Install Vector on Amazon Linux

The Amazon Linux AMI is a supported and maintained Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). It is designed to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running on Amazon EC2. This page will cover installing and managing Vector on the Amazon Linux operating system.

Install

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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 \
    'https://repositories.timber.io/public/vector/cfg/setup/bash.rpm.sh' \
    | sudo -E bash
  2. Install Vector

    sudo yum install vector
  3. Configure Vector

    cat <<-'VECTORCFG' > /etc/vector/vector.toml
    # Vector's API for introspection
    [api]
    enabled = true
    address = "127.0.0.1:8686"
    # Host-level logs
    [sources.logs]
    type = "journald"
    # Host-level metrics (cpu, memory, disk, etc)
    [sources.host_metrics]
    type = "host_metrics"
    # Vector's own internal metrics
    [sources.internal_metrics]
    type = "internal_metrics"
    # --> Add transforms here to parse, enrich, and process data
    # print all events, replace this with your desired sink(s)
    # https://vector.dev/docs/reference/sinks/
    [sinks.out]
    type = "console"
    inputs = [ "logs", "host_metrics", "internal_metrics" ]
    encoding.codec = "json"
    VECTORCFG
  4. Restart Vector

    sudo systemctl restart vector
  5. Observe Vector

    sudo journalctl -fu vector
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Deployment

Vector is an end-to-end observability data platform 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 topologies:

Common Deployment Topologies

Administration

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Start

sudo systemctl start vector
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Stop

sudo systemctl stop vector
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Reload

systemctl kill -s HUP --kill-who=main vector.service
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Restart

sudo systemctl restart vector
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Observe

sudo journalctl -fu vector
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Upgrade

sudo yum upgrade vector
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Uninstall

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sudo yum remove vector
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