Interface Overviewedit

The user interface for each visualization is compose of a "Data" tab and "Panel Options". The only exception to that is the Time Series and Markdown visualizations; the Time Series has a third tab for annotations and the Markdown has a third tab for the editor.

Data Tabedit

The data tab is used for configuring the series for each visualization. This tab allows you to add multiple series, depending on what the visualization supports, with multiple aggregations composed together to create a single metric. Here is a breakdown of the significant components of the data tab UI.

Series Label and Coloredit

Each series supports a label which will be used for legends and titles depending on which visualization type is selected. For series that are grouped by a term, you can specify a mustache variable of {{key}} to substitute the term. For most visualizations you can also choose a color by clicking on the swatch, this will display the color picker.

Label Example


Each series supports multiple metrics (aggregations); the last metric (aggregation) is the value that will be displayed for the series, this is indicated with the "eye" icon to the left of the metric. Metrics can be composed using pipeline aggregations. A common use case is to create a metric with a "max" aggregation then create a "derivative" metric and choose the previous "max" metric as the source; this will create a rate.

Derivative Example

Series Optionsedit

Each series also supports a set of options which are dependent on the type of visualizations you have selected. Universal across each visualization type you can configure:

  • Data format
  • Time range offset
  • Index pattern, timestamp, and interval override

Default Series Options

For the Time Series visualization you can also configure:

  • Chart type
  • Options for each chart type
  • Legend Visibility
  • Y-Axis options
  • Split color theme

Time Series Series Options

Group By Controlsedit

At the bottom of the metrics there is a set of "Group By" controls that allows you to specify how the series should be grouped or split. There are four choices:

  • Everything
  • Filter (single)
  • Filters (multiple with configurable colors)
  • Terms

By default the series is grouped by everything.

Panel Options Tabedit

The panel options tab is used for configuring the entire panel; the set of options available is dependent on which visualization you have selected. Below is a list of the options available per visualization:

Time Series

  • Index pattern, timestamp, and Interval
  • Y-Axis min and max
  • Y-Axis position
  • Background color
  • Legend visibility
  • Legend position
  • Panel filter


  • Index pattern, timestamp, and interval
  • Panel filter
  • Color rules for background and primary value

Top N

  • Index pattern, timestamp, and interval
  • Panel filter
  • Background color
  • Item URL
  • Color rules for bar colors


  • Index pattern, timestamp, and interval
  • Panel filter
  • Background color
  • Gauge max
  • Gauge style
  • Inner gauge color
  • Inner gauge width
  • Gauge line width
  • Color rules for gauge line


  • Index pattern, timestamp, and interval
  • Panel filter
  • Background color
  • Scroll bar visibility
  • Vertical alignment of content
  • Custom Panel CSS with support for Less syntax

Annotations Tabedit

The annotations tab is used for adding annotation data sources to the Time Series Visualization. You can configure the following options:

  • Index pattern and time field
  • Annotation color
  • Annotation icon
  • Fields to include in message
  • Format of message
  • Filtering options at the panel and global level

Annotation Tab

Markdown Tabedit

The markdown tab is used for editing the source for the Markdown visualization. The user interface has an editor on the left side and the available variables from the data tab on the right side. You can click on the variable names to insert the mustache template variable into the markdown at the cursor position. The mustache syntax uses the Handlebar.js processor which is an extended version of the Mustache template language.

Markdown Tab