Event Forwarder

The Event Forwarder (formerly known as the Elasticsearch REST plugin) forwards events to Elasticsearch. The events in Elasticsearch can then be used for indexing, long time archival, plotting with Grafana, and browsing with Kibana.

If you use Kibana, make sure you are using the version that is compatible with your version of Elasticsearch.


The configuration is held in ${OPENNMS_HOME}/etc/org.opennms.plugin.elasticsearch.rest.forwarder.cfg. Please refer to Configuring Elasticsearch for information on how to configure Elasticsearch connection settings.

Besides the general Elasticsearch connection settings, the following properties are supported to configure the Event Forwarder:

Table 1. Optional parameters for the Elasticsearch event forwarder
Parameter Description Default


Whether to forward the event description field to Elasticsearch. It can be disabled as it contains a long text field that can be redundant with the rest of the metadata included in the event.



If true, the following attributes representing useful node asset fields from the node asset table are included in archived events and alarms. These are included only where the values are not null or empty strings in the table.+ asset-latitude, asset-longitude, asset-region, asset-building, asset-floor, asset-room, asset-rack, asset-slot, asset-port, asset-category, asset-displaycategory, asset-notifycategory, asset-pollercategory, asset-thresholdcategory asset-managedobjecttype, asset-managedobjectinstance, asset-manufacturer, asset-vendor, asset-modelnumber, parent-nodelabel, parent-nodeid, parent-foreignsource, parent-foreignid.



If true, all OIDs from the event parameters are stored in a single array p_oids instead of a flattened structure.



If changed to true, then archive all events even if they have not been persisted in the Meridian database.



Increase this value to enable batch inserts into Elasticsearch. This is the maximum size of a batch of events that is sent to Elasticsearch in a single connection.



The maximum time interval in milliseconds between batch events (recommended: 500ms) when using a batchSize value greater than.


Once you are sure everything is correctly configured, you can activate the Event Forwarder by logging into the OSGi console and installing the feature: opennms-es-rest.

OSGi login and installation of the Elasticsearch forwarder
ssh admin@localhost -p 8101
karaf> feature:install opennms-es-rest

Loading historical events

It is possible to load historical Meridian events into Elasticsearch from the Meridian database using a Karaf Console command. The command uses the Meridian Events REST interface to retrieve a set number of historical events and forward them to Elasticsearch. Because we are using the REST interface, it is also possible to contact a remote Meridian and download its events into Elasticsearch by using the correct remote URL and credentials.

Example sending historic events to Elasticsearch using the Karaf Console:
# open karaf command prompt using
# ssh -p 8101 admin@localhost
karaf> opennms:send-events-to-elasticsearch --username admin --password admin --url http://localhost:8980 --limit 10 --offset 0
For more details, consolidate the --help option of the command.

Index definition

The index names used to store the events use the following form: opennms-raw-events-<index-strategy>/type/id

Sample index name using a monthly index strategy

Viewing events using Kibana Sense

Kibana Sense is a Kibana app that lets you run queries directly against Elasticsearch.

If you install Kibana Sense, you can use the following commands to view the events sent to Elasticsearch. You should review the https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/search.html) [Elasticsearch REST API documentation] to understand how to specify searches.

Example searches to use in Kibana Sense
# Search all the events indexes

GET /opennms-events-*/_search

# Search all the raw events indexes

GET /opennms-events-raw*/_search

# Delete all the events indexes

DELETE /opennms-events-*/

# Get all the raw events indexes

GET /opennms-events-raw*/