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Learning Elastic Stack 7.0 - Second Edition

By : Pranav Shukla, Sharath Kumar M N
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Learning Elastic Stack 7.0 - Second Edition

By: Pranav Shukla, Sharath Kumar M N

Overview of this book

The Elastic Stack is a powerful combination of tools that help in performing distributed search, analytics, logging, and visualization of data. Elastic Stack 7.0 encompasses new features and capabilities that will enable you to find unique insights into analytics using these techniques. This book will give you a fundamental understanding of what the stack is all about, and guide you in using it efficiently to build powerful real-time data processing applications. The first few sections of the book will help you understand how to set up the stack by installing tools and exploring their basic configurations. You’ll then get up to speed with using Elasticsearch for distributed search and analytics, Logstash for logging, and Kibana for data visualization. As you work through the book, you will discover the technique of creating custom plugins using Kibana and Beats. This is followed by coverage of the Elastic X-Pack, a useful extension for effective security and monitoring. You’ll also find helpful tips on how to use Elastic Cloud and deploy Elastic Stack in production environments. By the end of this book, you’ll be well-versed with fundamental Elastic Stack functionalities and the role of each component in the stack to solve different data processing problems.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Section 1: Introduction to Elastic Stack and Elasticsearch
Section 2: Analytics and Visualizing Data
Section 3: Elastic Stack Extensions
Section 4: Production and Server Infrastructure

Using plugins

Plugins are a way to enhance the functionality of Kibana. All the plugins that are installed will be placed in the $KIBANA_HOME/plugins folder. Elastic, the company behind Kibana, provides many plugins that can be installed, and there are quite a number of public plugins that are not maintained by Elastic that can be installed, too.

Installing plugins

Navigate to KIBANA_HOME and execute the install command, as shown in the following code, to install any plugins. During installation, either the name of the plugin can be given (if it's hosted by Elastic itself), or the URL of the location where the plugin is hosted can be given:

$ KIBANA_HOME>bin/kibana-plugin install <package name or URL>

For example...