Get started

Ready to try out Kibana and see what it can do? To quickest way to get started with Kibana is to set up on Cloud, then add a sample data set that helps you get a handle on the full range of Kibana features.

Set up on Cloud

To access Kibana in a single click, run our hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud.

  1. Log into the Elasticsearch Service Console. If you need an account, register for a free 14-day trial.
  2. Click Create deployment, then give your deployment a name.
  3. To use the default options, click Create deployment. You can modify the other deployment options, but the default options are great to get started.

Be sure to copy down the password for the elastic user and Cloud ID information. You’ll need that later.

Get data into Kibana

The easiest way to get data into Kibana is to add a sample data set.

Kibana has several sample data sets that you can use before loading your own data:

  • Sample eCommerce orders includes visualizations for tracking product-related information, such as cost, revenue, and price.
  • Sample flight data includes visualizations for monitoring flight routes.
  • Sample web logs includes visualizations for monitoring website traffic.

To use the sample data sets:

  1. Go to the Kibana home page.
  2. Click Load a data set and a Kibana dashboard.
  3. Click View data and view the prepackaged dashboards, maps, and more.
add sample data

The timestamps in the sample data sets are relative to when they are installed. If you uninstall and reinstall a data set, the timestamps change to reflect the most recent installation.

Next steps

  • To get a hands-on experience creating visualizations, follow the add sample data tutorial.
  • If you’re ready to load an actual data set and build a dashboard, follow the build your own dashboard tutorial.