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Kibana Essentials

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Kibana Essentials

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Kibana Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers


As big data has been trending in the industry for a while, huge amounts of data present a bigger challenge in gaining meaningful information from raw data. In today's industry, getting insights from data and making real-time decisions based on this huge data has become even more important.

Kibana provides an easy-to-use UI to perform real-time data analysis and visualizations on streaming data. It enables you to get hidden information by exploring data in different dimensions.

Making beautiful visualizations with ease without requiring any code and empowering people without technical knowledge to gather insights have never been easier.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, An Introduction to Kibana, takes you through the basic concepts of Elasticsearch, followed by the installation of Kibana and its prerequisite software.

Chapter 2, Exploring the Discover Page, covers the functionality of various components, along with detailed explanations of the usage of each component and its options.

Chapter 3, Exploring the Visualize Page, teaches you to create different types of visualizations using aggregations to visualize data.

Chapter 4, Exploring the Dashboard Page, covers the functionality of the various components present on the Dashboard page, followed by creating and embedding dashboards.

Chapter 5, Exploring the Settings Page, demonstrates the usage and tweaking of basic and advanced settings provided in Kibana.

Chapter 6, Real-Time Twitter Data Analysis, shows you how to analyze Twitter data and create visualizations based on different scenarios. This chapter also covers the workflow for analyzing Twitter data.

Appendix, References, contains a chapterwise segregation of the links and references used in the chapters.

What you need for this book

The following pieces of software are required:

  • Oracle Java 1.8u20+

  • Elasticsearch v1.4.4+

  • A modern web browser—IE 10+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and so on

  • Kibana v 4.1.1

  • Git for Windows

  • npm, Node.js, and elasticsearchdump for importing data in Elasticsearch

  • Logstash v1.5.4

All of the software mentioned in this book is free of charge and can be downloaded from the Internet.

Who this book is for

Whether you are new to the world of data analytics and data visualization, or an expert, this book will provide you with the skills required to use Kibana for real-time visualization of streaming data with ease and simplicity. This book is intended for those professionals who are interested in learning about Kibana, about its installations, and how to use it. As Kibana provides a user-friendly web page, no prior experience is required.


In this book, you will find a number of text styles that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles are shown as follows: "Windows user can open the elasticsearch.yml file from the config folder."

A block of code is set as follows:

  "name": "Yuvraj",
  "age": 22,
  "birthdate": "2015-07-27",
  "bank_balance": 10500.50,
  "interests": ["playing games","movies","travelling"],
  "movie": {"name":"Titanic","genre":"Romance","year" : 1997}

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

elasticdump \
--bulk=true \
--input="C:\Users\ygupta\Desktop\tweet.json" \

Any hyperlink is written as follows:

New terms and important words are shown in bold. Words that you see on the screen, for example, in menus or dialog boxes, appear in the text like this: "Finally, click on Create to create the index in Kibana."


Warnings or important notes appear in a box like this.


Tips and tricks appear like this.

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