Now that the new ElastiFlow™ Unified Flow Collector is generally available, the legacy Logstash-based solution in this repository is deprecated. It will remain here for historical purposes, but will likely only receive minimal updates, if any. You are encouraged to try out the new collector. See more details below.
ElastiFlow™ provides network flow data collection and visualization using the Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana). It supports Netflow v5/v9, sFlow and IPFIX flow types (1.x versions support only Netflow v5/v9).
I was inspired to create ElastiFlow™ following the overwhelmingly positive feedback received to an article I posted on Linkedin... WTFlow?! Are you really still paying for commercial solutions to collect and analyze network flow data?
|"ElastiFlow has significantly reduced our network flow monitoring costs. The flexibility and extensibility inherent to ElastiFlow was essential for an easy integration with our infrastructure monitoring suite."|
|“Right now this is my personal favorite analytics tool. I use it extensively and am always finding a new way to leverage it."|
|"We're using it since two months in our new datacenter and our network admins are very happy and impressed."|
|"Of all the netflow tools I’ve tested it has, by far, the best visualizations."|
|"We absolutely love ElastiFlow and recently stood it up in production. Looking forward to new functionality and dashboards."|
NOTE - Please refer to
INSTALL.mdfor installation instructions.
ElastiFlow™ is built using the Elastic Stack, including Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana. Please refer to INSTALL.md for instructions on how to install and configure ElastiFlow™.
If you are new to the Elastic Stack, this video goes beyond a simple default installation of Elasticsearch and Kibana. It discusses real-world best practices for hardware sizing and configuration, providing production-level performance and reliability.
Additionally local SSD storage should be considered as mandatory! For an in-depth look at how different storage options compare, and in particular how bad HDD-based storage is for Elasticsearch (even in multi-drive RAID0 configurations) you should watch this video...
NOTE: Please make sure that have reviewed KNOWN_ISSUES.md prior to getting started.
The following dashboards are provided.
NOTE: The dashboards are optimized for a monitor resolution of 1920x1080.
There are separate Top-N dashboards for Top Talkers, Services, Conversations and Applications.
ElastiFlow™ includes a dictionary of public IP addresses that are known to have a poor reputation. This dictionary is built from many OSINT data sources, normalized to a common taxonomy. The Threats dashboard uses this IP reputation information to highlight three threat/risk types.
There are separate Sankey dashboards for Client/Server, Source/Destination and Autonomous System perspectives. The sankey visualizations are built using the new Vega visualization plugin.
There are separate Geo Location dashboards for Client/Server and Source/Destination perspectives.
Provides a view of traffic to and from Autonomous Systems (public IP ranges)
Provides more detailed breakdown of various network traffic characteristics.
ElastiFlow™ v3.4.0 added support for IPFIX records from Ziften's ZFlow agent. In addition to being fully integrated with the standard dashboards, a stand-alone ZFlow dashboards displays network traffic based on user and command data provided by ZFlow.
This product includes GeoLite2 data created by MaxMind, available from (http://www.maxmind.com)