Advanced Settingsedit

Advanced Settings control the behavior of Kibana. For example, you can change the format used to display dates, specify the default index pattern, and set the precision for displayed decimal values.

  1. Open the main menu, then click Stack Management > Advanced Settings.
  2. Scroll or search for the setting.
  3. Make your change, then click Save changes.

Required permissionsedit

The Advanced Settings Kibana privilege is required to access Advanced Settings.

When you have insufficient privileges to edit advanced settings, the edit options are not visible, and the following indicator is displayed:

Example of Advanced Settings Management’s read only access indicator in Kibana’s header

To add the privilege, open the main menu, then click Stack Management > Roles.

For more information on granting access to Kibana, refer to Granting access to Kibana.

Kibana settings referenceedit

Changing a setting can affect Kibana performance and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose. Setting a property value to a blank field reverts to the default behavior, which might not be compatible with other configuration settings. Deleting a custom setting permanently removes it from Kibana.



When disabled, autocompletes the suggestions from your data set instead of the time range.


When disabled, allows you to debug individual requests, but increases the response size.


Set this property to true to quote exported values.


A string that serves as the separator for exported values.


The format to use for displaying pretty formatted dates.


The day that a week should start on.


The values that define the format to use to render ordered time-based data. Formatted timestamps must adapt to the interval between measurements. Keys are ISO8601 intervals.


The timezone that Kibana uses. The default value of Browser uses the timezone detected by the browser.


The format to use for displaying pretty formatted dates of Elasticsearch date_nanos type.


The index to access if no index is set. The default is null.


The default route when opening Kibana. Use this setting to route users to a specific dashboard, application, or saved object as they enter each space.


The top N most popular fields to show.


Sets the file size limit when importing files. The default value is 100MB. The highest supported value for this setting is 1GB.


Set this property to false to prevent the filter editor and KQL autocomplete from suggesting values for fields.


When set to terms_enum, autocomplete uses the terms enum API for value suggestions. Kibana returns results faster, but suggestions are approximate, sorted alphabetically, and can be outside the selected time range. When set to terms_agg, Kibana uses a terms aggregation for value suggestions, which is slower, but suggestions include all values that optionally match your time range and are sorted by popularity. Learn more.


Disable this property to get autocomplete suggestions from your full dataset, rather than from the current time range. Learn more.


Set this property to true to make filters have a global state (be pinned) by default.


The default numeral pattern format for the "bytes" format.


The default numeral pattern format for the "currency" format.


A map of the default format name for each field type. Field types that are not explicitly mentioned use "_default_".


The numeral pattern locale.


The numeral pattern for the "number" format.


The numeral pattern for the "percent" format.


When date histograms use the auto interval, Kibana attempts to generate this number of bars.


To improve performance, limits the density of date and number histograms across Kibana using a test query. When the test query contains too many buckets, the interval between buckets increases. This setting applies separately to each histogram aggregation, and does not apply to other types of aggregations. To find the maximum value of this setting, divide the Elasticsearch search.max_buckets value by the maximum number of aggregations in each visualization.


In fields that have history, such as query inputs, show this many recent values.


The default placeholder value to use in Management > Index Patterns > Create Index Pattern.


Fields that exist outside of _source. Kibana merges these fields into the document when displaying it.


Affects the TSVB histogram density. Must be set higher than histogram:maxBars.


Allows a wildcard (*) as the first character in a query clause. Only applies when experimental query features are enabled in the query bar. To disallow leading wildcards in Lucene queries, use query:queryString:options.


Options for the Lucene query string parser. Only used when "Query language" is set to Lucene.


The number of objects to fetch for lists of saved objects. The default value is 1000. Do not set above 10000.


The number of objects to show on each page of the list of saved objects. The default is 5.


The query language to use in the query bar. Choices are KQL, a language built specifically for Kibana, and the Lucene query syntax.


Set this property to true to shorten long field names in visualizations. For example, show f.b.baz instead of


Options for the Elasticsearch sort parameter.


[preview] This functionality is in technical preview and may be changed or removed in a future release. Elastic will work to fix any issues, but features in technical preview are not subject to the support SLA of official GA features. Kibana tracks UI state in the URL, which can lead to problems when there is a lot of state information, and the URL gets very long. Enabling this setting stores part of the URL in your browser session to keep the URL short.


Set to true to enable a dark mode for the Kibana UI. You must refresh the page to apply the setting.


Specifies the Kibana theme. If you change the setting, refresh the page to apply the setting.


The list of ranges to show in the Quick section of the time filter. This should be an array of objects, with each object containing from, to (see accepted formats), and display (the title to be displayed).


The default refresh interval for the time filter. Example: { "pause": true, "value": 15000 }.


The default selection in the time filter.


The maximum height that a cell occupies in a table. Set to 0 to disable truncation.

Presentation Labsedit


When enabled, provides access to the experimental Labs features for Canvas.


When enabled, the panels that appear below the fold are loaded when they become visible on the dashboard. Below the fold refers to panels that are not immediately visible when you open a dashboard, but become visible as you scroll. For additional information, refer to Improve dashboard loading time.


When enabled, provides access to the experimental Labs features for Dashboard.



Turns off all unnecessary animations in the Kibana UI. Refresh the page to apply the changes.


Banners are a subscription feature.


Set to Top to display a banner above the Elastic header for this space. Defaults to the value of the xpack.banners.placement configuration property.


The text to display inside the banner for this space, either plain text or Markdown. Defaults to the value of the xpack.banners.textContent configuration property.


The color for the banner text for this space. Defaults to the value of the xpack.banners.textColor configuration property.


The color of the banner background for this space. Defaults to the value of the xpack.banners.backgroundColor configuration property.



Deprecated. Use feature privileges instead. The roles that belong to dashboard only mode.



The number of surrounding entries to display in the context view. The default value is 5.


The number by which to increment or decrement the context size. The default value is 5.


A comma-separated list of fields to use for breaking a tie between documents that have the same timestamp value. The first field that is present and sortable in the current index pattern is used.


The columns that appear by default on the Discover page. The default is _source.


The number of rows to show in the Discover table.


Specifies the maximum number of fields to show in the document column of the Discover table.


When enabled, removes the columns that are not in the new index pattern.


Specifies the number of rows to display in the Discover table.


Load fields from the original JSON _source. When disabled, Discover loads fields using the Elasticsearch search API’s fields parameter.


Controls whether a search is executed when Discover first loads. This setting does not have an effect when loading a saved search.


When enabled, displays multi-fields in the expanded document view.


The default sort direction for time-based index patterns.


Hides the "Time" column in Discover and in all saved searches on dashboards.


Highlights results in Discover and saved searches on dashboards. Highlighting slows requests when working on big documents.


Controls the way the document table looks and works. To use the new Document Explorer instead of the classic view, turn off this option. The Document Explorer offers better data sorting, resizable columns, and a full screen view.

Machine Learningedit


Use the default time filter in the Single Metric Viewer and Anomaly Explorer. If this setting is disabled, the results for the full time range are shown.


Sets the default time filter for viewing anomaly detection job results. This setting must contain from and to values (see accepted formats). It is ignored unless ml:anomalyDetection:results:enableTimeDefaults is enabled.



A custom banner intended for temporary notices to all users. Supports Markdown.


The duration, in milliseconds, for banner notification displays. The default value is 3000000.


The duration, in milliseconds, for error notification displays. The default value is 300000.


The duration, in milliseconds, for information notification displays. The default value is 5000.


The duration, in milliseconds, for warning notification displays. The default value is 10000.



When enabled, displays the Overview tab for services in APM.


When enabled, allows you to inspect Elasticsearch queries in API responses.



A custom image to use in the footer of the PDF.



Enables the creation of index patterns that capture rollup indices, which in turn enables visualizations based on rollup data. Refresh the page to apply the changes.



Deprecated in 7.6. Starting in 8.0, this setting will be optimized internally. When disabled, dashboard panels will load individually, and search requests will terminate when users navigate away or update the query. When enabled, dashboard panels will load together when all of the data is loaded, and searches will not terminate.


Request preference to use when courier:setRequestPreference is set to "custom".


Skips filters that apply to fields that don’t exist in the index for a visualization. Useful when dashboards consist of visualizations from multiple index patterns.


Controls the max_concurrent_shard_requests setting used for _msearch requests sent by Kibana. Set to 0 to disable this config and use the Elasticsearch default.


Enables you to set which shards handle your search requests.

  • Session ID: Restricts operations to execute all search requests on the same shards. This has the benefit of reusing shard caches across requests.
  • Custom: Allows you to define your own preference. Use courier:customRequestPreference to customize your preference value.
  • None: Do not set a preference. This might provide better performance because requests can be spread across all shard copies. However, results might be inconsistent because different shards might be in different refresh states.


This setting is deprecated and will not be supported as of 9.0. Includes frozen indices in results. Searching through frozen indices might increase the search time. This setting is off by default. Users must opt-in to include frozen indices.


Change the maximum timeout for a search session or set to 0 to disable the timeout and allow queries to run to completion.

Security Solutionedit


The threshold above which machine learning job anomalies are displayed in the Elastic Security app.


A comma-delimited list of Elasticsearch indices from which the Elastic Security app collects events.


A comma-delimited list of Threat Intelligence indices from which the Elastic Security app collects indicators.


Enables the security news feed on the Security Overview page.


A JSON array containing links for verifying the reputation of an IP address. The links are displayed on IP detail pages.


The URL from which the security news feed content is retrieved.


The default refresh interval for the Security time filter, in milliseconds.


The default period of time in the Security time filter.


The default period of time in the Security time filter.


The default index when using the .es() query.
The default field containing a timestamp when using the .es() query.
[preview] This functionality is in technical preview and may be changed or removed in a future release. Elastic will work to fix any issues, but features in technical preview are not subject to the support SLA of official GA features. Used with graphite queries, this is the URL of your graphite host in the form This URL can be selected from an allow-list configured in the kibana.yml under timelion.graphiteUrls.
The maximum number of buckets a single data source can return. This value is used for calculating automatic intervals in visualizations.
The smallest interval to calculate when using "auto".
[preview] This functionality is in technical preview and may be changed or removed in a future release. Elastic will work to fix any issues, but features in technical preview are not subject to the support SLA of official GA features. Used with quandl queries, this is your API key from
Used for calculating automatic intervals in visualizations, this is the number of buckets to try to represent.
Enables the legacy charts library for timelion charts in Visualize.



This setting is deprecated and will not be supported as of 8.0. Maps values to specific colors in charts using the Compatibility palette.


The opacity of the chart items that are dimmed when highlighting another element of the chart. Use numbers between 0 and 1. The lower the number, the more the highlighted element stands out.


The maximum number of buckets a datasource can return. High numbers can have a negative impact on your browser rendering performance.


Shows a warning in a region map when terms cannot be joined to a shape.


The default properties for the WMS map server supported in the coordinate map.


The maximum geoHash precision displayed in tile maps. 7 is high, 10 is very high, and 12 is the maximum. For more information, refer to Cell dimensions at the equator.


The visualize editor uses new pie charts with improved performance, color palettes, label positioning, and more. Enable this option if you prefer to use to the legacy charts library.


Enables users to create, view, and edit experimental visualizations. When disabled, only production-ready visualizations are available to users.

Usage Dataedit


When enabled, helps improve the Elastic Stack by providing usage statistics for basic features.