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Learning Kibana 5.0

By : Bahaaldine Azarmi
Book Image

Learning Kibana 5.0

By: Bahaaldine Azarmi

Overview of this book

Kibana is an open source data visualization platform that allows you to interact with your data through stunning, powerful graphics. Its simple, browser-based interface enables you to quickly create and share dynamic dashboards that display changes to Elasticsearch queries in real time. In this book, you’ll learn how to use the Elastic stack on top of a data architecture to visualize data in real time. All data architectures have different requirements and expectations when it comes to visualizing the data, whether it’s logging analytics, metrics, business analytics, graph analytics, or scaling them as per your business requirements. This book will help you master Elastic visualization tools and adapt them to the requirements of your project. You will start by learning how to use the basic visualization features of Kibana 5. Then you will be shown how to implement a pure metric analytics architecture and visualize it using Timelion, a very recent and trendy feature of the Elastic stack. You will learn how to correlate data using the brand-new Graph visualization and build relationships between documents. Finally, you will be familiarized with the setup of a Kibana development environment so that you can build a custom Kibana plugin. By the end of this book you will have all the information needed to take your Elastic stack skills to a new level of data visualization.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning Kibana 5.0
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Kibana anatomy

In this section, I'll present the different sections present in Kibana 5.0, without necessarily diving into them, as we are going to do this later in the chapters dedicated to logging, metrics, and graphs.

First, connect to https://localhost:5601, log in with the default elastic / changeme, and let's see what the Kibana menu is composed of:

Kibana menu

The Kibana menu contains two types of sections:

  • Links to Kibana core features: Discover, Visualize, Dashboard, and Console

  • Links to Kibana plugins: Timelion, Graph, Monitoring, the elastic user, and Logout

Before we start, let's go into a common Kibana user experience:

Kibana user experience

Since Kibana 5.0, the user can have a seamless experience, from ingestion to visualization, all from Kibana itself:

  • If the user doesn't have data yet, he can import it using the CSV importer (only available in Kibana alpha version; has been removed in 5.0 GA).

  • If the data already exists in Elasticsearch, the user needs to create their index...