How to install the ELK stack using Docker Compose

I’ll write a series of posts on how to use Filebeat to read the log files of a microservice, to collect and visualize them through the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana).

In this first post we will see a very simple way to have an ELK stack installed on your PC thanks to Docker Desktop and Docker Compose.

First of all you need to have Docker Desktop running on your machine, then you can clone the really usefull project docker-elk from GitHub.

git clone

We disable the paid features by editing the file elasticsearch.yml that you can find in the directory “docker-elk/elasticsearch/config”.
We need to change the value of the “xpack.license.self_generated.type” key from “trial” to “basic”.

## Default Elasticsearch configuration from Elasticsearch base image.
# "docker-cluster"

## X-Pack settings
## see
xpack.license.self_generated.type: basic true
xpack.monitoring.collection.enabled: true

We enter then the docker-elk directory and we can start the project through Docker Compose.

cd /docker-elk
docker-compose up -d

Once finished you will be able to view the containers created on the Docker Desktop dashboard.

docker-elk containers on the Docker Desktop dashboard

Now your brand new ELK stack it’s ready and you can login through default access:

URL: http://localhost:5601
Login: elastic
Password: changeme

You can then start using Kibana and the ELK stack.

ELK stack web frontend

If you need to uninstall ELK stack just use the following command for Docker Compose.

docker-compose down -v

In a future post we will continue by adding Filebeat running on Docker as well.