Vector

Collect observability data from another Vector instance

status: beta role: aggregator delivery: at-least-once egress: stream state: stateless output: log output: metrics
Receives data from another upstream Vector instance using the Vector sink.

Configuration

Example configurations

{
  "sources": {
    "my_source_id": {
      "type": "vector",
      "acknowledgements": null,
      "address": "0.0.0.0:9000",
      "version": "1"
    }
  }
}
[sources.my_source_id]
type = "vector"
address = "0.0.0.0:9000"
version = "1"
---
sources:
  my_source_id:
    type: vector
    acknowledgements: null
    address: 0.0.0.0:9000
    version: "1"
{
  "sources": {
    "my_source_id": {
      "type": "vector",
      "acknowledgements": null,
      "address": "0.0.0.0:9000",
      "shutdown_timeout_secs": 30,
      "receive_buffer_bytes": 65536,
      "version": "1"
    }
  }
}
[sources.my_source_id]
type = "vector"
address = "0.0.0.0:9000"
shutdown_timeout_secs = 30
receive_buffer_bytes = 65_536
version = "1"
---
sources:
  my_source_id:
    type: vector
    acknowledgements: null
    address: 0.0.0.0:9000
    shutdown_timeout_secs: 30
    receive_buffer_bytes: 65536
    keepalive: null
    tls: null
    version: "1"

acknowledgements

common optional bool
Controls if the source will wait for destination sinks to deliver the events before acknowledging receipt.
default: false

address

required string literal
The HTTP address to listen for connections on. It must include a port.
Examples
"0.0.0.0:9000"

keepalive

optional object
Configures the TCP keepalive behavior for the connection to the source.

keepalive.time_secs

optional uint
The time a connection needs to be idle before sending TCP keepalive probes.

receive_buffer_bytes

optional uint
Configures the receive buffer size using the SO_RCVBUF option on the socket.
Examples
65536

shutdown_timeout_secs

optional uint
The timeout before a connection is forcefully closed during shutdown.
default: 30 (seconds)

tls

optional object
Configures the TLS options for incoming connections.

tls.ca_file

optional string literal
Absolute path to an additional CA certificate file, in DER or PEM format (X.509), or an in-line CA certificate in PEM format.
Examples
"/path/to/certificate_authority.crt"

tls.crt_file

optional string literal
Absolute path to a certificate file used to identify this server, in DER or PEM format (X.509) or PKCS#12, or an in-line certificate in PEM format. If this is set, and is not a PKCS#12 archive, key_file must also be set. This is required if enabled is set to true.
Examples
"/path/to/host_certificate.crt"

tls.enabled

optional bool
Require TLS for incoming connections. If this is set, an identity certificate is also required.
default: false

tls.key_file

optional string literal
Absolute path to a private key file used to identify this server, in DER or PEM format (PKCS#8), or an in-line private key in PEM format.
Examples
"/path/to/host_certificate.key"

tls.key_pass

optional string literal
Pass phrase used to unlock the encrypted key file. This has no effect unless key_file is set.
Examples
"${KEY_PASS_ENV_VAR}"
"PassWord1"
If true, Vector will require a TLS certificate from the connecting host and terminate the connection if the certificate is not valid. If false (the default), Vector will not request a certificate from the client.
default: false

version

common optional string literal enum
Source API version. Specifying this version ensures that Vector does not break backward compatibility.
Enum options string literal
OptionDescription
1Vector source API version 1
2Vector source API version 2
default: 1

Output

Metrics

counter

counter
A single value that can be incremented or reset to a zero value but not decremented.
* optional
Any tags present on the metric.

distribution

distribution
A distribution represents a distribution of sampled values. It is used with services that support global histograms and summaries.
* optional
Any tags present on the metric.

gauge

gauge
A gauge represents a point-in-time value that can increase and decrease. Vector’s internal gauge type represents changes to that value. Gauges should be used to track fluctuations in values, like current memory or CPU usage.
* optional
Any tags present on the metric.

histogram

gauge
Also called a timer. A histogram samples observations (usually things like request durations or response sizes) and counts them in configurable buckets. It also provides a sum of all observed values.
* optional
Any tags present on the metric.

set

gauge
A set represents an array of unique values.
* optional
Any tags present on the metric.

Logs

Event

A Vector event
Fields
* required *
Vector transparently forwards data from another upstream Vector instance. The vector source will not modify or add fields.

Telemetry

Metrics

link

component_received_events_total

counter
The number of events accepted by this component either from tagged origins like file and uri, or cumulatively from other origins.
component_id required
The Vector component ID.
component_kind required
The Vector component kind.
component_name required
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type required
The Vector component type.
container_name optional
The name of the container from which the data originated.
file optional
The file from which the data originated.
host required
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
mode optional
The connection mode used by the component.
peer_addr optional
The IP from which the data originated.
peer_path optional
The pathname from which the data originated.
pid required
The process ID of the Vector instance.
pod_name optional
The name of the pod from which the data originated.
uri optional
The sanitized URI from which the data originated.

component_sent_event_bytes_total

counter
The total number of event bytes emitted by this component.
component_id required
The Vector component ID.
component_kind required
The Vector component kind.
component_name required
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type required
The Vector component type.
host required
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid required
The process ID of the Vector instance.

component_sent_events_total

counter
The total number of events emitted by this component.
component_id required
The Vector component ID.
component_kind required
The Vector component kind.
component_name required
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type required
The Vector component type.
host required
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid required
The process ID of the Vector instance.

events_in_total

counter
The number of events accepted by this component either from tagged origins like file and uri, or cumulatively from other origins. This metric is deprecated and will be removed in a future version. Use component_received_events_total instead.
component_id required
The Vector component ID.
component_kind required
The Vector component kind.
component_name required
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type required
The Vector component type.
container_name optional
The name of the container from which the data originated.
file optional
The file from which the data originated.
host required
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
mode optional
The connection mode used by the component.
peer_addr optional
The IP from which the data originated.
peer_path optional
The pathname from which the data originated.
pid required
The process ID of the Vector instance.
pod_name optional
The name of the pod from which the data originated.
uri optional
The sanitized URI from which the data originated.

events_out_total

counter
The total number of events emitted by this component. This metric is deprecated and will be removed in a future version. Use component_sent_events_total instead.
component_id required
The Vector component ID.
component_kind required
The Vector component kind.
component_name required
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type required
The Vector component type.
host required
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid required
The process ID of the Vector instance.

protobuf_decode_errors_total

counter
The total number of Protocol Buffers errors thrown during communication between Vector instances.
component_id required
The Vector component ID.
component_kind required
The Vector component kind.
component_name required
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type required
The Vector component type.
host required
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid required
The process ID of the Vector instance.

How it works

Context

By default, the vector source augments events with helpful context keys.

State

This component is stateless, meaning its behavior is consistent across each input.

Transport Layer Security (TLS)

Vector uses OpenSSL for TLS protocols. You can adjust TLS behavior via the tls.* options.