(README.md) # Packetbeat [![Jenkins Build Status](http://build-eu-00.elastic.co/job/packetbeat/badge/icon)](http://build-eu-00.elastic.co/job/packetbeat/) [![Travis Build Status](https://travis-ci.org/elastic/packetbeat.svg?branch=master)](https://travis-ci.org/elastic/packetbeat) Packetbeat is an open source network packet analyzer that ships the data to Elasticsearch. Think of it like a distributed real-time Wireshark with a lot more analytics features. The Packetbeat shippers sniff the traffic between your application processes, parse on the fly protocols like HTTP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis or Thrift and correlate the messages into transactions. For each transaction, the shipper inserts a JSON document into Elasticsearch, where it is stored and indexed. You can then use Kibana to view key metrics and do ad-hoc queries against the data. To learn more about Packetbeat, check out <https://www.elastic.co/products/beats/packetbeat>. ## Getting started Please follow the [getting started](https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/beats/packetbeat/current/packetbeat-getting-started.html) guide from the docs. ## Documentation Please visit [elastic.co](https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/beats/packetbeat/current/index.html) for the documentation. ## Bugs and feature requests If you have an issue, please start by opening a topic on the [forums](https://discuss.elastic.co/c/beats/packetbeat). We'll help you troubleshoot and work with you on a solution. If you are sure you found a bug or have a feature request, open an issue on [Github](https://github.com/elastic/packetbeat/issues). ## Contributions We love contributions from our community! Please read the [CONTRIBUTING.md](CONTRIBUTING.md) file.