Managing Saved Searches, Visualizations, and Dashboardsedit

You can view, edit, delete, import, and export saved objects from Management > Saved Objects. A saved object can be a search, visualization, or dashboard.

View an objectedit

Viewing a saved object displays the selected item in its associated application, Discover, Visualize, or Dashboard.

  1. In Management > Saved Objects, select the object type.
  2. Hover the pointer over the object you want to view and click the View in app icon.

Edit an objectedit

Editing a saved object enables you to directly modify the object definition. You can change the object title, add a description, and modify the JSON that defines the object properties.

  1. Select the object you want to edit.
  2. Make your changes to the object definition.
  3. Click Save.

If you attempt to access an object whose index has been deleted, you can:

  • Recreate the index so you can continue using the object.
  • Delete the object and recreate it using a different index.
  • Change the index name referenced in the object’s kibanaSavedObjectMeta.searchSourceJSON to point to an existing index pattern. This is useful if the index you were working with was renamed.

No validation is performed for object properties. Submitting invalid changes will render the object unusable. In general, use the Discover, Visualize, or Dashboard apps to create new objects instead of directly editing existing ones.

Delete an objectedit

  1. Select the checkboxes of the objects to delete.
  2. Click Delete, and then confirm the deletion.

Export and import objectsedit

In some cases you might want to export and import a set of saved objects. For example:

  • You might have multiple environments for development and production. The export and import commands allow you to move objects between different Kibana instances.
  • You have a large number of objects to update and want to batch this process. You can export the objects to JSON, make the JSON modification, and re-import the objects.

Export objectsedit

  1. Select the checkboxes of the objects to export, or select the Title checkbox for all objects of that type.
  2. Click Export.
  3. Alternately, click Export Everything to export all saved dashboards, searches, and visualizations.

Exported dashboards do not include their associated index patterns. Re-create the index patterns manually before importing saved dashboards to a Kibana instance running on another Elasticsearch cluster.

Import objectsedit

  1. Click Import.
  2. Navigate to and select the JSON file that represents the objects to import.
  3. If any objects will overwrite objects already present in Kibana, confirm the overwrite.