10 April 2019 Releases

Kibana 7.0.0 released

By Gail Chappell

Kibana 7.0.0 is here, and includes a number of significant updates. Key highlights include:

Refer to the Kibana breaking changes and release notes for a list of bug fixes and other changes.

Fresh, sleek look

Since the introduction of the Elastic UI library in 6.2, Kibana progressed toward a design revamp. This release showcases a lighter, more minimal design that brings it all together. The biggest change is a persistent global header, which displays information related to where you are in Kibana. The side navigation is now collapsed by default, giving applications more horizontal space. Dashboards and most of our applications also got much needed touch-ups. Finally, we changed the font to Inter UI to be closer to more modern system fonts found on your OS of choice.

The sleek new UI of Kibana 7.0.0

Kibana Query Language on by default

In 6.3, Kibana introduced the Kibana Query Language (KQL) and in 7.0.0, KQL is the default.  KQL offers a simplified query syntax and support for scripted fields. If you have a Basic license (the default distribution) or above, KQL also provides autocomplete. If you prefer the Lucene query syntax, you have the option to turn off KQL.

KQL by default in Kibana 7.0.0

Kibana dark theme

Kibana now supports a dark theme across the entire application. To try it out, go to Management > Advanced settings, flip the dark mode switch, and reload your page. Because theme selection is saved at the Spaces level, you can no longer set a dark or light mode on an individual dashboard.

Dark theme in Kibana 7.0.0

Responsive dashboards

As part of the enhancements to Kibana dashboards in 7.0.0, we’ve also made the design more responsive. If you want to view and interact with Kibana on the go, feel free to pull it up on your phone and test out this new, experimental responsive layout.

Responsive dashboards in Kibana 7.0.0

New look for timepicker and filters

The timepicker now makes it easier to deal with complex date queries. For example, you can now mix relative times with absolute ones. We also reworked the design so that the timepicker no longer pushes down the content of the page as you interact with it. In addition, the timepicker is more compact, which is necessary to make it work better on mobile dashboards.

We enhanced filters in two ways. Each filter now provides a dropdown menu that clearly defines the actions you can take on the filter. There’s also a new menu for dealing with filters in bulk.

New look for timepicker and filters in Kibana 7.0.0

Saved objects structure improvements

The structure of saved objects changed so they are now aware of each other. This means you can now export a dashboard, including all visualization dependencies, from the Saved objects page. You can also easily move objects from one Kibana instance to another or between Spaces.

Canvas enhancements

Canvas has two notable improvements: an expandable expression editor and more keyboard shortcuts.

To maximize or minimize the expression editor, use the expand button ( Expand button ) in the top right corner. To adjust the font size, use the slider at the bottom.

The expandable Canvas expression editor in Kibana 7.0.0

Canvas has more keyboard shortcuts for moving elements to the front and back and for copying your elements. To discover all shortcuts available in Canvas, click the help icon.

Use 'Help' in Canvas to discover all the new keyboard shortcuts in Kibana 7.0.0

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoy all the new features and functionality in Kibana 7.0.0. Play around with them, and reach out on our Discuss forum if you have any questions or feedback. Cheers!