This Week in Elastic: Kibana 4 video tutorials are back

Welcome to This Week in Elastic! In this weekly round up post, we bring you news on all aspects of the ELK Stack, including updates on Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana development, tips and tricks and upcoming events.

Elastic News

Useful blog posts, how tos, tutorials and articles from the wide world of all the ELK stack ecosystem.

  • Your weekly deep dive into our latest commits to Apache Lucene and Elasticsearch is here! Don't miss the details on our latest plugin releases, or anything else. 
  • Want to catch up on the progress of Logstash 1.5 development? We've got the details in this week's update from the Logstash team -- which also shares details on viewing Logstash-related videos from Elastic{ON}.
  • They're baaaaaack! If you've been enjoying our previous Kibana 4 video tutorials, you'll be happy to hear that a third installment, covering the utilization of tile maps, is now ready for viewing. 
  • If you've ever heard about codecs in Apache Lucene and wondered what they were all about, Michael McCandless brings you information about how codecs read and write index files, and much much more, in this informative blog post
  • Looking for a great resource bridging the science and practice of search relevance? Check out the details on the upcoming book, Taming Search, written by Doug Turnbull and John Berryman, in their guest blog post for Elastic.
  • Simon Dittlmann has shared not only his tips on setting up a centralized logging system on CoreOS with rsyslog, Elasticsearch, and Kibana, but also his code! Read all about it in his blog post.  

Slides and Videos

Advanced search for your legacy application, using Elasticsearch

Three months? How about 30 minutes...  (en français)

Security Event Dashboard for OpenAM using ELK Stack

How and why I've been leveraging Kibana for DevOps (in Japanese)

Where to find Us

We'd love to feature all the great Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana presentations and meetups happening worldwide in this section. If you're speaking about the ELK stack or hosting a meetup, let us know!


Join us for the April Sydney ELK Meetup on April 22 for some pretty amazing talks on Docker and ELK plus Elasticsearch + Cassandra + Kafka + Spark in a Windows Environment. Sign up now to save your seat. 


The EU edition of Hadoop Summit will be held this year in Brussels April 15-16. You can join Costin Leau, lead developer of Elasticsearch for Apache Hadoop, for his presentation Real Insights, Real-time: Bridging Batch and Real-time Systems for Anomaly Detection, on Wednesday at 2:30 PM in Silver Hall


Join the Elasticsearch Toronto User Group on April 21 to talk about Zero Downtime for Elasticsearch in Production. Register now to save your seat.


The Aarhus Ruby User Group will get together on April 13 to discuss log aggregation on AWS using the ELK stack. They're also on the look out for additional speakers. You can RSVP and get in touch with the organizers to volunteer to present on their event page.


  • Alexander Reelsen will be one of the stalwart folks organizing the Developer Camp Munich unconference, coming up on April 18-19. Make sure to say hello to Alex during the sessions, and check out the Developer Camp website for information on registration and volunteer opportunities for folks who'd like to help organize.
  • If you will be attending JAX Mainz, you can get a demo of ELK from our Solutions Architect team. They'll be hanging out with our partner, Innovex, at their booth. Jax Mainz runs April 20-24.
  • The Open Source Data Center Conference returns to Berlin this year from April 21-23. Please join Pere Urbon, Logstash developer, for his presentation Scaling Logstash: A Collection of War Stories


The Craft Conference will be held April 22-24 in Budapest. If you're heading to the conference, make sure to catch Alexander Reelsen's talk Speed is key: Elasticsearch Under the Hood.



The Fullstack Developers User Group of Tel Aviv-Yafo will meet on April 13 to for a workshop on Elasticsearch Basics and Dev Tools. Doors open at 4 PM. Register now to attend.


The Enterprise Search Warsaw Meetup will welcome Alexander Reelsen and Karel Minarik at their April 14 meeting. Please join them to hear about speed in Elasticsearch and Elasticsearch's Rails integration. Register now to save your seat.


  • The next Elasticsearch Barcelona Meetup will take place on April 13, covering Elasticsearch Applied for Music Monitoring and Elasticsearch: More than Just Search for your applications. Register now to save your seat, as this meetup is filling up fast!
  • If you're heading to the Spring I/O Conference in Barcelona, make sure to catch Clinton Gormley's talk Scaling Real-Time Search and Analytics with Elasticsearch. The conference runs April 29-30.

United Kingdom

  • Heading to Puppet Camp London on April 13? Great! Elastic's very own Puppet expert, Richard Pijnenburg, will be attending, also. Make sure to say hello to him in the hallway track and let him know if you're a fan of his Puppet modules for Elasticsearch and Logstash!
  • The London Elasticsearch Meetup will next convene on April 29 for casual drinks and Q&A with the Elastic developer team. Register now to let us know you're coming!

United States

  • Featured conference: We're proud sponsors of the .NET Fringe conference, a first time event for members of the .NET open source community. Please join us on Sunday, April 12 for an afternoon workshop from Greg Marzouka and Martijn Laarman on Elasticsearch and the ELK Stack for .NET Developers.  The conference runs from April 12-14 in Portland, Oregon. Tickets are still available, but get a move on before they sell out!
  • Featured meetup: On Monday, April 13, Greg and Martijn will speak at the Elasticsearch Portlandia Meetup on Elasticsearch for .NET developers. You can register to attend live here or, if you call Silicon Valley home instead of Portland, you can join us in our Mountain View office for the webcast. 
  • The Elasticsearch Oklahoma User Group will get together on Saturday, April 11 to talk tips and tricks for Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat.
  • If you're planning to be at ApacheCon North America in Austin, April 13-16, be sure to say hello to Apache Lucene developer Areek Zillur in the hallway track!
  • The Austin Puppet User Group will get together on April 14 to discuss using Elasticsearch's Puppet Modules, including a live demo of installing the ELK stack using Puppet. Register now to save your seat.
  • In Silicon Valley? Please join us for an office warming party and meetup at Elastic's new offices on April 15. In addition to fun, food and beverage, we'll hear from Reltio's Chief Architect on Illuminating Enterprise Data-driven Applications with Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat, and please do so early. This meetup fills up lightning fast!
  • For our fans in New York City, our two .NET developers, Greg Marzouka and Martijn Laarman will be visiting on April 15 and will be presenting Elasticsearch for .NET Developers at the Elasticsearch New York City Meetup. Register now to save your seat - we're expecting a long waiting list!
  • The Minneapolis DevOps Meetup will host a series of lightning talks at their April 20 meeting. Amongst several talks, you will hear from Vern Burton on The ELK Stack: How? When? Why? Register now to join the festivities, and don't forget they're still looking for more lightning talk submissions!
  • The Seattle Elasticsearch User Group will meet on April 21 to talk Docker and the ELK stack. This meetup always fills up quickly, so register now to save your seat.
  • The Human Language Technology Conference is coming up in Herndon, Virginia on April 28. If you're attending the conference, make sure to see Steve Kearns' presentation Elasticsearch & Kibana - Interactive Analysis of Multisource Data.
  • Join the folks from LinkedIn for a meetup on their use of the ELK stack on April 29, which they are kindly hosting in their Mountain View, California office. Tal Levy of Elastic will also be speaking about Logstash and Apache Kafka. More details are forthcoming, but you should register now to save your space and stay tuned!

Where to Find You

PSST! If you're a regular reader, you're thinking of skipping this section. You may even be thinking to yourself, yes of course I will drop a note on Twitter when I am giving a talk on all things ELK. That's awesome, because we'd like to showcase every meetup, conference presentation and workshop on Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana happening worldwide. And now, we've made it even easier for you to get support for your meetup!

Head on over to  our meetups page! (And we'll still totally send you swag if you're giving a talk on anything ELKy at a conference.)

Oh yeah, we're also  hiring. If you'd like us to find you for employment purposes, just drop us a note. We care more about your skill set and passion for Elasticsearch, Kibana, and Logstash than where you rest your head.


If you are interested in Elasticsearch training we have courses taught by our core developers coming up in:

  • Tokyo – April 13, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Vienna - May 12, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Mountain View - May 12, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Mountain View - May 13, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Denver - May 18, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Hamburg - May 19, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Herndon - May 19, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Vancouver - May 20, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Paris - May 26, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Miami - May 27, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Sao Paulo - June 2, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Sao Paulo - June 3, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Manchester - June 23, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Toronto - June 23, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Manchester - June 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Toronto - June 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
  • Chicago - June 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Training)
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