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elasticsearch-statsd-backend 🔎

Elasticsearch backend for statsd


This backend allows Statsd to save to Elasticsearch. Supports dynamic index creation and custom index templates.


Originally written by Github user rameshpy, this library was created as a feature branch of etsy/statsd. A repository was created as a restructuring of the existing feature branch into a standalone backend repository. This project was then forked and published to npm under elasticsearch-statsd-backend with a complete rewrite. You can find the markkimsal code at elasticsearch-statsd-backend@0.4.3 (the previous repo was never published to npm) and this rewrite from v1.0.0 and onward.


$ npm install elasticsearch-statsd-backend

Requires node 6+ which is the highest node statsd supports. It has been tested on Elasticsearch 6 and 7.


This backend looks for configuration under the elasticsearch key in your statsd config file. The default values are below

  backends: [ 'elasticsearch-statsd-backend' /*, 'other backends' */],
    // debug: true,
  elasticsearch: {
    url: 'http://localhost:9200/', // The url of your elasticserach server
    shutdownOnStartupError: false, // process.exit statsd if the templates cannot be created on startup helpful in docker environments
    indexPrefix:'statsd_' // Prefix of the dynamic index to be created
    indexTimestamp: 'day' // hour | day | month  - timestamp specificity for index naming
    counterIndexName: 'counter',
    timerIndexName: 'timer',
    gaugeIndexName: 'gauge',
    setIndexName: 'set',
    counterTemplate: undefined, // JSON object representing an index template
    timerTemplate: undefined, // JSON object representing an index template
    gaugeTemplate: undefined, // JSON object representing an index template
    setTemplate: undefined, // JSON object representing an index template


By default index creation will look like this. Indexes are only created if they have data.

  • statsd_counter_2019-04-25
  • statsd_timer_2019-04-25
  • statsd_gauge_2019-04-25
  • statsd_set_2019-04-25

This is ${indexPrefix}${typeIndexName}_${indexTimestamp}. The indexTimestamp will use more or less of an UTC ISO string depending on your needs. eg;

  • hour looks like 2019-04-25T16
  • day looks like 2019-04-25
  • months looks like 2019-04


The default templates use your configuration data to match index created with your prefix and type names. If you supply your own template you'll have to do that manually.

Every index has three fields that are the same.

  • @timestamp which is a date
  • metric which is a text with custom analyser to allow lowercase * searches
  • metric.raw field as type keyword

Timers have a field for every calculated metric, counters, and gauges have a value which is a long type. Sets have a dynamic value field which is an object.

You can see /lib/templates.js for more details.

Contributors wanted!

This library was developed at Bustle. However writing docs and code is a lot of work! Thank you in advance for helping out and keeping projects like this open source.


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