Most frequently used visualizations

The most frequently used visualizations allow you to plot aggregated data from a saved search or index pattern.

The most frequently used visualizations include:

  • Line, area, and bar charts
  • Pie chart
  • Data table
  • Metric, goal, and gauge
  • Tag cloud

Supported aggregations

The most frequently used visualizations support the following aggregations:

Configure your visualization

You configure visualizations using the default editor. Each visualization supports different configurations of the metrics and buckets.

For example, a bar chart allows you to add an x-axis:

A common configuration for the x-axis is to use a Elasticsearch date histogram aggregation:

visualize date histogram

To see your changes, click Apply changes apply changes button

If it’s supported by the visualization, you can add more buckets. In this example we have added a Elasticsearch terms aggregation on the field geo.src to show the top 5 sources of log traffic.

visualize date histogram split 1

The new aggregation is added after the first one, so the result shows the top 5 sources of traffic per 3 hours. If you want to change the aggregation order, you can do so by dragging:

The visualization now shows the top 5 sources of traffic overall, and compares them in 3 hour increments:

visualize date histogram split 2

For more information about how aggregations are used in visualizations, see supported aggregations.

Each visualization also has its own customization options. Most visualizations allow you to customize the color of a specific series:

An array of color dots that users can select