Saved Objectsedit

Saved Objects helps you keep track of and manage your saved objects. These objects store data for later use, including dashboards, visualizations, maps, index patterns, Canvas workpads, and more.

To get started, go to Management > Kibana > Saved Objects. With this UI, you can:

management saved objects

View, edit, and delete objectsedit

  • To view and edit an object in its associated application, click the object title.
  • To show objects that use this object, so you know the impact of deleting it, click the relationships icon Relationships icon.
  • To delete one or more objects, select their checkboxes, and then click Delete.

Import and exportedit

Using the import and export commands, you can move objects between different Kibana instances. These actions are useful when you have multiple environments for development and production. Import and export also work well when you have a large number of objects to update and want to batch the process.


You can import multiple objects in a single operation. Click Import and navigate to the NDJSON file that represents the objects to import. By default, saved objects already in Kibana are overwritten.


You have two options for exporting saved objects.

  • Select the checkboxes of objects that you want to export, and then click Export.
  • Click Export x objects, and export objects by type.

This action creates an NDJSON with all your saved objects. By default, the NDJSON includes child objects that are related to the saved objects. Exported dashboards include their associated index patterns.

Advanced editingedit

Some objects offer an advanced Edit page for modifying the object definition. To open the page, click the inspect icon Inspect icon. You can change the object title, add a description, and modify the JSON that defines the object properties.

If you 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 in the object’s reference array to point to an existing index pattern. This is useful if the index you were working with has been renamed.

Validation is not performed for object properties. Submitting an invalid change will render the object unusable. A more failsafe approach is to use Discover, Visualize, or Dashboard to create new objects instead of directly editing an existing one.