Secure settingsedit

Some settings are sensitive, and relying on filesystem permissions to protect their values is not sufficient. For this use case, Kibana provides a keystore, and the kibana-keystore tool to manage the settings in the keystore.

  • Run all commands as the user who runs Kibana.
  • Only the settings with the (Secure) qualifier should be stored in the keystore. Unsupported, extraneous or invalid JSON-string settings cause Kibana to fail to start up.

Create the keystoreedit

To create the kibana.keystore, use the create command:

bin/kibana-keystore create

The file kibana.keystore will be created in the config directory defined by the environment variable KBN_PATH_CONF.

List settings in the keystoreedit

A list of the settings in the keystore is available with the list command:

bin/kibana-keystore list

Add string settingsedit

Your input will be JSON-parsed to allow for object/array input configurations. To enforce string values, use "double quotes" around your input.

Sensitive string settings, like authentication credentials for Elasticsearch can be added using the add command:

bin/kibana-keystore add

Once added to the keystore, these setting will be automatically applied to this instance of Kibana when started. For example if you do

bin/kibana-keystore add elasticsearch.username

you will be prompted to provide the value for elasticsearch.username. (Your input will show as asterisks.)

The tool will prompt for the value of the setting. To pass the value through stdin, use the --stdin flag:

cat /file/containing/setting/value | bin/kibana-keystore add --stdin

Remove settingsedit

To remove a setting from the keystore, use the remove command:

bin/kibana-keystore remove

Read settingsedit

To display the configured setting values, use the show command:

bin/kibana-keystore show setting.key