Chart version: 2.1.2
Api version: v1
App version: 2.4.2
DEPRECATED - Sumologic Log Collector
Chart Type
Set me up:
helm repo add center
Install Chart:
helm install sumologic-fluentd center/stable/sumologic-fluentd
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Sumo Logic is a hosted logging platform.


This chart is deprecated and no longer supported.


This chart adds the Sumo Logic FluentD Plugin to all nodes in your cluster as a DaemonSet. The image supports fluentd file and systemd log sources.

After you have installed the chart, each pod, deployment, etc. can be optionally configured to specify its log format, source category, source name, or exclude itself from SumoLogic.

Configure an individual pod

annotations: "text" "mywebsite/nginx" "mywebsite_nginx"

Prevent an individual pod from logging

annotations: "true"


  • Kubernetes 1.10+ with Beta APIs enabled. However, certain configuration parameters may require a more recent version of Kubernetes. Such parameters will specify the minimum Kubernetes version required in the parameter description.

Installing the Chart

To install the chart with the release name my-release, create your Sumo Logic HTTP Collector and run:

$ helm install --name my-release \
    --set sumologic.collectorUrl=YOUR-URL-HERE stable/sumologic-fluentd

After a few minutes, you should see logs available in Sumo Logic.

Tip: List all releases using helm list

Uninstalling the Chart

To uninstall/delete the my-release deployment:

$ helm delete my-release

The command removes all the Kubernetes components associated with the chart and deletes the release.


The following table lists the configurable parameters of the sumologic-fluentd chart and their default values.

Parameter Description Default
podAnnotations Annotations to add to the DaemonSet’s Pods {}
daemonsetAnnotations Annotations to add to the DaemonSet itself {}
tolerations List of node taints to tolerate (requires Kubernetes >= 1.6) []
nodeSelector Node labels for fluentd pod assignment {}
affinity Expressions for affinity {}
extraEnv List of additional env vars to append to pods []
updateStrategy OnDelete or RollingUpdate (requires Kubernetes >= 1.6) OnDelete
sumologic.collectorUrl An HTTP collector in SumoLogic that the container can send logs to via HTTP Nil You must provide your own value
sumologic.collectorUrlExistingSecret If set, use the secret with the name provided instead of creating a new one Nil You must reference an existing secret
sumologic.fluentdSource The fluentd input source, file or systemd file
sumologic.fluentdUserConfigDir A directory of user-defined fluentd configuration files, which must be in the *.conf directory in the container /fluentd/conf.d/user
sumologic.flushInterval How frequently to push logs to sumo, in seconds 5
sumologic.numThreads The number of http threads sending data to sumo 1
sumologic.sourceName Set the sumo _sourceName %{namespace}.%{pod}.%{container}
sumologic.sourceHost Set the sumo _sourceHost Nil
sumologic.sourceCategory Set the sumo _sourceCategory %{namespace}/%{pod_name}
sumologic.sourceCategoryPrefix Define a prefix, for _sourceCategory kubernetes/
sumologic.sourceCategoryReplaceDash Used to replace - with another character /
sumologic.logFormat Format to post logs, into sumo (json, json_merge, or text) json
sumologic.kubernetesMeta Include or exclude kubernetes metadata, with json format true
sumologic.excludeContainerRegex All matching containers will not be sent to sumo Nil
sumologic.excludeFacilityRegex All matching facilities will not be sent to sumo Nil
sumologic.excludeHostRegex All matching hosts will not be sent to sumo Nil
sumologic.excludeNamespaceRegex All matching namespaces will not be sent to sumo Nil
sumologic.excludePath Files in this pattern will not be sent to sumo, ie "[\"/var/log/containers/*.log\", \"/var/log/*.log\"] Nil
sumologic.excludePodRegex All matching pods will not be sent to sumo Nil
sumologic.excludePriorityRegex All matching priorities will not be sent to sumo Nil
sumologic.excludeUnitRegex All matching systemd units will not be sent to sumo Nil
sumologic.fluentdOpt Additional command line options, sent to fluentd Nil
sumologic.verifySsl Verify SumoLogic HTTPS certificates true
sumologic.multilineStartRegexp The regular expression for the concat plugin to use when merging multi-line messages /^\w{3} \d{1,2}, \d{4}/, i.e. Julian dates
sumologic.readFromHead Start to read the logs from the head of file, not bottom. Only applies to containers log files. See in_tail doc for more information true
sumologic.concatSeparator The character to use to delimit lines within the final concatenated message. Most multi-line messages contain a newline at the end of each line Nil
sumologic.auditLogPath Define the path to the Kubernetes Audit Log /mnt/log/kube-apiserver-audit.log
sumologic.timeKey The field name for json formatted sources that should be used as the time. See time_key). time
sumologic.addTimeStamp Option to control adding timestamp to logs. true
sumologic.addTime Option to control adding time to logs. true
sumologic.addStream Option to control adding stream to logs. true
sumologic.containerLogsPath Specify the path in_tail should watch for container logs. /mnt/log/containers/*.log
sumologic.proxyUri Add the uri of the proxy environment if present. Nil
sumologic.enableStatWatcher Option to control the enabling of stat_watcher. true The image repository and name to pull from sumologic/fluentd-kubernetes-sumologic
image.tag The image tag to pull v2.3.0
image.pullPolicy Image pull policy IfNotPresent
persistence.enabled Boolean value, used to turn on or off fluentd position file persistence, on nodes (requires Kubernetes >= 1.8) false
persistence.hostPath The path, on each node, to a directory for fluentd pos files. You must create the directory on each node first or set persistence.createPath (requires Kubernetes >= 1.8) /var/run/fluentd-pos
persistence.createPath Whether to create the directory on the host for you (requires Kubernetes >= 1.8) false
resources.requests.cpu CPU resource requests 100m
resources.limits.cpu CPU resource limits 256m
resources.requests.memory Memory resource requests 128Mi
resources.limits.memory Memory resource limits 256Mi
rbac.create Is Role Based Authentication enabled in the cluster false
rbac.serviceAccountName RBAC service account name {{ fullname }}
daemonset.priorityClassName Priority Class to use for the daemonset Nil

Specify each parameter using the --set key=value[,key=value] argument to helm install. For example,

$ helm install --name my-release \
    --set sumologic.collectorUrl=YOUR-URL-HERE \

Alternatively, a YAML file that specifies the values for the parameters can be provided while installing the chart. For example,

$ helm install --name my-release -f values.yaml stable/sumologic-fluentd

Tip: You can use the default values.yaml


By default, the fluentd position files will be written to an ephemeral emptyDir. Each time the pods die, new position files will be created, all of the logs in the cluster will be sent to sumologic again. To avoid unnecessary re-transmissions, pos directories can be maintained as a hostPath. Create a directory, on each of the nodes, and point persistence.hostPath at that directory.

$ helm install --name my-release \
    --set sumologic.collectorUrl=URL,persistence.hostPath=/var/run/fluentd \


By default the chart will not install the associated RBAC rolebinding, using beta annotations.

To determine if your cluster supports this running the following:

$ kubectl api-versions | grep rbac

You also need to have the following parameter on the api server. See the following document for how to enable RBAC


If the output contains “beta” or both “alpha” and “beta” you can enable rbac.

Enable RBAC role/rolebinding creation

To enable the creation of RBAC resources, do the following

$ helm install --name my-release stable/sumologic-fluentd --set rbac.create=true

Excluding and Including data

You have several options controlling the filtering of data that gets sent to Sumo Logic.

Excluding data using environment variables

There are several environment variables that can exclude data. The following table show which environment variables affect which Fluentd sources.

Environment Variable Containers Docker Kubernetes Systemd

Excluding data using annotations

You can also use the annotation to exclude data from Sumo. This data is sent to FluentD, but not to Sumo Logic.

apiVersion: v1
kind: ReplicationController
  name: nginx
  replicas: 1
    app: mywebsite
      name: nginx
        app: mywebsite
      annotations: "text" "mywebsite/nginx" "mywebsite_nginx" "true"
      - name: nginx
        image: nginx
        - containerPort: 80

Include excluded using annotations

If you excluded a whole namespace, but still need one or few pods to be still included for shipping to Sumo Logic, you can use the annotation to include data to Sumo. It takes precedence over the exclusion described above.

apiVersion: v1
kind: ReplicationController
  name: nginx
  replicas: 1
    app: mywebsite
      name: nginx
        app: mywebsite
      annotations: "text" "mywebsite/nginx" "mywebsite_nginx" "true"
      - name: nginx
        image: nginx
        - containerPort: 80

FluentD stops processing logs

When dealing with large volumes of data (TB’s from what we have seen), FluentD may stop processing logs, but continue to run. This issue seems to be caused by the scalability of the inotify process that is packaged with the FluentD in_tail plugin. If you encounter this situation, setting the ENABLE_STAT_WATCHER to false should resolve this issue.