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Graylog is a log management solution based on top of Elasticsearch.

Use Tenzir to process data from Graylog.

In Graylog, data goes through three key stages:

  1. Inputs: This stage involves data ingestion, where Graylog receives data from various sources. Inputs support multiple protocols like TCP, UDP, and HTTP. They normalize incoming data into the unified Graylog Extended Log Format (GELF).
  2. Streams: Once onboarded, streams route the data internally. Here, it can be filtered, parsed, and enriched. The stream processing stage leverages extractors and pipeline rules for data manipulation, before indexing the data in Elasticsearch for storage.
  3. Outputs: For exporting data, Graylog utilizes alerts, dashboards, and its REST API. Additionally, Graylog can forward data to external systems or tools via streams.

Receive data from Graylog

To receive data from Graylog with a Tenzir pipeline, you need to configure a new output and setup a stream that sends data to that output. The example below assumes that Graylog sends data in GELF to a TCP endpoint that listens on at port 5678.

Configure a GELF TCP output

  1. Navigate to System/Outputs in Graylog's web interface.
  2. Click Manage Outputs.
  3. Select GELF TCP as the output type.
  4. Configure the output settings:
    • Specify the target server's address in the host field (e.g.,
    • Enter the port number for the TCP connection (e.g., 5678).
    • Optionally adjust other settings like reconnect delay, queue size, and send buffer size.
  5. Save the configuration.

Now Graylog will forward messages in GELF format to the specified TCP endpoint.

Create a Graylog stream

The newly created output still needs to be connected to a stream to produce data. For example, to route all incoming traffic in Graylog to an output:

  1. Go to Streams in the Graylog web interface.
  2. Create a new stream or edit an existing one.
  3. In the stream's settings, configure it to match all incoming messages. You can do this by setting up a rule that matches all messages or by leaving the rules empty.
  4. Once the stream is configured, go to the Outputs tab in the stream's settings.
  5. Add the previously configured GELF TCP output to this stream.

This setup will direct all messages that arrive in Graylog to the specified output. Adapt your filters for more fine-grained forwarding.

Test the connection with a Tenzir pipeline

Now that Graylog is configured, you can test that data is flowing using the following Tenzir pipeline:

from tcp:// read gelf

This pipelines opens a listening socket at IP address at port 5678 via the tcp loader, and then reads a stream of GELF messages using the gelf parser. Graylog will connect to this socket, based on the reconnect interval that you configured in the output (by default 500ms).

Now that data is flowing, you can decide what to do with the Graylog data, e.g., ingest data into a running Tenzir node by appending import:

from tcp:// read gelf
| import