Installing Plugins

Use the following command to install a plugin:

bin/kibana-plugin install <package name or URL>

When you specify a plugin name without a URL, the plugin tool attempts to download an official Elastic plugin, such as:

$ bin/kibana-plugin install x-pack

Installing Plugins from an Arbitrary URL

You can download official Elastic plugins simply by specifying their name. You can alternatively specify a URL to a specific plugin, as in the following example:

$ bin/kibana-plugin install

You can specify URLs that use the HTTP, HTTPS, or file protocols.

Installing Plugins to an Arbitrary Directory

Use the -d or --plugin-dir option after the install command to specify a directory for plugins, as in the following example:

$ bin/kibana-plugin install file:///some/local/path/ -d path/to/directory

This command creates the specified directory if it does not already exist.

This option is deprecated and will be removed in Kibana 7. It is known to not work with some plugins, including X-Pack.

Installing Plugins with Linux packages

The Kibana server needs to be able to write to files in the optimize directory. If you’re installing plugins using sudo or su you’ll want to make sure these commands are ran as the user kibana. This user is already added for you as part of the package installation.

$ sudo -u kibana bin/kibana-plugin install x-pack

If plugins were installed as a different user and the server is not starting, then you will need to change the owner of these files:

$ chown -R kibana:kibana /path/to/kibana/optimize