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Installing Fluentd Using rpm Package

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

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What is td-agent?

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

That’s why Treasure Data, Inc is providing 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 v2, the current stable version. See this page for the comparison between v1 and v2. Here is the rpm installation guide for v1.

Step 0: Before Installation

Please follow the Preinstallation Guide to configure your OS properly. This will prevent many unnecessary problems.

Step 1: Install from rpm Repository

CentOS and RHEL 5, 6, 7 and Amazon Linux are currently supported.

Executing install-redhat-td-agent2.sh will automatically install td-agent on your machine. This shell script registers a new rpm repository at /etc/yum.repos.d/td.repo and installs the td-agent rpm package.

$ curl -L https://toolbelt.treasuredata.com/sh/install-redhat-td-agent2.sh | sh
It's HIGHLY recommended that you set up ntpd on the node to prevent invalid timestamps in your logs.
td-agent supports recent 2 Amazon Linux versions. It means if the latest version is 2016.09, we provides new packages for 2016.03 and 2016.09. No new packages for 2015.09 or earlier.

Step2: Launch Daemon

The /etc/init.d/td-agent script is provided to start, stop, or restart the agent.

$ /etc/init.d/td-agent start 
Starting td-agent: [  OK  ]
$ /etc/init.d/td-agent status
td-agent (pid  21678) is running...

The following commands are supported:

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

Please make sure your configuration file is located at /etc/td-agent/td-agent.conf.

Step3: Post Sample Logs via HTTP

By default, /etc/td-agent/td-agent.conf is configured to take logs from HTTP and route them to stdout (/var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log). You can post sample log records using the curl command.

$ curl -X POST -d 'json={"json":"message"}' http://localhost:8888/debug.test

Next Steps

You’re now ready to collect your real logs using Fluentd. Please see the following tutorials to learn how to collect your data from various data sources.

Please refer to the resources below for further steps.

Last updated: 2016-06-06 04:47:13 UTC

Versions | v0.14 (td-agent3) | v0.12 (td-agent2) | v0.10 (td-agent1)

If this article is incorrect or outdated, or omits critical information, please let us know. Fluentd is a open source project under Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), originally invented by Treasure Data, Inc. All components are available under the Apache 2 License.

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