A Kibana dashboard displays a set of saved visualizations in groups that you can arrange freely. You can save a dashboard to share or reload at a later time.

Sample dashboardExample dashboard

Getting Startededit

You need at least one saved visualization to use a dashboard.

Building a New Dashboardedit

The first time you click the Dashboard tab, Kibana displays an empty dashboard.

New Dashboard screen

Build your dashboard by adding visualizations. By default, Kibana dashboards use a light color theme. To use a dark color theme instead, click the Settings Gear button and check the Use dark theme box.

Dark Theme Example

You can change the default theme in the Advanced section of the Settings tab.

Automatically Refreshing the Pageedit

You can configure a refresh interval to automatically refresh the page with the latest index data. This periodically resubmits the search query.

When a refresh interval is set, it is displayed to the left of the Time Filter in the menu bar.

To set the refresh interval:

  1. Click the Time Filter Time Filter in the upper right corner of the menu bar.
  2. Click the Refresh Interval tab.
  3. Choose a refresh interval from the list.

To automatically refresh the data, click the autorefresh Auto-refresh button and select an autorefresh interval:


When auto-refresh is enabled, Kibana’s top bar displays a pause button and the auto-refresh interval: autorefresh pause. Click the Pause button to pause auto-refresh.

Adding Visualizations to a Dashboardedit

To add a visualization to the dashboard, click the Add Visualization Plus button in the toolbar panel. Select a saved visualization from the list. You can filter the list of visualizations by typing a filter string into the Visualization Filter field.

The visualization you select appears in a container on your dashboard.

If you see a message about the container’s height or width being too small, resize the container.

Saving Dashboardsedit

To save the dashboard, click the Save Dashboard button in the toolbar panel, enter a name for the dashboard in the Save As field, and click the Save button. By default, dashboards store the time period specified in the time filter when you save a dashboard. To disable this behavior, clear the Store time with dashboard box before clicking the Save button.

Loading a Saved Dashboardedit

Click the Load Saved Dashboard button to display a list of existing dashboards. The saved dashboard selector includes a text field to filter by dashboard name and a link to the Object Editor for managing your saved dashboards. You can also access the Object Editor by clicking Settings > Edit Saved Objects.

Sharing Dashboardsedit

You can share dashboards with other users. You can share a direct link to the Kibana dashboard or embed the dashboard in your Web page.

A user must have Kibana access in order to view embedded dashboards.

Click the Share button to display HTML code to embed the dashboard in another Web page, along with a direct link to the dashboard. You can select the text in either option to copy the code or the link to your clipboard.

Embedding Dashboardsedit

To embed a dashboard, copy the embed code from the Share display into your external web application.

Customizing Dashboard Elementsedit

The visualizations in your dashboard are stored in resizable containers that you can arrange on the dashboard. This section discusses customizing these containers.

Moving Containersedit

Click and hold a container’s header to move the container around the dashboard. Other containers will shift as needed to make room for the moving container. Release the mouse button to confirm the container’s new location.

Resizing Containersedit

Move the cursor to the bottom right corner of the container until the cursor changes to point at the corner. After the cursor changes, click and drag the corner of the container to change the container’s size. Release the mouse button to confirm the new container size.

Removing Containersedit

Click the x icon at the top right corner of a container to remove that container from the dashboard. Removing a container from a dashboard does not delete the saved visualization in that container.

Viewing Detailed Informationedit

To display the raw data behind the visualization, click the bar at the bottom of the container. Tabs with detailed information about the raw data replace the visualization, as in this example:

TableA representation of the underlying data, presented as a paginated data grid. You can sort the items in the table by clicking on the table headers at the top of each column. NYCTA Table

RequestThe raw request used to query the server, presented in JSON format. NYCTA Request

ResponseThe raw response from the server, presented in JSON format. NYCTA Response

StatisticsA summary of the statistics related to the request and the response, presented as a data grid. The data grid includes the query duration, the request duration, the total number of records found on the server, and the index pattern used to make the query. NYCTA Statistics

To export the raw data behind the visualization as a comma-separated-values (CSV) file, click on either the Raw or Formatted links at the bottom of any of the detailed information tabs. A raw export contains the data as it is stored in Elasticsearch. A formatted export contains the results of any applicable Kibana [field formatters].

Changing the Visualizationedit

Click the Edit button Pencil button at the top right of a container to open the visualization in the Visualize page.

Working with Filtersedit

When you create a filter anywhere in Kibana, the filter conditions display in a green oval under the search text entry box:

filter sample

Hovering on the filter oval displays the following icons:

filter allbuttons
Enable Filter filter enable
Click this icon to disable the filter without removing it. You can enable the filter again later by clicking the icon again. Disabled filters display a striped shaded color, green for inclusion filters and red for exclusion filters.
Pin Filter filter pin
Click this icon to pin a filter. Pinned filters persist across Kibana tabs. You can pin filters from the Visualize tab, click on the Discover or Dashboard tabs, and those filters remain in place. NOTE: If you have a pinned filter and you’re not seeing any query results, check that your current tab’s index pattern is one that the filter applies to.
Toggle Filter filter toggle
Click this icon to toggle a filter. By default, filters are inclusion filters, and display in green. Only elements that match the filter are displayed. To change this to an exclusion filters, displaying only elements that don’t match, toggle the filter. Exclusion filters display in red.
Remove Filter filter delete
Click this icon to remove a filter entirely.

To apply any of the filter actions to all the filters currently in place, click the filter actions Global Filter Actions button and select an action.