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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

Chapter 7.  Customizing Kibana 5.0 Timelion

In the previous chapters, we went through the holistic visualization experience that Kibana offers through all the different plugins, paying particular attention to the following features:

  • The dashboard plugin, which, historically, was the first way to visualize data in Kibana

  • The graph plugin, which helps you visualize connections within your data

  • The Timelion plugin, which enables the visualization of time series data

  • Visualization as part of the Kibana dashboard

  • Expression in Timelion

If you want to get more out of Kibana, such as visualizing data in a type of chart that does not exist in standard palettes, or even finding another way to manipulate data, you can decide to extend the capabilities of existing palettes or build your own plugin. A good candidate for extension is Timelion.

Timelion has a plugin-driven architecture, in the sense that the existing function collection can be very easily extended. In this chapter, we'll write our own extension...