HEC - HTTP Event Collector

Humio’s HEC API is an alternative HTTP ingest endpoint.

You will find it at /api/v1/ingest/hec and at /services/collector.

Format of data

Ingested data is a series of whitespace delimited JSON objects, containing one or more of the following elements. All elements are optional.

member description
"time" Time in seconds since January 1, 1970 in UTC. This can be a decimal or real number to support milliseconds. Humio represents time with millisecond precision.
"timezone" Can be used to describe the time zone in which the event happened. Defaults to Z, that is, UTC.
"index" Optional name of the repository to ingest into. In public-facing API’s this must – if present – be equal to the repository used to create the ingest token used for authentication. In private cluster setups, humio can be configured to allow these to be different. See below.
"sourcetype" Translated to #type inside Humio. If set, this is used to choose which Humio parser to use for extracting fields
"source" Translated to the @source field in Humio. Typically used to designate the path to the file that is being shipped to Humio.
"host" Translated to the @host field in Humio. Typically used to designate the origin host.
"event" This can be either a JSON Object or a String. Translated to the @rawstring field in Humio. When this is a JSON Object, all members of the object will become accessible fields in humio with no further processing. If it is a string, the key/value parser is always applied to the string to extract elements. The key/value parser searches for key=value, key="value" or key='value'.
"fields" JSON object containing extra fields to the event. This can be used if "event" is a string and it is pre-processed prior to ingest to extract fields. Tags #tags can be added to the event by specifying fields starting with #.


You will need to provide a Humio Ingest Token in the HTTP Authorization header.

The ingest token contains the name of the repository the data is stored in, and ingested events will be stored in the repository corresponding to the ingest token.

If the Humio configuration variable ALLOW_CHANGE_REPO_ON_EVENTS=true is set, then HEC allows ingest to any repository specified as "index": "<repository-name>" in the body of a message, as long as the ingest token is valid for any existing repository on the humio server. If the named repo does not exist then the event remains in the repo designated by the ingest token.

This is a potential security issue on a public API endpoint, so this option should only be used inside a trusted environment. For the same reason this feature is not enabled on Humio Cloud.


cat << EOF > events.json
  "time" : 1537537729.0,
  "event" : "Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:48:49 GMT - system started name=webserver",
  "source" : "/var/log/application.log",
  "sourcetype" : "applog",
  "fields" : {
    "#env" : "prod"

  "time" : 1537535729.0,
  "event" : {
    "message" : "System shutdown",
    "host" : {
      "ip" : "",
      "port" : 2222
  "fields" : { "#datacenter" : "amazon-east1" }

curl $YOUR_HUMIO_URL/api/v1/ingest/hec \
 -X POST \
 -H "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8" \
 -H "Authorization: Bearer $API_TOKEN" \
  --data "@events.json"

You must make the following changes to the sample configuration

  • Add other fields in the fields section. These fields, and their values, will be added to each event.

  • Insert the URL containing the Humio host in the $YOUR_HUMIO_URL field.

  • $INGEST_TOKEN is the ingest token for your repository, (a string such as fS6Kdlb0clqe0UwPcc4slvNFP3Qn1COzG9DEVLw7v0Ii).