How to install Filebeat on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Filebeat on macOS using Homebrew. Filebeat is a lightweight shipper for forwarding and centralizing log data, forming part of the Elastic Stack.

What is Filebeat?

“Filebeat is a lightweight shipper for forwarding and centralizing log data. Installed as an agent on your servers, Filebeat monitors the log files or locations that you specify, collects log events, and forwards them to either to Elasticsearch or Logstash for indexing.” ~ Filebeat Documentation

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Filebeat on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install filebeat 

Brew Commands

This section provide a quick set of commands on how to install Filebeat on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update                # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search filebeat       # Searches for formula called filebeat
$ brew info filebeat         # Displays information about filebeat
$ brew install filebeat      # Install the filebeat formulae.
$ brew cleanup               # Remove any older versions of any formula

Summary

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Filebeat on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.

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