Apache NiFi MiNiFi is an Apache NiFi project, designed to collect data at its source. MiNiFi was developed with the following objectives in mind:
MiNiFi Java Agent is supported on the following operating systems:
You can download the MiNiFi Java Agent and the MiNiFi Toolkit from the MiNiFi download page.
You have several options for installing and starting MiNiFi.
To install MiNiFi:
You can also install MiNiFi as a service:
Note: You can also specify a custom name for your MiNiFi installation, by specifying that name during your install command. For example, to install MiNiFi as a service and named dataflow, enter:
bin/minifi.sh install dataflow
Once you have downloaded and installed MiNiFi, you need to start MiNiF. You can start NiFi in the foreground, background, or as a service.
To launch MiNiFi in the foreground:
To launch MiNiFi in the background:
To launch MiNiFi as a service:
sudo service minifi start
For Windows users, navigate to the folder where MiNiFi was installed. Navigate to the /bin subdirectory and double-click the run-minifi.bat file.
This launches MiNiFi and leaves it running in the foreground. To shut down NiFi, select the window that was launched and hold the Ctrl key while pressing C.
#Working with dataflows
When you are working with a MiNiFi dataflow, you should design it, add any additional configuration your environment or use case requires, and then deploy your dataflow. MiNiFi is not designed to accommodate substantial mid-dataflow configuration.
##Setting up Your Dataflow
Before you begin, you should be aware that the following NiFi components are not supported in MiNiFi dataflows:
Additionally, each processor requires a distinct name.
You can use the MiNiFi Toolkit, located in your MiNiFi installation directory, and any NiFi instance to set up the dataflow you want MiNiFi to run:
config.sh transform input_file output_file
Result: Once you have your config.yml file in the minifi/conf directory, launch that instance of MiNiFi and your dataflow begins automatically.
##Using Processors Not Packaged with MiNiFi
MiNiFi is able to use following processors out of the box:
MiNiFi is able to use the StandardSSLContextService out of the box.
If you want to create a dataflow with a processor not shipped with MiNiFi, you can do so.
Note: The following processors are also a part of the default distribution but require adding a NAR for a Controller Service not packaged by default. The processors are grouped by the NAR that is required.
You can secure your MiNiFi dataflow using keystore or trust store SSL protocols, however, this information is not automatically generated. You will need to generate your security configuration information yourself.
To run a MiNiFi dataflow securely, modify the Security Properties section of your config.yml file.
Security Properties: keystore: keystore type: keystore password: key password: truststore: truststore type: truststore password: ssl protocol: TLS Sensitive Props: key: algorithm: PBEWITHMD5AND256BITAES-CBC-OPENSSL provider: BC
You can also perform some management tasks using MiNiFi.
You can use the minifi.sh flowStatus option to monitor a range of aspects of your MiNiFi operational and dataflow status. You can use the flowStatus option to get information dataflow component health and functionality, a MiNiFi instance, or system diagnostics.
FlowStatus accepts the following flags and options:
For example, this query gets the health, stats, and bulletins for the TailFile processors:
Note: Currently, the script only accepts one high level option at a time.
Note: Any connections, remote process groups or processors names that contain ":", ";" or "," will cause parsing errors when querying.
For details on the flowStatus option, see the FlowStatus Query Option section of the Administration Guide.
You can load a new dataflow for a MiNiFi instance to run:
You can stop MiNiFi at any time.
Stopping MiNiFi as a service:
sudo service minifi stop