Install Kibana on Windowsedit

Kibana can be installed on Windows using the .zip package.

This package contains both free and subscription features. Start a 30-day trial to try out all of the features.

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 .zip packageedit

Download the .zip windows archive for Kibana v7.17.22 from

Unzip it with your favourite unzip tool. This will create a folder called kibana-7.17.22-windows-x86_64, which we will refer to as $KIBANA_HOME. In a terminal window, CD to the $KIBANA_HOME directory, for instance:

CD c:\kibana-7.17.22-windows-x86_64

Run Kibana from the command lineedit

Kibana can be started from the command line as follows:


By default, Kibana runs in the foreground, prints its logs to STDOUT, and can be stopped by pressing Ctrl-C.

Configure Kibana via the config fileedit

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 .zip archiveedit

The .zip package is 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.

Type Description Default Location Setting


Kibana home directory or $KIBANA_HOME

Directory created by unpacking the archive


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



Configuration files including kibana.yml




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



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