06 February 2018 Releases

Kibana 6.2.0 is released

By Jim Goodwin

Welcome to the 6.2.0 release of Kibana!

It’s Kibana release time again, and you’re gonna like this one. It has some hotly anticipated features.

In this release, you’ll find: 

  • Beats monitoring UI in X-Pack Kibana
  • Vega interactive visualizations
  • SAML support
  • Visualization of Other and Missing terms buckets
  • “Add Data" tutorials
  • Custom logos for reports

Beats monitoring in X-Pack Kibana

The new Beats Monitoring UI provides a centralized dashboard for monitoring Beats performance and capacity. Here you can view information about your running Beats and troubleshoot common problems, such as low memory and high CPU usage. Using the history features, you can compare recent performance to earlier times.

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Vega interactive visualizations 

We’ve made it easier for you to create interactive visualizations by adding support for Vega, a data visualization language. Now you can concentrate on the visualizations you need, and not on the integration plumbing and plugin maintenance.

With Vega, you can:

  • Use the full extent of the Elasticsearch query language
  • Combine data from multiple data sources in one graph
  • Get data from a non Elasticsearch data source using a URL
  • Define how user actions, such as clicking and dragging, affect the graph
  • Draw complex map visualizations

Kibana also supports Vega-Lite, a simpler syntax for common visualizations.

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SAML support

Users can now log in to Kibana with a variety of known Single-Sign-On or Identity providers, such as  Okta, Auth0, and OneLogin. Although SAML support is designed to be the primary (or sole) authentication method for Kibana users, you can configure both SAML and Basic authentication for the same Kibana instance.

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Visualization of Other and Missing terms buckets

It's now possible to define "other" and "missing" buckets for terms aggregation.  The "other" bucket shows the number of documents that didn't match the top N values retrieved by the terms aggregation. The most obvious use case for this is the pie chart, where you expect the slices to represent 100% of your documents. Turning on the "other" bucket allows you to  achieve just that.  On the other hand, the "missing" bucket counts the documents that do not have a value for the field in question. 

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"Add data" tutorials

We’re all about making it easy for you to get started. So we’ve written a series of easy-to-follow instructions for setting up data flows between your applications and the Elastic Stack. Using these solutions, you can quickly turn your Apache, Kubernetes, MySQL, Netflow, Redis, or system data into pre-built dashboards and monitoring systems. The tutorials are available from the Kibana home page.

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Custom logos in reports

You can now replace the Elastic logo in a PDF report with your own logo. Go to Management > Advanced Settings, and set xpackReporting:customPdfLogo to an image from your computer.

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Try it Out

Download Kibana 6.2.0,  and try out the new features. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@elastic) or in our forum. You can report any problems on the Github issues page.