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I'm setting up a few logstash-forwarder agents which will send logs to a central Logstash server, and need to choose a port for Logstash to listen on. After doing some searching, there doesn't seem to be a consensus about what this port number should be. The lumberjack protocol doesn't have a well-known port assignment as far as I can see.

The closest I was able to find as a convention was port 5000 (for example, here) but that strikes me as more of a tutorial, get-it-working-fast port.

Are there any established conventions for choosing this port number?

  • As far as I know there isn't one. – Michael Hampton Jan 16 '15 at 18:37
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default is 9200 as described in the logstash documentation: http://logstash.net/docs/1.4.2/inputs/elasticsearch

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  • That's the Elasticsearch port; I'm looking for the logstash-forwarder (lumberjack) port that the raw, unfiltered log messages enter through before Logstash processes them. – smitelli Jan 16 '15 at 16:23

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