Setting Kibana Server Propertiesedit

The Kibana server reads properties from the kibana.yml file on startup. The default settings configure Kibana to run on localhost:5601. To change the host or port number, or connect to Elasticsearch running on a different machine, you’ll need to update your kibana.yml file. You can also enable SSL and set a variety of other options.

Table 1. Kibana Server Properties

Property Description


The port that the Kibana server runs on. Default: port: 5601.


The host to bind the Kibana server to. Default: host: "".


The Elasticsearch instance where the indices you want to query reside. Default:  elasticsearch_url: "http://localhost:9200".


By default, the host specified in the incoming request from the browser is specified as the host in the corresponding request Kibana sends to Elasticsearch. If you set this option to false, Kibana uses the host specified in elasticsearch_url. You probably don’t need to worry about this setting—​just use the default. Default: elasticsearch_preserve_host: true.


The name of the index where saved searched, visualizations, and dashboards will be stored. Default: kibana_index: .kibana.


The page that will be displayed when you launch Kibana: discover, visualize, dashboard, or settings. Default: default_app_id: "discover".


How long to wait for responses from the Kibana backend or Elasticsearch, in milliseconds. Default: request_timeout: 500000.


How long Elasticsearch should wait for responses from shards. Set to 0 to disable. Default: shard_timeout: 0.


Indicates whether or not to validate the Elasticsearch SSL certificate. Set to false to disable SSL verification. Default: verify_ssl: true.


The path to the CA certificate for your Elasticsearch instance. Specify if you are using a self-signed certificate so the certificate can be verified. (Otherwise, you have to disable verify_ssl.) Default: none.


The path to your Kibana server’s key file. Must be set to encrypt communications between the browser and Kibana. Default: none.


The path to your Kibana server’s certificate file. Must be set to encrypt communications between the browser and Kibana. Default: none.


The location where you want to store the process ID file. If not specified, the PID file is stored in /var/run/ Default: none.