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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, some 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 v3, the new stable version. td-agent v3 uses fluentd v1.0 in the core. See this page for the comparison between v2 and v3.

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

It’s HIGHLY recommended that you set up ntpd on the node to prevent invalid timestamps in your logs. Please check the Preinstallation Guide.

Redhat / CentOS

CentOS and RHEL 6, 7 64bit are currently supported.

Executing 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 | sh

Amazon Linux

Recent two versions 64bit are supported. This means if latest version is 2017.09, rpm is provided for 2017.03 and 2017.09.

# Amazon Linux 1
$ curl -L | sh
# Amazon Linux 2
$ curl -L | sh

Step 2: Launch Daemon

td-agent provides 2 scripts:


The /usr/lib/systemd/system/td-agent script is provided to start, stop, or restart the agent.

$ sudo systemctl start td-agent.service
$ sudo systemctl status td-agent.service
● td-agent.service - td-agent: Fluentd based data collector for Treasure Data
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/td-agent.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2017-12-07 15:12:27 PST; 6min ago
  Process: 53192 ExecStart = /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/fluentd --log /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log --daemon /var/run/td-agent/ (code = exited, statu
 Main PID: 53198 (fluentd)
   CGroup: /system.slice/td-agent.service
           ├─53198 /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/ruby /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/fluentd --log /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log --daemon /var/run/td-agent/td-agent
           └─53203 /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/ruby -Eascii-8bit:ascii-8bit /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/fluentd --log /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log --daemon /v

Dec 07 15:12:27 ubuntu systemd[1]: Starting td-agent: Fluentd based data collector for Treasure Data...
Dec 07 15:12:27 ubuntu systemd[1]: Started td-agent: Fluentd based data collector for Treasure Data.

If you want to customize systemd behaviour, put your td-agent.service into /etc/systemd/system


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.

Step 3: 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: 2018-02-25 05:54:28 +0000

Versions | v1.0 (td-agent3) | v0.12 (td-agent2)

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). All components are available under the Apache 2 License.