HTTP Client

Pull observability data from an HTTP server at a configured interval.

status: beta role: daemon role: sidecar role: aggregator delivery: at-least-once acknowledgements: no egress: batch state: stateless output: log output: metrics

Configuration

Example configurations

{
  "sources": {
    "my_source_id": {
      "type": "http_client",
      "endpoint": "http://127.0.0.1:9898/logs"
    }
  }
}
[sources.my_source_id]
type = "http_client"
endpoint = "http://127.0.0.1:9898/logs"
---
sources:
  my_source_id:
    type: http_client
    endpoint: http://127.0.0.1:9898/logs
{
  "sources": {
    "my_source_id": {
      "type": "http_client",
      "endpoint": "http://127.0.0.1:9898/logs",
      "headers": {
        "Accept": [
          "text/plain",
          "text/html"
        ],
        "X-My-Custom-Header": [
          "a",
          "vector",
          "of",
          "values"
        ]
      },
      "method": "GET",
      "query": {
        "field": [
          "value"
        ],
        "fruit": [
          "mango",
          "papaya",
          "kiwi"
        ]
      },
      "scrape_interval_secs": 15
    }
  }
}
[sources.my_source_id]
type = "http_client"
endpoint = "http://127.0.0.1:9898/logs"
method = "GET"
scrape_interval_secs = 15

  [sources.my_source_id.headers]
  Accept = [ "text/plain", "text/html" ]
  X-My-Custom-Header = [ "a", "vector", "of", "values" ]

  [sources.my_source_id.query]
  field = [ "value" ]
  fruit = [ "mango", "papaya", "kiwi" ]
---
sources:
  my_source_id:
    type: http_client
    endpoint: http://127.0.0.1:9898/logs
    headers:
      Accept:
        - text/plain
        - text/html
      X-My-Custom-Header:
        - a
        - vector
        - of
        - values
    method: GET
    query:
      field:
        - value
      fruit:
        - mango
        - papaya
        - kiwi
    scrape_interval_secs: 15

auth

optional object
HTTP Authentication.

auth.password

required string literal
The basic authentication password.
Relevant when: strategy = "basic"
Examples
"${PASSWORD}"
"password"

auth.strategy

required string literal enum
The authentication strategy to use.
Enum options
OptionDescription
basic

Basic authentication.

The username and password are concatenated and encoded via base64.

bearer

Bearer authentication.

The bearer token value (OAuth2, JWT, etc) is passed as-is.

Examples
"basic"
"bearer"

auth.token

required string literal
The bearer authentication token.
Relevant when: strategy = "bearer"

auth.user

required string literal
The basic authentication username.
Relevant when: strategy = "basic"
Examples
"${USERNAME}"
"username"

decoding

optional object
Decoder to use on the HTTP responses.

decoding.codec

optional string literal enum
The codec to use for decoding events.
Enum options
OptionDescription
bytesUses the raw bytes as-is.
gelfDecodes the raw bytes as a GELF message.
jsonDecodes the raw bytes as JSON.
native

Decodes the raw bytes as Vector’s native Protocol Buffers format.

This codec is experimental.

native_json

Decodes the raw bytes as Vector’s native JSON format.

This codec is experimental.

syslog

Decodes the raw bytes as a Syslog message.

Will decode either as the RFC 3164-style format (“old” style) or the more modern RFC 5424-style format (“new” style, includes structured data).

default: bytes

endpoint

required string literal

The HTTP endpoint to collect events from.

The full path must be specified.

Warning

You must explicitly add the path to your endpoint.
Examples
"http://127.0.0.1:9898/logs"

framing

optional object
Framing to use in the decoding.
Options for the character delimited decoder.
Relevant when: method = "character_delimited"
The character that delimits byte sequences.

The maximum length of the byte buffer.

This length does not include the trailing delimiter.

framing.method

optional string literal enum
The framing method.
Enum options
OptionDescription
bytesByte frames are passed through as-is according to the underlying I/O boundaries (e.g. split between messages or stream segments).
character_delimitedByte frames which are delimited by a chosen character.
length_delimitedByte frames which are prefixed by an unsigned big-endian 32-bit integer indicating the length.
newline_delimitedByte frames which are delimited by a newline character.
octet_countingByte frames according to the octet counting format.
default: bytes
Options for the newline delimited decoder.
Relevant when: method = "newline_delimited"

The maximum length of the byte buffer.

This length does not include the trailing delimiter.

framing.octet_counting

optional object
Options for the octet counting decoder.
Relevant when: method = "octet_counting"
The maximum length of the byte buffer.

headers

optional object

Headers to apply to the HTTP requests.

One or more values for the same header can be provided.

headers.*

required [string]
An HTTP request header and it’s value(s).

method

optional string literal enum
Specifies the method of the HTTP request.
Enum options string literal
OptionDescription
DELETEHTTP DELETE method.
GETHTTP GET method.
HEADHTTP HEAD method.
PATCHHTTP PATCH method.
POSTHTTP POST method.
PUTHTTP Put method.
default: GET

proxy

optional object

Proxy configuration.

Configure to proxy traffic through an HTTP(S) proxy when making external requests. Similar to common proxy configuration convention, users can set different proxies to use based on the type of traffic being proxied, as well as set specific hosts that should not be proxied.

proxy.enabled

optional bool
Enables proxying support.
default: true

proxy.http

optional string literal

Proxy endpoint to use when proxying HTTP traffic.

Must be a valid URI string.

Examples
"http://foo.bar:3128"

proxy.https

optional string literal

Proxy endpoint to use when proxying HTTPS traffic.

Must be a valid URI string.

Examples
"http://foo.bar:3128"

proxy.no_proxy

optional [string]

A list of hosts to avoid proxying.

Multiple patterns are allowed:

PatternExample match
Domain namesexample.com matches requests to example.com
Wildcard domains.example.com matches requests to example.com and its subdomains
IP addresses127.0.0.1 matches requests to 127.0.0.1
CIDR blocks192.168.0.0/16 matches requests to any IP addresses in this range
Splat* matches all hosts

query

optional object

Custom parameters for the HTTP request query string.

One or more values for the same parameter key can be provided.

The parameters provided in this option are appended to any parameters manually provided in the endpoint option.

query.*

required [string]
A query string parameter and it’s value(s).

scrape_interval_secs

optional uint
The interval between calls.
default: 15 (seconds)

tls

optional object
TLS configuration.

tls.alpn_protocols

optional [string]

Sets the list of supported ALPN protocols.

Declare the supported ALPN protocols, which are used during negotiation with peer. Prioritized in the order they are defined.

tls.ca_file

optional string literal

Absolute path to an additional CA certificate file.

The certificate must be in the DER or PEM (X.509) format. Additionally, the certificate can be provided as an inline string 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.

The certificate must be in DER, PEM (X.509), or PKCS#12 format. Additionally, the certificate can be provided as an inline string in PEM format.

If this is set, and is not a PKCS#12 archive, key_file must also be set.

Examples
"/path/to/host_certificate.crt"

tls.key_file

optional string literal

Absolute path to a private key file used to identify this server.

The key must be in DER or PEM (PKCS#8) format. Additionally, the key can be provided as an inline string in PEM format.

Examples
"/path/to/host_certificate.key"

tls.key_pass

optional string literal

Passphrase used to unlock the encrypted key file.

This has no effect unless key_file is set.

Examples
"${KEY_PASS_ENV_VAR}"
"PassWord1"

Enables certificate verification.

If enabled, certificates must be valid in terms of not being expired, as well as being issued by a trusted issuer. This verification operates in a hierarchical manner, checking that not only the leaf certificate (the certificate presented by the client/server) is valid, but also that the issuer of that certificate is valid, and so on until reaching a root certificate.

Relevant for both incoming and outgoing connections.

Do NOT set this to false unless you understand the risks of not verifying the validity of certificates.

tls.verify_hostname

optional bool

Enables hostname verification.

If enabled, the hostname used to connect to the remote host must be present in the TLS certificate presented by the remote host, either as the Common Name or as an entry in the Subject Alternative Name extension.

Only relevant for outgoing connections.

Do NOT set this to false unless you understand the risks of not verifying the remote hostname.

Environment variables

HTTPS_PROXY

common optional string literal

The global URL to proxy HTTPS requests through.

If another HTTPS proxy is set in the configuration file or at a component level, this one will be overridden.

The lowercase variant has priority over the uppercase one.

Examples
http://foo.bar:3128

HTTP_PROXY

common optional string literal

The global URL to proxy HTTP requests through.

If another HTTP proxy is set in the configuration file or at a component level, this one will be overridden.

The lowercase variant has priority over the uppercase one.

Examples
http://foo.bar:3128

NO_PROXY

common optional string literal

List of hosts to avoid proxying globally.

Allowed patterns here include:

PatternExample match
Domain namesexample.com matches requests to example.com
Wildcard domains.example.come matches requests to example.com and its subdomains
IP addresses127.0.0.1 matches requests to 127.0.0.1
CIDR blocks192.168.0.0./16 matches requests to any IP addresses in this range
Splat* matches all hosts

If another no_proxy value is set in the configuration file or at a component level, this one is overridden.

The lowercase variant has priority over the uppercase one.

Examples
localhost,.example.com,192.168.0.0./16
*

http_proxy

common optional string literal

The global URL to proxy HTTP requests through.

If another HTTP proxy is set in the configuration file or at a component level, this one will be overridden.

The lowercase variant has priority over the uppercase one.

Examples
http://foo.bar:3128

https_proxy

common optional string literal

The global URL to proxy HTTPS requests through.

If another HTTPS proxy is set in the configuration file or at a component level, this one will be overridden.

The lowercase variant has priority over the uppercase one.

Examples
http://foo.bar:3128

no_proxy

common optional string literal

List of hosts to avoid proxying globally.

Allowed patterns here include:

PatternExample match
Domain namesexample.com matches requests to example.com
Wildcard domains.example.come matches requests to example.com and its subdomains
IP addresses127.0.0.1 matches requests to 127.0.0.1
CIDR blocks192.168.0.0./16 matches requests to any IP addresses in this range
Splat* matches all hosts

If another no_proxy value is set in the configuration file or at a component level, this one is overridden.

The lowercase variant has priority over the uppercase one.

Examples
localhost,.example.com,192.168.0.0./16
*

Outputs

<component_id>

Default output stream of the component. Use this component’s ID as an input to downstream transforms and sinks.

Output Data

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.
source_type
The name of the source type.

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.
source_type
The name of the source type.

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.
source_type
The name of the source type.

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.
source_type
The name of the source type.

set

gauge
A set represents an array of unique values.
* optional
Any tags present on the metric.
source_type
The name of the source type.

Logs

Structured

An individual line from an application/json request
Fields
* optional *
Any field contained in your JSON payload
source_type required string literal
The name of the source type.
Examples
http_client
timestamp required timestamp
The exact time the event was ingested into Vector.
Examples
2020-10-10T17:07:36.452332Z

Text

An individual line from a text/plain HTTP request
Fields
message required string literal
The raw line from the incoming payload.
Examples
Hello world
source_type required string literal
The name of the source type.
Examples
http_client
timestamp required timestamp
The exact time the event was ingested into Vector.
Examples
2020-10-10T17:07:36.452332Z

Telemetry

Metrics

link

component_discarded_events_total

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

component_errors_total

counter
The total number of errors encountered by this component.
component_id
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
The Vector component type.
error_type
The type of the error
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.
stage
The stage within the component at which the error occurred.

component_received_bytes_total

counter
The number of raw bytes accepted by this component from source origins.
component_id
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
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 optional
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 optional
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_received_event_bytes_total

counter
The number of event bytes accepted by this component either from tagged origins like file and uri, or cumulatively from other origins.
component_id
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
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 optional
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 optional
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_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
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
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 optional
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 optional
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
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
The Vector component type.
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
output optional
The specific output of the component.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.

component_sent_events_total

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

http_error_response_total

counter
The total number of HTTP error responses for this component.
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.

http_request_errors_total

counter
The total number of HTTP request errors for this component.
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.

parse_errors_total

counter
The total number of errors parsing metrics for this component.
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.

processed_bytes_total

counter
The number of bytes processed by the component.
component_id
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
The Vector component type.
container_name optional
The name of the container from which the bytes originate.
file optional
The file from which the bytes originate.
host optional
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 bytes originate.
peer_path optional
The pathname from which the bytes originate.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.
pod_name optional
The name of the pod from which the bytes originate.
uri optional
The sanitized URI from which the bytes originate.

processed_events_total

counter
The total number of events processed by this component. This metric is deprecated in place of using component_received_events_total and component_sent_events_total metrics.
component_id
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
The Vector component type.
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.

request_duration_seconds

histogram
The total request duration in seconds.
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.

requests_completed_total

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

source_lag_time_seconds

histogram
The difference between the timestamp recorded in each event and the time when it was ingested, expressed as fractional seconds.
component_id
The Vector component ID.
component_kind
The Vector component kind.
component_name
Deprecated, use component_id instead. The value is the same as component_id.
component_type
The Vector component type.
host optional
The hostname of the system Vector is running on.
pid optional
The process ID of the Vector instance.

How it works

Context

By default, the http_client 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.