Install Vector on Debian

Debian), also known as Debian GNU/Linux, is a Linux distribution composed of free and open-source software, developed by the community-supported Debian Project. This page will cover installing and managing Vector on the Debian operating system.


Vector daemon deployment strategyVector daemon deployment strategy
1. Your service logs to STDOUT
STDOUT follows the 12 factor principles.
2. STDOUT is captured
STDOUT is captured by your platform.
3. Vector collects & fans-out data
Vector collects data from your platform.

The agent role is designed to collect all data on a single host. Vector runs as a background process and interfaces with a host-level APIs for data collection. By default, Vector will collect logs from Journald via Vector's journald source and metrics via the host_metrics source, but it is recommended to adjust your pipeline as necessary using Vector's sources, transforms, and sinks.

  1. Add the Vector repo

    curl -1sLf \
    '' \
    | sudo -E bash
  2. Install Vector

    sudo apt-get install vector
  3. Configure Vector

  4. Restart Vector

    sudo systemctl restart vector
  5. Observe Vector

    sudo journalctl -fu vector
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Vector is an end-to-end observability data pipeline designed to deploy under various roles. You mix and match these roles to create topologies. The intent is to make Vector as flexible as possible, allowing you to fluidly integrate Vector into your infrastructure over time. The deployment section demonstrates common Vector pipelines:

Common Deployment Topologies




sudo systemctl start vector
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sudo systemctl stop vector
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systemctl kill -s HUP --kill-who=main vector.service
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sudo systemctl restart vector
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sudo journalctl -fu vector
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sudo apt-get upgrade vector
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sudo apt remove vector
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