Docker images for Kibana are available from the Elastic Docker registry. The base image is ubuntu:20.04.
A list of all published Docker images and tags is available at www.docker.elastic.co. The source code is in GitHub.
These images contain both free and subscription features. Start a 30-day trial to try out all of the features.
Run Kibana on Docker for developmentedit
Start an Elasticsearch container for development or testing:
docker network create elastic docker pull docker.elastic.co/elasticsearch/elasticsearch:8.6.2 docker run --name es-node01 --net elastic -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 -t docker.elastic.co/elasticsearch/elasticsearch:8.6.2
When you start Elasticsearch for the first time, the following security configuration occurs automatically:
- Certificates and keys are generated for the transport and HTTP layers.
The Transport Layer Security (TLS) configuration settings are written to
A password is generated for the
An enrollment token is generated for Kibana.
You might need to scroll back a bit in the terminal to view the password and enrollment token.
- Copy the generated password and enrollment token and save them in a secure location. These values are shown only when you start Elasticsearch for the first time. You’ll use these to enroll Kibana with your Elasticsearch cluster and log in.
In a new terminal session, start Kibana and connect it to your Elasticsearch container:
docker pull docker.elastic.co/kibana/kibana:8.6.2 docker run --name kib-01 --net elastic -p 5601:5601 docker.elastic.co/kibana/kibana:8.6.2
When you start Kibana, a unique link is output to your terminal.
To access Kibana, click the generated link in your terminal.
- In your browser, paste the enrollment token that you copied when starting Elasticsearch and click the button to connect your Kibana instance with Elasticsearch.
Log in to Kibana as the
elasticuser with the password that was generated when you started Elasticsearch.
Generate passwords and enrollment tokensedit
If you need to reset the password for the
elastic user or other
built-in users, run the
tool. This tool is available in the Elasticsearch
bin directory of the Docker container.
For example, to reset the password for the
docker exec -it es-node01 /usr/share/elasticsearch/bin/elasticsearch-reset-password -u elastic
If you need to generate new enrollment tokens for Kibana or Elasticsearch nodes, run the
This tool is available in the Elasticsearch
bin directory of the Docker container.
For example, to generate a new enrollment token for Kibana:
docker exec -it es-node01 /usr/share/elasticsearch/bin/elasticsearch-create-enrollment-token -s kibana
Remove Docker containersedit
To remove the containers and their network, run:
docker network rm elastic docker rm es-node01 docker rm kib-01
Configure Kibana on Dockeredit
The Docker images provide several methods for configuring Kibana. The
conventional approach is to provide a
kibana.yml file as described in
Configuring Kibana, but it’s also possible to use
environment variables to define settings.
One way to configure Kibana on Docker is to provide
kibana.yml via bind-mounting.
docker-compose, the bind-mount can be specified like this:
version: '2' services: kibana: image: docker.elastic.co/kibana/kibana:8.6.2 volumes: - ./kibana.yml:/usr/share/kibana/config/kibana.yml
By default, Kibana auto-generates a keystore file for secure settings at startup. To persist your secure settings, use the
kibana-keystore utility to bind-mount the parent directory of the keystore to the container. For example:
docker run -it --rm -v full_path_to/config:/usr/share/kibana/config -v full_path_to/data:/usr/share/kibana/data docker.elastic.co/kibana/kibana:8.6.2 bin/kibana-keystore create docker run -it --rm -v full_path_to/config:/usr/share/kibana/config -v full_path_to/data:/usr/share/kibana/data docker.elastic.co/kibana/kibana:8.6.2 bin/kibana-keystore add test_keystore_setting
Environment variable configurationedit
Under Docker, Kibana can be configured via environment variables. When the container starts, a helper process checks the environment for variables that can be mapped to Kibana command-line arguments.
For compatibility with container orchestration systems, these environment variables are written in all capitals, with underscores as word separators. The helper translates these names to valid Kibana setting names.
All information that you include in environment variables is visible through the
ps command, including sensitive information.
Some example translations are shown here:
Table 1. Example Docker Environment Variables
In general, any setting listed in Configure Kibana can be configured with this technique.
Supplying array options can be tricky. The following example shows the syntax for providing an array to
These variables can be set with
docker-compose like this:
version: '2' services: kibana: image: docker.elastic.co/kibana/kibana:8.6.2 environment: SERVER_NAME: kibana.example.org ELASTICSEARCH_HOSTS: '["http://es01:9200","http://es02:9200","http://es03:9200"]'
Since environment variables are translated to CLI arguments, they take
precedence over settings configured in
The following settings have different default values when using the Docker images:
These settings are defined in the default
kibana.yml. They can be overridden
with a custom
kibana.yml or via
kibana.yml with a custom version, be sure to copy the
defaults to the custom file if you want to retain them. If not, they will
be "masked" by the new file.
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