As Kibana is all about gaining insights from data, before we can start exploring with Kibana, we need to have data ingested to Elasticsearch, which is the primary data source for Kibana. When you launch Kibana, it comes with predefined options to enable loading of data to Elasticsearch with a few clicks and you can start exploring Kibana right away. When you launch Kibana by accessing the http://localhost:5601 link in your browser for the first time, you will see the following screen:
You can click on the Try our sample data button to get started quickly with Kibana by loading predefined data, or you can configure existing indexes present in Elasticsearch and analyze existing data by clicking on the Explore on my own button.
Clicking on the Try our sample data button will take you to the following screen:
Clicking on Add data on any of the three widgets/panels...