Step 4: Set up the Kibana dashboardsedit

Heartbeat comes packaged with example Kibana dashboards, visualizations, and searches for visualizing Heartbeat data in Kibana. Before you can use the dashboards, you need to create the index pattern, heartbeat-*, and load the dashboards into Kibana. To do this, you can either run the setup command (as described here) or configure dashboard loading in the heartbeat.yml config file.


Starting with Beats 6.0.0, the dashboards are loaded via the Kibana API. This requires a Kibana endpoint configuration. You should have configured the endpoint earlier when you configured Heartbeat. If you didn’t, configure it now.

Make sure Kibana is running before you perform this step. If you are accessing a secured Kibana instance, make sure you’ve configured credentials as described in Step 2: Configure Heartbeat.

To set up the Kibana dashboards for Heartbeat:

deb, rpm, and mac:

From the directory where you installed Heartbeat, run:

./heartbeat setup --dashboards


docker run setup --dashboards


Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator (right-click the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator). If you are running Windows XP, you may need to download and install PowerShell.

From the PowerShell prompt, change to the directory where you installed Heartbeat, and run:

PS > heartbeat setup --dashboards