Ever wish you could share your Kibana dashboards without the risk of someone accidentally deleting or modifying them? Do you want to show off your dashboards without the distraction of unrelated applications and links? In version 6.0 we’re making it easier than ever to set up a restricted access user, with limited visibility into Kibana.
It’s already possible to create read only users, but new in 6.0 is a UI to match, and we’ve made it simple to set up. All you have to do is assign the new, reserved, built-in
kibana_dashboard_only_user role, along with the appropriate data access roles, to your user and they will be in dashboard only mode when they log in to Kibana.
When a user in Dashboards Only Mode first logs into Kibana, they will only see the Dashboard app in the left navigation pane. All edit and create controls will be hidden.
When a dashboard is opened, they will also have a limited visual experience, with no add or edit controls.
Dashboard only mode pairs well with full screen mode. Share your dashboards with the team responsible for putting them up on the “big screen”, and be confident they will remain safe and indestructible.
How to Set it Up
Under Management > Security > Users, edit or create a new user and assign them the
kibana_dashboard_only_user role, along with roles that grant the user appropriate data access.
kibana_dashboard_only_user role grants read only access to the .kibana index, so if you have a multi-tenant setup, or are using a custom kibana index, you’ll have to use an advanced configuration. You can do this by creating your own roles, and tagging them as “Dashboard only mode” in Advanced Settings.
You can find this configuration in Management > Advanced Settings, called
xpackDashboardMode:roles. By default this will be set to
kibana_dashboard_only_user. Here you can add as many additional roles as you like.
When creating your custom dashboard only mode roles, you should grant them read only access to your custom index.
Roles are stored in Elasticsearch, but because Advanced Settings are stored in your kibana index, you will have to modify this setting for each custom index you are using.
Try It Out
Dashboard only mode is available in 6.0.0-RC-1, which you can download and try out here: https://www.elastic.co/downloads/kibana#preview-release. We’d love for you to try it out and give us any feedback you have. As an added bonus, participate in the Pioneer Program by finding and filing new bugs, and be eligible for Elastic swag.