Install Kibana with .tar.gz

Kibana is provided for Linux and Darwin as a .tar.gz package. These packages are the easiest formats to use when trying out Kibana.

The latest stable version of Kibana can be found on the Download Kibana page. Other versions can be found on the Past Releases page.

Download and install the Linux 64-bit package

The Linux archive for Kibana v6.2.4 can be downloaded and installed as follows:

wget https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/kibana/kibana-6.2.4-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
shasum -a 512 kibana-6.2.4-linux-x86_64.tar.gz 
tar -xzf kibana-6.2.4-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
cd kibana-6.2.4-linux-x86_64/ 

Compare the SHA produced by or shasum with the published SHA.

This directory is known as $KIBANA_HOME.

Download and install the Darwin package

The Darwin archive for Kibana v6.2.4 can be downloaded and installed as follows:

curl -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/kibana/kibana-6.2.4-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz
shasum -a 512 kibana-6.2.4-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz 
tar -xzf kibana-6.2.4-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz
cd kibana-6.2.4-darwin-x86_64/ 

Compare the SHA produced by or shasum with the published SHA.

This directory is known as $KIBANA_HOME.

Running Kibana from the command line

Kibana can be started from the command line as follows:

./bin/kibana

By default, Kibana runs in the foreground, prints its logs to the standard output (stdout), and can be stopped by pressing Ctrl-C.

Configuring Kibana via config file

Kibana loads its configuration from the $KIBANA_HOME/config/kibana.yml file by default. The format of this config file is explained in Configuring Kibana.

Directory layout of .tar.gz archives

The .tar.gz packages are entirely self-contained. All files and directories are, by default, contained within $KIBANA_HOME — the directory created when unpacking the archive.

This is very convenient because you don’t have to create any directories to start using Kibana, and uninstalling Kibana is as easy as removing the $KIBANA_HOME directory. However, it is advisable to change the default locations of the config and data directories so that you do not delete important data later on.

TypeDescriptionDefault LocationSetting

home

Kibana home directory or $KIBANA_HOME

Directory created by unpacking the archive

 

bin

Binary scripts including kibana to start the Kibana server and kibana-plugin to install plugins

$KIBANA_HOME\bin

 

config

Configuration files including kibana.yml

$KIBANA_HOME\config

 

data

The location of the data files written to disk by Kibana and its plugins

$KIBANA_HOME\data

 

optimize

Transpiled source code. Certain administrative actions (e.g. plugin install) result in the source code being retranspiled on the fly.

$KIBANA_HOME\optimize

 

plugins

Plugin files location. Each plugin will be contained in a subdirectory.

$KIBANA_HOME\plugins