Tyk Pump Configuration

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The Tyk Pump is our Open Source analytics purger that moves the data generated by your Tyk nodes to any back-end. By moving the analytics into your supported database, it allows the Tyk Dashboard to display traffic analytics across all your Tyk Gateways.

Supported Backends

A list of supported data stores can be found here.


Please visit the public GitHub Readme for instructions on installing and configuring the various Pump backends.

Tyk Dashboard

The Tyk Dashboard uses the mongo-pump-aggregate collection to display analytics. This is different than the standard mongo pump plugin that will store individual analytic items into MongoDB. The aggregate functionality was built to be fast, as querying raw analytics is expensive in large data sets. See Pump Dashboard Config for more details.

In v4.0 of the Tyk Dashboard, we have added support for the following SQL platforms:

  • PostgreSQL
  • SQLite

Within your Dashboard configuration file (tyk-analytics.conf) there is now a storage section.

  "storage": {
    "uptime": {}

Field description

  • main - Main storage (APIs, Policies, Users, User Groups, etc.)
  • analytics - Analytics storage (used for display all the charts and for all analytics screens)
  • logs - Logs storage (log browser page)
  • uptime - uptime tests analytics data

Common settings

For every storage section, you must populate the following fields:

  "storage": {
    "main": {
      "type": "postgres",
      "connection_string": "user=root password=admin database=tyk-demo-db host=tyk-db port=5432",
  • type use this field to define your SQL platform (currently SQLite or PostgreSQL are supported)
  • connection_string the specific connection settings for your platform

The pump needed for storing logs data in the database, is very similar to other pumps as well as the storage setting in your Tyk Dashboard config. It just requires the sql name and database specific configuration options.

SQL example

"sql": {
  "name": "sql",
  "meta": {
    "type": "postgres",
    "connection_string": "user=laurentiughiur password=test123 database=tyk-demo-db host= port=5432"

Capping analytics data

Tyk Gateways can generate a lot of analytics data. Be sure to read about capping your Dashboard analytics

Omitting the configuration file

From Tyk Pump 1.5.1+, you can configure an environment variable to omit the configuration file with the TYK_PMP_OMITCONFIGFILE variable. This is specially useful when using Docker, since by default, the Tyk Pump has a default configuration file with pre-loaded pumps.

Sharding analytics to different data sinks

In a multi-organization deployment, each organization, team, or environment might have their preferred analytics tooling. This capability allows the Tyk Pump to send analytics for different organizations or various APIs to different destinations. E.g. Org A can send their analytics to MongoDB + DataDog while Org B can send their analytics to DataDog + expose the Prometheus metrics endpoint.

Configuring the sharded analytics

You can achieve the sharding by setting both an allowlist1 t and a blocklist2 , meaning that some data sinks can receive information for all orgs, whereas other data sinks will not receive certain organization’s analytics if it was block listed.

This feature makes use of the field called filters, which can be defined per pump. This is its structure:

  • api_ids and org_ids works as allow list (APIs and orgs where we want to send the analytic records).
  • skip_api_ids and skip_org_ids works as block list (APIs and orgs where we want to filter out and not send their the analytic records).

The priority is always a blocklist2 over a allowlist1 .

An example of configuration would be:

"csv": {
 "type": "csv",
 "filters": {
   "org_ids": ["org1","org2"]
 "meta": {
   "csv_dir": "./bar"
"elasticsearch": {
 "type": "elasticsearch",
 "filters": {
   "skip_api_ids": ["api_id_1"],
 "meta": {
   "index_name": "tyk_analytics",
   "elasticsearch_url": "https://elasticurl:9243",
   "enable_sniffing": false,
   "document_type": "tyk_analytics",
   "rolling_index": false,
   "extended_stats": false,
   "version": "6"

With this configuration, all the analytics records related to org1 or org2 will go to the csv backend and everything but analytics records from api_id_1 to elasticsearch.

  1. Allowlist - explicitly allowing access to identified entities. Previously known as whitelist. ↩︎

  2. Blocklist - explicitly blocking access to identified entities. Previously known as blacklist. ↩︎