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Version: Tenzir v4.6


A connector specifies how to exchange raw bytes with an underlying resource, such as a file, a network socket, or a third-party library. A connector provides a loader and/or saver:

  1. Loader: translates raw bytes into structured event data
  2. Saver: translates structured events into raw bytes

Loaders and savers interact with their corresponding dual from a format:

Connectors appear as an argument to the from and to operators:

from <connector> [read <format>]
to <connector> [write <format>]

If the format is omitted, the default depends on the connector.

Alternatively, instead of a connector, the from and to operators can take a URL or a filesystem path directly:

from <url> [read <format>]
from <path> [read <format>]

to <url> [write <format>]
to <path> [write <format>]

When given a URL, the scheme is used to determine the connector to use. For example, if the URL scheme is http, the http connector is used. The gcs connector is an exception, as it will get used if the URL scheme is gs.

from https
from https

from gs://bucket/logs/log.json
from gcs gs://bucket/logs/log.json

When given a filesystem a path, the file connector is used implicitly. To disambiguate between a relative filesystem path without any slashes or a file extension, and a connector name, the path must contain at least one character that doesn't conform to the pattern [A-Za-z0-9-_]. If the input conforms to that pattern, it's assumed to be a connector name.

# Parsed as a filesystem path
from /tmp/plugin.json
# `plugin` is parsed as a connector name
from plugin
# `./plugin` is parsed as a filesystem path, again (contains a `.` and a `/`)
from ./plugin

Tenzir ships with the following connectors: