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Apache NiFi MiNiFi is an Apache NiFi project, designed to collect data at its source. MiNiFi was developed with the following objectives in mind:

Before You Begin

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.

Installing and Starting MiNiFi

You have several options for installing and starting MiNiFi.

For Linux and Mac OS X Users

To install MiNiFi:

  1. Download MiNiFi.
  2. Extract the file to the location from which you want to the application.

You can also install MiNiFi as a service:

  1. Navigate to the MiNiFi installation directory.
  2. Enter:
bin/minifi.sh install

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 MiNiFi. You can start NiFi in the foreground, background, or as a service.

To launch MiNiFi in the foreground:

  1. From a terminal window, navigate to the MiNiFi installation directory.
  2. Enter:
bin/minifi.sh run

To launch MiNiFi in the background:

  1. From a terminal window, navigate to the MiNiFi installation directory.
  2. Enter:
bin/minifi.sh start

To launch MiNiFi as a service:

  1. From a terminal window, enter:
sudo service minifi start

For Windows Users

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

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:

  1. Launch NiFi
  2. Create a dataflow.
  3. Convert your dataflow into a template.
  4. Download your template as an .xml file. For more information on working with templates, see the Templates section in the User Guide.
  5. From the MiNiFi Toolkit, run the following command to turn your .xml file into a .yml file:
config.sh transform input_file output_file
  1. Move your new .yml file to minifi/conf.
  2. Rename your .yml file config.yml.

Note: You can use one template at a time, per MiNiFi instance.

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 by following these steps:

  1. Set up your dataflow as described above.
  2. Copy the desired NAR file into the MiNiFi lib directory.
  3. Restart your MiNiFi instance.

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.

Securing your Dataflow

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:

  1. Create your dataflow template as discussed above.
  2. Move it to minifi/conf and rename config.yml.
  3. Manually modify the Security Properties section of config.yml. For example:
Security Properties:
keystore type:
keystore password:
key password:
truststore type:
truststore password:
ssl protocol: TLS
Sensitive Props:
provider: BC

Managing MiNiFi

You can also perform some management tasks using MiNiFi.

Monitoring Status

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 about 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 processor:

minifi.sh flowStatus processor:TailFile:health,stats,bulletins

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.

Loading a New Dataflow

You can load a new dataflow for a MiNiFi instance to run:

  1. Create a new config.yml file with the new dataflow.
  2. Replace the existing config.yml in minifi/conf with the new file.
  3. Restart MiNiFi.

Stopping MiNiFi

You can stop MiNiFi at any time.

Stopping MiNiFi:

  1. From a terminal window, navigate to the MiNiFi installation directory.
  2. Enter:
bin/minifi.sh stop

Stopping MiNiFi as a service:

  1. From a terminal window, enter:
sudo service minifi stop