@bitsensor/elastalert

A server that runs ElastAlert and exposes REST API's for manipulating rules and alerts.

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Elastalert Server

A server that runs ElastAlert and exposes REST API's for manipulating rules and alerts. It works great in combination with our ElastAlert Kibana plugin.

Docker installation

The default configuration uses localhost as ES host. You will want to mount the volumes for configuration and rule files to keep them after container updates. In order to do that conviniently, please do a git clone https://github.com/bitsensor/elastalert.git; cd elastalert

Bash

docker run -d -p 3030:3030 \
    -v `pwd`/config/elastalert.yaml:/opt/elastalert/config.yaml \
    -v `pwd`/config/config.json:/opt/elastalert-server/config/config.json \
    -v `pwd`/rules:/opt/elastalert/rules \
    -v `pwd`/rule_templates:/opt/elastalert/rule_templates \
    --net="host" \
    --name elastalert bitsensor/elastalert:latest

Fish

docker run -d -p 3030:3030 \
    -v (pwd)/config/elastalert.yaml:/opt/elastalert/config.yaml \
    -v (pwd)/config/config.json:/opt/elastalert-server/config/config.json \
    -v (pwd)/rules:/opt/elastalert/rules \
    -v (pwd)/rule_templates:/opt/elastalert/rule_templates \
    --net="host" \
    --name elastalert bitsensor/elastalert:latest

Configuration

ElastAlert parameters

ElastAlert supports additional arguments, that can be passed in the config.json file. An example is given in config/config-historic-data-example.json.

Installation using npm and manual ElastAlert setup

Requirements

Building from source

  1. Clone the repository
    git clone https://github.com/bitsensor/elastalert.git elastalert
    cd elastalert
    
  2. Run nvm install "$(cat .nvmrc)" to install & use the required NodeJS version.
  3. Run npm install to install all the dependencies.
  4. Look at the Config section to setup the path to your ElastAlert instance.

Now, you can run the server with npm start. By default the server runs on http://localhost:3030.

Building

If you want to build the server and run the build version:

  1. Run the installation guide shown above
  2. Run npm run build

You can then start the build by running node lib/index.js.

Install ElastAlert to /opt/elastalert

And run pip install -r requirements.txt or read the installation guide of ElastAlert.

Config

In config/config.example.json you'll find the default config. You can make a config.json file in the same folder that overrides the default config. When forking this repository it is recommended to remove config.json from the .gitignore file. For local testing purposes you can then use a config.dev.json file which overrides config.json.

You can use the following config options:

{
  "appName": "elastalert-server", // The name used by the logging framework.
  "port": 3030, // The port to bind to
  "elastalertPath": "/opt/elastalert",  // The path to the root ElastAlert folder. It's the folder that contains the `setup.py` script.
  "start": "2014-01-01T00:00:00", // Optional date to start querying from
  "end": "2016-01-01T00:00:00", // Optional date to stop querying at
  "verbose": true, // Optional, will increase the logging verboseness, which allows you to see information about the state of queries.
  "es_debug": true, // Optional, will enable logging for all queries made to Elasticsearch
  "debug": false, // Will run ElastAlert in debug mode. This will increase the logging verboseness, change all alerts to DebugAlerter, which prints alerts and suppresses their normal action, and skips writing search and alert metadata back to Elasticsearch.
  "rulesPath": { // The path to the rules folder containing all the rules. If the folder is empty a dummy file will be created to allow ElastAlert to start.
    "relative": true, // Whether to use a path relative to the `elastalertPath` folder.
    "path": "/rules" // The path to the rules folder. 
  },
  "templatesPath": { // The path to the rules folder containing all the rule templates. If the folder is empty a dummy file will be created to allow ElastAlert to start.
    "relative": true, // Whether to use a path relative to the `elastalertPath` folder.
    "path": "/rule_templates" // The path to the rule templates folder.
  },
  "dataPath": { // The path to a folder that the server can use to store data and temporary files.
    "relative": true, // Whether to use a path relative to the `elastalertPath` folder.
    "path": "/server_data" // The path to the data folder.
  }
}

API

This server exposes the following REST API's:

  • GET /

    Exposes the current version running

  • GET /status

    Returns either 'SETUP', 'READY', 'ERROR', 'STARTING', 'CLOSING', 'FIRST_RUN' or 'IDLE' depending on the current ElastAlert process status.

  • GET /status/control/:action

    Where :action can be either 'start' or 'stop', which will respectively start or stop the current ElastAlert process.

  • [WIP] GET /status/errors

    When /status returns 'ERROR' this returns a list of errors that were triggered.

  • GET /rules

    Returns a list of directories and rules that exist in the rulesPath (from the config) and are being run by the ElastAlert process.

  • GET /rules/:id

    Where :id is the id of the rule returned by GET /rules, which will return the file contents of that rule.

  • POST /rules/:id

    Where :id is the id of the rule returned by GET /rules, which will allow you to edit the rule. The body send should be:

    ```javascript
    {
      // Required - The full yaml rule config.
      "yaml": "..."
    }
    ```
    
  • DELETE /rules/:id

    Where :id is the id of the rule returned by GET /rules, which will delete the given rule.

  • GET /templates

    Returns a list of directories and templates that exist in the templatesPath (from the config) and are being run by the ElastAlert process.

  • GET /templates/:id

    Where :id is the id of the template returned by GET /templates, which will return the file contents of that template.

  • POST /templates/:id

    Where :id is the id of the template returned by GET /templates, which will allow you to edit the template. The body send should be:

    ```javascript
    {
      // Required - The full yaml template config.
      "yaml": "..."
    }
    ```
    
  • DELETE /templates/:id

    Where :id is the id of the template returned by GET /templates, which will delete the given template.

  • POST /test

    This allows you to test a rule. The body send should be:

    ```javascript
    {
      // Required - The full yaml rule config.
      "rule": "...",
      
      // Optional - The options to use for testing the rule.
      "options": {
      
        // Can be either "all", "schemaOnly" or "countOnly". "all" will give the full console output. 
        // "schemaOnly" will only validate the yaml config. "countOnly" will only find the number of matching documents and list available fields.
        "testType": "all",
        
        // Can be any number larger than 0 and this tells ElastAlert over a period of how many days the test should be run
        "days": "1"
        
        // Whether to send real alerts
        "alert": false
      }
    }
    ``` 
    
  • [WIP] GET /config

    Gets the ElastAlert configuration from config.yaml in elastalertPath (from the config).

  • [WIP] POST /config

    Allows you to edit the ElastAlert configuration from config.yaml in elastalertPath (from the config). The required body to be send will be edited when the work on this API is done.

Contributing

Want to contribute to this project? Great! Please read our contributing guidelines before submitting an issue or a pull request.

We only accept pull requests on our GitHub repository!

Contact

We'd love to help you if you have any questions. You can contact us by sending an e-mail to dev@bitsensor.io or by using the contact info on our website.

License

This project is BSD Licensed with some modifications. Note that this only accounts for the ElastAlert Server, not ElastAlert itself (ElastAlert License).

Disclaimer

We (BitSensor) do not have any rights over the original ElastAlert project from Yelp. We do not own any trademarks or copyright to the name "ElastAlert" (ElastAlert, however, does because of their Apache 2 license). We do own copyright over the source code of this project, as stated in our BSD license, which means the copyright notice below and as stated in the BSD license should be included in (merged / changed) distributions of this project. The BSD license also states that making promotional content using 'BitSensor' is prohibited. However we hereby grant permission to anyone who wants to use the phrases 'BitSensor ElastAlert Plugin', 'BitSensor Software' or 'BitSensor Alerting' in promotional content. Phrases like 'We use BitSensor' or 'We use BitSensor security' when only using our ElastAlert Server are forbidden.

Copyright

Copyright © 2018, BitSensor B.V. All rights reserved.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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