Cribl Stream on AWS

Partner Solution Deployment Guide


May 2022
Kam Amir, Cribl
Tony Bulding, AWS Integration & Automation team

Refer to the GitHub repository to view source files, report bugs, submit feature ideas, and post feedback about this Partner Solution. To comment on the documentation, refer to Feedback.

This Partner Solution was created by Cribl in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Partner Solutions are automated reference deployments that help people deploy popular technologies on AWS according to AWS best practices. If you’re unfamiliar with AWS Partner Solutions, refer to the AWS Partner Solution General Information Guide.


This Partner Solution deploys Cribl Stream on the AWS Cloud. If you are unfamiliar with AWS Partner Solutions, refer to the AWS Partner Solution General Information Guide.

Costs and licenses

This Partner Solution requires a subscription to Cribl Stream Single Instance (Free) x86_64 on the AWS Marketplace.

There are no additional licenses required to use this Partner Solution.

There is no cost to use this Partner Solution, however you will be billed for the resources deployed. For more information see the AWS Partner Solution General Content Guide.


Deploying this Partner Solution for a new virtual private cloud (VPC) with default parameters builds the following Stream environment in the AWS Cloud.

Figure 1. Partner Solution architecture for Stream on AWS

As shown in Figure 1, the Partner Solution sets up the following:

  • A highly available architecture that spans two Availability Zones in your virtual private cloud (VPC).

  • An Application Load Balancer to route traffic to Cribl Stream instances.

  • In the public subnets, Cribl Stream deployed to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in an Auto Scaling group.*

  • An S3 bucket to test sending and receiving Cribl Stream data.

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for a role and policy providing the Cribl Stream instances access to the S3 bucket. You can add other Cribl-supported data sources and destinations by editing the IAM policy after deployment.

  • By default, to give users a better experience when getting started with Cribl Stream, this Partner Solution deploys in a public subnet. If you’re deploying this Partner Solution in a production environment, consider using a private subnet.

Deployment options

This Partner Solution provides six deployment options:

The Partner Solution provides separate templates for these options. It also lets you configure Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) blocks, instance types, and Stream settings.

Deployment steps

  1. Sign in to your AWS account, and launch this Partner Solution, as described under Deployment options. The AWS CloudFormation console opens with a prepopulated template.

  2. Choose the correct AWS Region, and then choose Next.

  3. On the Create stack page, keep the default setting for the template URL, and then choose Next.

  4. On the Specify stack details page, change the stack name if needed. Review the parameters for the template. Provide values for the parameters that require input. For all other parameters, review the default settings and customize them as necessary. When you finish reviewing and customizing the parameters, choose Next.

    Unless you’re customizing the Partner Solution templates or are instructed otherwise in this guide’s Predeployment section, don’t change the default settings for the following parameters: QSS3BucketName, QSS3BucketRegion, and QSS3KeyPrefix. Changing the values of these parameters will modify code references that point to the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket name and key prefix. For more information, refer to the AWS Partner Solutions Contributor’s Guide.
  5. On the Configure stack options page, you can specify tags (key-value pairs) for resources in your stack and set advanced options. When you finish, choose Next.

  6. On the Review page, review and confirm the template settings. Under Capabilities, select all of the check boxes to acknowledge that the template creates AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) resources that might require the ability to automatically expand macros.

  7. Choose Create stack. The stack takes about 15 minutes to deploy.

  8. Monitor the stack’s status, and when the status is CREATE_COMPLETE, the Cribl Stream deployment is ready.

  9. To view the created resources, choose the Outputs tab.

Postdeployment steps

Logging into the Cribl

Log in to Cribl Stream with the credential supplied in the nested CriblDeploy "Outputs" tab on your CloudFormation stack.

Adding other data sources and destinations

You can add data sources, such as Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), or Amazon S3, to the IAM policy that is included with the deployment. You must have the ARN and IAM policy requirements for any services that you to add. After editing the IAM policy, refer to the following links to integrate the added source or destination with Stream.

Data destinations

Aditional resources


  • During deployment, you must select two Availability Zones or the deployment will fail.

  • You can use a git repository to backup your configurations. For more information, refer to GitOps on Cribl.

For troubleshooting common Partner Solution issues visit the AWS Partner Solution General Content Guide or the Troubleshooting CloudFormation page in the AWS documentation.


Q. I encountered a CREATE_FAILED error when I launched the Partner Solution.

A. If AWS CloudFormation fails to create the stack, relaunch the template with Rollback on failure set to Disabled. This setting is under Advanced in the AWS CloudFormation console on the Configure stack options page. With this setting, the stack’s state is retained, and the instance keeps running so that you can troubleshoot the issue. (For Windows, look at the log files in %ProgramFiles%\Amazon\EC2ConfigService and C:\cfn\log.)

When you set Rollback on failure to Disabled, you continue to incur AWS charges for this stack. Delete the stack when you finish troubleshooting.

For more information, see Troubleshooting AWS CloudFormation.

Q. I encountered a size-limitation error when I deployed the AWS CloudFormation templates.

A. Launch the Partner Solution templates from the links in this guide or from another S3 bucket. If you deploy the templates from a local copy on your computer or from a location other than an S3 bucket, you might encounter template-size limitations. For more information, see AWS CloudFormation quotas.

Q. Can I deploy this Partner Solution in a different AWS Region other than the default (us-east-1)?

A. You can enter a different Region during deployment for the Partner Solution S3 bucket Region parameter. For any Partner Solution to work in a Region other than its default Region, all the services it deploys must be supported in that Region. You can launch a Partner Solution in any Region and see if it works. If you get an error such as Unrecognized resource type, the Partner Solution is not supported in that Region. For an up-to-date list of AWS Regions and the AWS services they support, see AWS Regional Services.

Q. Can I modify the EC2 IAM policy to include other S3 buckets, Kinesis streams, or other AWS resources for my instance to access?

A. Yes. For more information, refer to S3 and SQS Permissions and Amazon Kinesis Streams.

Q. Where can I find the Cribl URL output when I choose a deployment option into a new VPC? A. Refer to the Cribl LogStream Web URL output of the CloudFormation stack after deployment. To log in, use the Stream instance AMI ID as the password.

Q. After my instance was rebuilt by the Auto Scaling group, I can no longer log in to my instance. What’s the new password? A. When the Auto Scaling group rebuilds an instance, it resets the administrator password to the new instance’s AMI ID.

Customer responsibility

After you deploy a Partner Solution, confirm that your resources and services are updated and configured—including any required patches—to meet your security and other needs. For more information, refer to the Shared Responsibility Model.


To submit feature ideas and report bugs, use the Issues section of the GitHub repository for this Partner Solution. To submit code, refer to the Partner Solution Contributor’s Guide. To submit feedback on this deployment guide, use the following GitHub links:


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