With Elasticsearch Service, you also get convenient access to several dashboards, configured for access to your cluster. In Elasticsearch terms, a dashboard is a web page that accesses the REST API and displays information from your cluster in a neat and graphical manner.
Several dashboards exist for Elasticsearch:
- Kibana (all versions)
A tool from the makers of Elasticsearch to analyze any type of data stored in Elasticsearch, and much more:
- Interactively explore your data from the Discover page.
- Create visualizations of the data in your Elasticsearch indices.
- Build dashboards that display related visualizations.
- Visualize time series data by combining independent data sources within a single visualization in Timelion.
- Discover how items in an Elasticsearch index are related in Graph.
- Interact with the REST API of Elasticsearch in the Console where you can issue queries directly.
- Monitor the Elastic Stack from Kibana.
- Set up index patterns and configure advanced settings that tweak the behaviors of Kibana itself.
- Create and manage users and roles.
The Kopf, Paramedic, and Head dashboards are deprecated and have been removed from Elasticsearch Service. Users who managed their indices with Kopf can use the new Index Management UI in Kibana, which is available in 6.3 and above.
Users who managed their indices using the Kopf, Paramedic, and Head dashboards can use one or more of the following alternatives: Monitoring on Elastic Cloud, Elasticsearch Indices APIs, Elasticsearch Cluster APIs, Elasticsearch Cat APIs, or (v6.3+) Kibana Index Management UI.
Not all dashboards are available for all versions of Elasticsearch. Your cluster overview page shows what is available. If it’s shown, you can use it.
Some dashboards recommend installation as a site plugin, but for those that we include by default this is not necessary, as we host them directly from our proxy. If you want a plugin or a version of a plugin that we don’t provide and your subscription level supports installing it, you can also install custom plugins and bundles.
To access dashboards included with Elasticsearch Service:
- Log into the Elasticsearch Service Console and go to the overview page for your cluster.
- Under Dashboards, click one of the dashboard links, such as Kibana, for example.
- If prompted for a username and password, use authentication credentials for the cluster that the dashboard is trying to connect to.
After the dashboard opens, you’re ready to start exploring.