Setting advanced optionsedit

The Advanced Settings page enables you to directly edit settings that control the behavior of the Kibana application. 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. Go to Management > Kibana > Advanced Settings.
  2. Scroll or search for the setting you want to modify.
  3. Enter a new value for the setting.

Read only accessedit

When you have insufficient privileges to edit advanced settings, the following indicator in Kibana will be displayed. The buttons to edit settings won’t be visible. For more information on granting access to Kibana see Granting access to Kibana.

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

Kibana settings referenceedit

Modifying 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 removes it from Kibana permanently.

General settingsedit


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


The top N most popular fields to show.


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


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


The default numeral format for the "bytes" format.


The default numeral 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 language locale.


The default numeral format for the "number" format.


The default numeral format for the "percent" format.


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


Date histograms are not generated with more bars than the value of this property, scaling values when necessary.


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


For index patterns containing timestamps in their names, look for this many recent matching patterns from which to query the field mapping.


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.


The maximum numbers of buckets that a single data source can return. This might arise when the user selects a short interval (for example, 1s) for a long time period (1 year).


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.


[experimental] 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.


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.


The default selection in the time filter.


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


Email address for X-Pack admin operations, such as cluster alert notifications from Monitoring.

Accessibility settingsedit


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

Dashboard settingsedit


The roles that belong to dashboard only mode.

Discover settingsedit


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 terms that are visualized when clicking the Visualize button in the field drop down. The default is 20.


The number of rows to show in the Discover table.


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.

Notifications settingsedit


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. Set this field to Infinity to disable banner notifications.


The duration, in milliseconds, for error notification displays. The default value is 300000. Set this field to Infinity to disable error notifications.


The duration, in milliseconds, for information notification displays. The default value is 5000. Set this field to Infinity to disable information notifications.


The duration, in milliseconds, for warning notification displays. The default value is 10000. Set this field to Infinity to disable warning notifications.

Reporting settingsedit


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

Rollup settingsedit


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.

Search settingsedit


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.


Includes frozen indices in results. Searching through frozen indices might increase the search time.

Timelion settingsedit


The default number of columns to use on a Timelion sheet.


The default number of rows to use on a Timelion sheet.


The default index when using the .es() query.


The default field containing a timestamp when using the .es() query.


[experimental] Used with graphite queries, this is the URL of your graphite host in the form This URL can be selected from a whitelist 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".


[experimental] Used with quandl queries, this is your API key from


Shows the Timelion tutorial to users when they first open the Timelion app.


Used for calculating automatic intervals in visualizations, this is the number of buckets to try to represent.

Visualization settingsedit


Maps values to specified colors in visualizations.


The opacity of the chart items that are dimmed when highlighting another element of the chart. The lower this number, the more the highlighted element stands out. This must be a number between 0 and 1.


The time to wait before dimming visualizations during a query.


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


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


The maximum geoHash precision displayed on tile maps: 7 is high, 10 is very high, and 12 is the maximum. See this explanation of cell dimensions.


Enables users to create, view, and edit experimental visualizations. If disabled, only visualizations that are considered production-ready are available to the user.

Usage data settingsedit

Helps improve the Elastic Stack by providing usage statistics for basic features.