Embedding Visualizationsedit

There are two different methods you can use to insert a visualization in your page.

To display an already saved visualization, use the VisualizeLoader. To reuse an existing visualization implementation for a more custom purpose, use the Angular <visualization> directive instead.


The VisualizeLoader class is the easiest way to embed a visualization into your plugin. It will take care of loading the data and rendering the visualization.

To get an instance of the loader, do the following:

import { getVisualizeLoader } from 'ui/visualize/loader';

getVisualizeLoader().then((loader) => {
  // You now have access to the loader

The loader exposes the following methods:

  • getVisualizationList(): which returns promise which gets resolved with a list of saved visualizations
  • embedVisualizationWithId(container, savedId, params): which embeds visualization by id
  • embedVisualizationWithSavedObject(container, savedObject, params): which embeds visualization from saved object

Depending on which embed method you are using, you either pass in the id of the saved object for the visualization, or a savedObject, that you can retrieve via the savedVisualizations Angular service by its id. The savedObject give you access to the filter and query logic and allows you to attach listeners to the visualizations. For a more complex use-case you usually want to use that method.

container should be a DOM element (jQuery wrapped or regular DOM element) into which the visualization should be embedded params is a parameter object specifying several parameters, that influence rendering.

You will find a detailed description of all the parameters in the inline docs in the loader source code.

Both methods return an EmbeddedVisualizeHandler, that gives you some access to the visualization. The embedVisualizationWithSavedObject method will return the handler immediately from the method call, whereas the embedVisualizationWithId will return a promise, that resolves with the handler, as soon as the id could be found. It will reject, if the id is invalid.

The returned EmbeddedVisualizeHandler itself has the following methods and properties:

  • destroy(): destroys the underlying Angualr scope of the visualization
  • getElement(): a reference to the jQuery wrapped DOM element, that renders the visualization
  • whenFirstRenderComplete(): will return a promise, that resolves as soon as the visualization has finished rendering for the first time
  • addRenderCompleteListener(listener): will register a listener to be called whenever a rendering of this visualization finished (not just the first one)
  • removeRenderCompleteListener(listener): removes an event listener from the handler again

You can find the detailed EmbeddedVisualizeHandler documentation in its source code.

We recommend not to use the internal <visualize> Angular directive directly.

<visualization> directiveedit

The <visualization> directive takes a visualization configuration and data. It should be used, if you don’t want to render a saved visualization, but specify the config and data directly.

<visualization vis='vis' vis-data='visData' ui-state='uiState' ></visualization> where

vis is an instance of Vis object. The constructor takes 3 parameters:

  • indexPattern <string>: the indexPattern you want to pass to the visualization
  • visConfig <object>: the configuration object
  • uiState <object>: uiState object you want to pass to Vis. If not provided Vis will create its own.

visData is the data object. Each visualization defines a responseHandler, which defines the format of this object.

uiState is an instance of PersistedState. Visualizations use it to keep track of their current state. If not provided <visualization> will create its own (but you won’t be able to check its values)

code example: create single metric visualization

<div ng-controller="KbnTestController" class="test_vis">
  <visualization vis='vis' vis-data='visData'></visualize>
import { uiModules } from 'ui/modules';

.controller('KbnTestController', function ($scope) {
  const visConfig = {
    type: 'metric'
  $scope.vis = new Vis('.logstash*', visConfig);
  $scope.visData = [{ columns: [{ title: 'Count' }], rows: [[ 1024 ], [ 256 ]] }];

<visualization> will trigger renderComplete event on the element once it’s done rendering.