Create a graphedit

You must index data into Elasticsearch before you can create a graph. Learn how or get started with a sample data set.

Graph a data connectionedit

  1. Open the main menu, then click Graph.

    If this is your first graph, follow the prompts to create it. For subsequent graphs, click New.

  2. Select a data source to explore.
  3. Add one or more multi-value fields that contain the terms you want to graph.

    The vertices in the graph are selected from these terms.

  4. Enter a search query to discover relationships between terms in the selected fields.

    For example, if you are using the Kibana sample web logs data set, and you want to generate a graph of the successful requests to particular pages from different locations, you could search for the 200 response code. The weight of the connection between two vertices indicates how strongly they are related.

    URL connections
  5. To view more information about the relationship, click any connection.

    Link summary
  6. Use the control bar to explore additional connections:

    • To display additional vertices that connect to your graph, click the expand icon Expand Selection.
    • To display additional connections between the displayed vertices, click the link icon Add links to existing terms.
    • To explore a particular area of the graph, select the vertices you are interested in, and then click expand or link.
    • To step back through your changes to the graph, click undo Undo and redo Redo.
  7. To see more relationships in your data, submit additional queries.

    Adding networks
  8. Save your graph.

Style vertex propertiesedit

Each vertex has a color, icon, and label. To change the color or icon of all vertices of a certain field, click it’s badge, and then select Edit settings.

To change the color and label of selected vertices, click the style icon Style in the control bar.

Edit graph settingsedit

By default, Graph is configured to tune out noise in your data. If this isn’t a good fit for your data, use Settings > Advanced settings to adjust the way Graph queries your data. You can tune the graph to show only the results relevant to you and to improve performance. For more information, see Graph troubleshooting.

You can configure the number of vertices that a search or expand operation adds to the graph. By default, only the five most relevant terms for any given field are added at a time. This keeps the graph from overflowing. To increase this number, click a field, select Edit Settings, and change Terms per hop.

Block terms from the graphedit

Documents that match a blocked term are not allowed in the graph. To block a term, select its vertex and click the block icon Block selection in the control panel. For a list of blocked terms, go to Settings > Blocked terms.

Drill down into raw documentsedit

With drilldowns, you can display additional information about a selected vertex in a new browser window. For example, you might configure a drilldown URL to perform a web search for the selected vertex term.

Use the drilldown icon Drilldown selection in the control panel to show the drilldown buttons for the selected vertices. To configure drilldowns, go to Settings > Drilldowns. See also Disabling drilldown configuration.

Run and pause layoutedit

Graph uses a "force layout", where vertices behave like magnets, pushing off of one another. By default, when you add a new vertex to the graph, all vertices begin moving. In some cases, the movement might go on for some time. To freeze the current vertex position, click the pause icon Block selection in the control panel.