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This section is useful for the community Beats to migrate the Kibana 5.x dashboards to 6.x dashboards.
In the Kibana 5.x, the saved dashboards consist of multiple JSON files, one for each dashboard, search, visualization and index-pattern. To import a dashboard in Kibana, you need to load not only the JSON file containing the dashboard, but also all its dependencies (searches, visualizations).
Starting with Kibana 6.0, the dashboards are loaded by default via the Kibana API. In this case, the saved dashboard consist of a single JSON file that includes not only the dashboard content, but also all its dependencies.
As the format of the dashboards and index-pattern for Kibana 5.x is different than the ones for Kibana 6.x, they are placed in different directories. Depending on the Kibana version, the 5.x or 6.x dashboards are loaded.
The Kibana 5.x dashboards are placed under the 5.x directory that contains the following directories: - search - visualization - dashboard - index-pattern
The Kibana 6.x dashboards and later are placed under the default directory that contains the following directories: - dashboard - index-pattern
- Please make sure the 5.x and default directories are created before running the following commands.
To migrate your Kibana 5.x dashboards to Kibana 6.0 and above, you can import the dashboards into Kibana 5.6 and then export them using Beats 6.0 version.
- Start Kibana 5.6
- Import Kibana 5.x dashboards using Beats 6.0 version.
Before importing the dashboards, make sure you run
make update in the Beat directory, that updates the
_meta/kibana directory. It generates the index-pattern from
fields.yml file, and places it under the
default/index-pattern directories. In case of Metricbeat, Filebeat and Auditbeat,
it collects the dashboards from all the modules to the
Then load all the Beat’s dashboards. For example, to load the Metricbeat rabbitmq dashboards together with the Metricbeat index-pattern into Kibana 5.6, using the Kibana API:
make update ./metricbeat setup -E setup.dashboards.directory=_meta/kibana
- Export the dashboards using Beats 6.0 version.
You can export the dashboards via the Kibana API by using the export_dashboards.go application.
For example, to export the Metricbeat rabbitmq dashboard:
Note: You can get the dashboard ID from the URL of the dashboard in Kibana. Depending on the Kibana version the
dashboard was created, the ID consists of a name or random characters that can be separated by
This command creates a single JSON file (Metricbeat-Rabbitmq.JSON) that contains the dashboard and all the dependencies like searches, visualizations. The name of the output file has the format: <Beat name>-<module name>.json.
Starting with Beats 6.0.0, you can create an
yml file for each module or for the entire Beat with all the dashboards.
Below is an example of the
module.yml file for the system module in Metricbeat.
Using the yml file, you can export all the dashboards for a single module or for the entire Beat using a single command:
cd metricbeat/module/system go run ../../../dev-tools/cmd/dashboards/export_dashboards.go -yml module.yml