How to Setup ELK Stack with Docker for Development


Zhenyang Hua

Updated: Nov 13, 2018

This tip shows the fastest way to stand up the *ELK* stack for development.

The Elastic stack has a nice <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> that provides the links to the docker images and documentation. In this example, I am using the latest version as this article is written - v6.4.3 for all the elastic stack. ## 1. Run ElasticSearch ``` docker run -d --name my-es -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 -e "discovery.type=single-node" ``` After the container starts running, find out the internal docker IP the ElasticSearch server is using. This will be used for configuring the Logstash and Kibana. ``` docker inspect -f '{{ .NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' my-es ``` ## 2. Run Logstash Create a configuration file in the host directory, and bind mount to the container configuration file. ``` vim ~/elk/config/logstash.conf ``` Enter the following and save with `:wq`. Note that we created an index pattern that starts with `leafyjava-`. ``` input { tcp { port => 5050 codec => json } } output { elasticsearch { hosts => [""] index => "leafyjava-%{appName}" } } ``` Run the container. We need to use `-f` flag to ask Logstash to use the config file we just bound. ``` docker run -d --name my-logstash -p 5050:5050 -v ~/elk/config/logstash.conf:/config-dir/logstash.conf -f /config-dir/logstash.conf ``` ## 3. Run Kibana ``` docker run -d --name my-kibana -e "ELASTICSEARCH_URL=" -p 5601:5601 ``` Go to `localhost:5601`, and you will see the Kibana console up and running. Now you are ready for integrating your applications to use this elastic stack.