • integer ("int" would NOT work!)

  • float

  • time

  • array

For the time and array types, there is an optional third field after the type name. For the "time" type, you can specify a time format like you would in time_format.

For the "array" type, the third field specifies the delimiter (the default is ","). For example, if a field called "item_ids" contains the value "3,4,5", types item_ids:array parses it as ["3", "4", "5"]. Alternatively, if the value is "Adam|Alice|Bob", types item_ids:array:| parses it as ["Adam", "Alice", "Bob"].


format tsv
keys time,host,req_id,user
time_key time

With this configuration:

2013/02/28 12:00:00\t192.168.0.1\t111\t-

This incoming event is parsed as:

1362020400 (2013/02/28/ 12:00:00)

  "host"   : "",
  "req_id" : "111",
  "user"   : "-"

If you set null_value_pattern '-' in the configuration, user field becomes nil instead of "-".

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