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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

A plugin to render Elasticsearch topology

The plugin I propose to create in this chapter will provide a way to get a better understanding of the cluster topology and, more specifically, how the data is distributed over indices, shards, and even down to the segment.


Topology will leverage an open source visualization framework. It is provided by Baidu: ECharts 3, which can be accessed at This visualization framework provides a very large palette of visualizations, and in particular one that is pretty handy to visualize data in clusters: the treemap visualization:

Treemap visualization displays data in clusters

The preceding example can be found here:

As you can see, the data is organized in the form of multi-level clusters: if you click on one of them, you will drill down to the underlying level, and so on. Each block size depends on the relative value; the following is an example of how a block is described in the...