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When Benthos runs it kicks off an HTTP server that provides a few generally useful endpoints and is also where configured components such as the http_server input and output can register their own endpoints if they don't require their own host/port.

The configuration for this server lives under the http namespace, with the following default values:

enabled: true
root_path: /benthos
debug_endpoints: false
cert_file: ""
key_file: ""
enabled: false
allowed_origins: []

The field enabled can be set to false in order to disable the server.

The field root_path specifies a general prefix for all endpoints, this can help isolate the service endpoints when using a reverse proxy with other shared services. All endpoints will still be registered at the root as well as behind the prefix, e.g. with a root_path set to /foo the endpoint /version will be accessible from both /version and /foo/version.

Enabling HTTPS

By default Benthos will serve traffic over HTTP. In order to enforce TLS and serve traffic exclusively over HTTPS you must provide a cert_file and key_file path in your config, which point to a file containing a certificate and a matching private key for the server respectively.

If the certificate is signed by a certificate authority, the cert_file should be the concatenation of the server's certificate, any intermediates, and the CA's certificate.


The following endpoints will be generally available when the HTTP server is enabled:

  • /version provides version info.
  • /ping can be used as a liveness probe as it always returns a 200.
  • /ready can be used as a readiness probe as it serves a 200 only when both the input and output are connected, otherwise a 503 is returned.
  • /metrics, /stats both provide metrics when the metrics type is either http_server or prometheus.
  • /endpoints provides a JSON object containing a list of available endpoints, including those registered by configured components.


In order to serve Cross-Origin Resource Sharing headers, which instruct browsers to allow CORS requests, set the subfield cors.enabled to true.


A list of allowed origins to connect from. The literal value * can be specified as a wildcard. Note cors.enabled must be set to true for this list to take effect.

Debug Endpoints

The field debug_endpoints when set to true prompts Benthos to register a few extra endpoints that can be useful for debugging performance or behavioral problems:

  • /debug/config/json returns the loaded config as JSON.
  • /debug/config/yaml returns the loaded config as YAML.
  • /debug/pprof/block responds with a pprof-formatted block profile.
  • /debug/pprof/heap responds with a pprof-formatted heap profile.
  • /debug/pprof/mutex responds with a pprof-formatted mutex profile.
  • /debug/pprof/profile responds with a pprof-formatted cpu profile.
  • /debug/pprof/symbol looks up the program counters listed in the request, responding with a table mapping program counters to function names.
  • /debug/pprof/trace responds with the execution trace in binary form. Tracing lasts for duration specified in seconds GET parameter, or for 1 second if not specified.
  • /debug/stack returns a snapshot of the current service stack trace.