Step 4: Set up the Kibana dashboardsedit

Packetbeat comes packaged with example Kibana dashboards, visualizations, and searches for visualizing Packetbeat data in Kibana. Before you can use the dashboards, you need to create the index pattern, packetbeat-*, 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 packetbeat.yml config file.

This requires a Kibana endpoint configuration. If you didn’t already configure a Kibana endpoint, see configured Packetbeat

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 Packetbeat.

To set up the Kibana dashboards for Packetbeat, use the appropriate command for your system. The command shown here loads the dashboards from the Packetbeat package. For more options, such as loading customized dashboards, see Importing Existing Beat Dashboards in the Beats Developer Guide.

Use sudo to run these commands if the config file is owned by root.

deb and rpm:

packetbeat setup --dashboards


./packetbeat 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 Packetbeat, and run:

PS > packetbeat setup --dashboards