Breaking changes in 7.0edit

This section discusses the changes that you need to be aware of when migrating your application to Kibana 7.0.

See also Release Highlights and Release Notes.

API changesedit

Deprecated API /shorten has been removededit

Details: The /shorten API has been deprecated since 6.5, when it was replaced by the /api/shorten_url API.

Impact: The /shorten API has been removed. Use the /api/shorten_url API instead.

Saved object structure changeedit

Details: Saved objects no longer contain ids of other saved objects under attributes. They have been moved under references with a named reference in attributes.

Example structure before:

{
  ...
  "attributes": {
    ...
    "panelsJSON": [{
      ...
      "type": "visualization",
      "id": "dbf71bb0-ffad-11e8-acfd-d359b3d9069"
    }]
  }
}

Example structure after:

{
  ...
  "attributes": {
    ...
    "panelsJSON": [{
      ...
      "panelRefName": "panel_0"
    }]
  },
  "references": [{
    "name": "panel_0",
    "type": "visualization",
    "id": "dbf71bb0-ffad-11e8-acfd-d359b3d9069"
  }]
}

Impact: Users who query directly for ids will have to use the new hasReference in the find API. Users who save ids within attributes will have to move them into the references attribute and have a named reference to it.

Browser support changesedit

Removed support for using PhantomJS browser for screenshots in Reportingedit

Details: Since the first release of Kibana Reporting, PhantomJS was used as the headless browser to capture screenshots of Kibana dashboards and visualizations. In that short time, Chromium has started offering a new headless browser library and the PhantomJS maintainers abandoned their project. We started planning for a transition in 6.5.0, when we made Chromium the default option, but allowed users to continue using Phantom with the xpack.reporting.capture.browser.type: phantom setting. In 7.0, that setting will still exist for compatibility, but the only valid option will be chromium.

Impact: Before upgrading to 7.0, if you have xpack.reporting.capture.browser.type set in kibana.yml, make sure it is set to chromium.

Note

Reporting 7.0 uses a version of the Chromium headless browser that RHEL 6, CentOS 6.x, and other old versions of Linux derived from RHEL 6. This change effectively removes RHEL 6 OS server support from Kibana Reporting. Users with RHEL 6 must upgrade to RHEL 7 to use Kibana Reporting starting with version 7.0.0 of the Elastic stack.

Legacy browsers (namely IE11) will see a security warning message whenever they load Kibanaedit

Details: Kibana now has a Content Security Policy, but it’s only effective if browsers enforce it, and since older browsers like Internet Explorer 11 do not support CSP, we show them a warning message whenever they load Kibana.

Impact: Nothing needs to be done necessarily, but if you don’t need to support legacy browsers like IE11, we recommend that you set csp.strict: true in your kibana.yml to block access to those browsers entirely. If your organization requires users to use IE11, you might like to disable the warning entirely with csp.warnLegacyBrowsers: false in your kibana.yml.

Elastic Maps Service changesedit

Removed overseas territories from France Departments vector layeredit

Details: Overseas territories in the France Departments vector layer have been removed. These territories have no ISO 3166-2 or INSEE codes to join to Elasticsearch data.

Impact: Region Map, Vega, and Maps plugin visualizations using the France Departments layer will not show overseas territories.

USA Zip Codes vector layer updated with latest US Census dataedit

Details: The USA Zip Codes layer has been updated based on the 2018 Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) distributed by the US Census Bureau. ZCTA boundaries have been generalized from the source data for visualization and locations are approximate.

Impact: Region Map, Vega, and Maps plugin visualizations using the USA Zip Codes layer will appear differently. ZCTA boundaries have changed dramatically in some areas. Also, some zip codes have been deprecated and new ones have been added.

Packaging changesedit

Removed support for running Kibana with a global Node.js installationedit

Details: Previous versions of Kibana would fallback to using a global installation of Node.js if the distribution included with Kibana was not found. Kibana 7.0 will only use the Node.js distribution included in the package.

Impact: There is no expected impact unless Kibana is installed in a non-standard way.

Plugin changesedit

Optimization step deferred until server startedit

Details: Prior versions of Kibana would run the optimization step after each plugin installation. This is now run on server start when necessary.

Impact: Users can trigger a standalone optimization after all plugins have been installed with bin/kibana --optimize or let the server manage it on startup.

Security changesedit

Removed support for users relying on direct index privileges to the Kibana index in Elasticsearchedit

Details: With the introduction of Kibana RBAC in 6.4, users no longer require privileges to the Kibana index in Elasticsearch. Instead, users should be granted Kibana privileges. Prior to 7.0, when a user that relies upon direct index privileges logs into Kibana, a deprecation warning is logged. If you are using the kibana_user or kibana_dashboard_only_user role to grant access to Kibana, or a custom role using Kibana privileges, no changes are required.

Impact: You must change any roles which grant access to Kibana using index privileges to instead use Kibana privileges. Watcher jobs using the Reporting attachment type must be updated as well.

Settings changesedit

Removed support for tribe nodesedit

Details: Elasticsearch 7.0 removes the tribe node feature, so Kibana removes it as well.

Impact: You must remove any tribe node configurations in Kibana. Consider using Cross-cluster search instead, which does not require kibana.yml configurations in Kibana.

elasticsearch.ssl.ca is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated elasticsearch.ssl.ca setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use elasticsearch.ssl.certificateAuthorities instead.

elasticsearch.ssl.cert is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated elasticsearch.ssl.cert setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use elasticsearch.ssl.certificate instead.

elasticsearch.ssl.verify is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated elasticsearch.ssl.verify setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use elasticsearch.ssl.verificationMode instead. If you set elasticsearch.ssl.verify to true, that is equal to setting elasticsearch.ssl.verificationMode to full.

elasticsearch.url is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated elasticsearch.url setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use elasticsearch.hosts instead. In prior versions of Kibana, if no port was specified in elasticsearch.url, a default of 9200 was chosen. The port in elasticsearch.hosts is protocol dependent: https ports will use 443, and http ports will use 80. If your elasticsearch.url setting was dependent on an unspecified port set to 9200, append :9200 to the url in the elasticsearch.hosts setting.

i18n.defaultLocale is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated i18n.defaultLocale setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use i18n.locale instead.

index_management.<any setting> is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated index_management.* settings in the kibana.yml file have been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.index_management.<any setting> instead.

license_management.<any setting> is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated license_management.* settings in the kibana.yml file have been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.license_management.<any setting> instead.

logging.useUTC is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated logging.useUTC setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: If logging.useUTC was set to true (its default value), the timezone id was UTC. Use logging.timezone instead. Any timezone can now be specified by canonical id.

regionmap is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated regionmap setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use map.regionmap instead.

rollup.<any setting> is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated rollup.* settings in the kibana.yml file have been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.rollup.<any setting> instead.

server.ssl.cert is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated server.ssl.cert setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use server.ssl.certificate instead

server.ssl.enabled must be set to true to enable SSLedit

Details: Previously, if the server.ssl.certificate and server.ssl.key settins were specified in the kibana.yml file, SSL would be automatically enabled. It’s now required that you set server.ssl.enabled to true for this to occur.

Impact: Users with both server.ssl.certificate and server.ssl.key set must now also set server.ssl.enabled to enable SSL.

server.ssl.supportedProtocols excludes TLSv1 by defaultedit

Details: By default, TLSv1 support has been removed. It’s still possible to opt-in to TLSv1 support by explicitly setting server.ssl.supportedProtocols in the kibana.yml file.

Impact: Users relying on TLSv1 will be unable to use Kibana unless server.ssl.supportedProtocols is explicitly set.

tilemap is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated tilemap setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use map.tilemap instead.

upgrade_assistant.<any setting> is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated upgrade_assistant.* settings in the kibana.yml file have been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.upgrade_assistant.<any setting> instead.

xpack.monitoring.beats.index_pattern is no longer validedit

Details: The unsupported xpack.monitoring.beats.index_pattern setting in the kibana.yml file has been officially removed.

Impact: The ability to customize this pattern is no longer supported.

xpack.monitoring.cluster_alerts.index is no longer validedit

Details: The unsupported xpack.monitoring.cluster_alerts.index setting in the kibana.yml file has been officially removed.

Impact: The ability to customize this index is no longer supported.

xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.index_pattern is no longer validedit

Details: The unsupported xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.index_pattern setting in the kibana.yml file has been officially removed.

Impact: The ability to customize this pattern is no longer supported.

xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.ca is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.ca setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.certificateAuthorities instead.

xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.cert is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.cert setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.certificate instead.

xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.verify is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.verify setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.verificationMode instead. If you previously set xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.verify to true, it is equal to setting xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.verificationMode to full.

xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.url is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.url setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.hosts instead. In prior versions of Kibana, if no port was specified in xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.url a default of 9200 was chosen. The port in xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.hosts is protocol dependent: https ports will use 443, and http ports will use 80. If xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.url was dependent on an unspecified port set to 9200, append :9200 to the url in xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.hosts.

xpack.monitoring.index_pattern is no longer validedit

Details: The unsupported xpack.monitoring.index_pattern setting in the kibana.yml file has been officially removed.

Impact: The ability to customize this pattern is no longer supported.

xpack.monitoring.kibana.index_pattern is no longer validedit

Details: The unsupported xpack.monitoring.kibana.index_pattern setting in the kibana.yml file has been officially removed.

Impact: The ability to customize this pattern is no longer supported.

xpack.monitoring.logstash.index_pattern is no longer validedit

Details: The unsupported xpack.monitoring.logstash.index_pattern setting in the kibana.yml file has been officially removed.

Impact: The ability to customize this pattern is no longer supported.

xpack.monitoring.node_resolver is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated xpack.monitoring.node_resolver setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed. This setting has been deprecated since 5.6, when it was explicitly recommended to use uuid as its value.

Impact: This setting is no longer necessary. If you enable the Elastic Stack monitoring features, a monitoring agent runs on each Elasticsearch node, Logstash node, Kibana instance, and Beat to collect and index metrics. Each node and instance is considered unique based on its persistent UUID, which is written to the path.data directory when the node or instance starts.

xpack.monitoring.report_stats is no longer validedit

Details: The deprecated xpack.monitoring.report_stats setting in the kibana.yml file has been removed.

Impact: Use xpack.xpack_main.telemetry.enabled instead.

management/kibana/(index|indices)management/kibana/index_pattern(?s)edit

Details: Kibana management URLs pertaining to index patterns have been changed to accurately reflect their content, from management/kibana/index or management/kibana/indices to managemen/kibana/index_pattern or management/kibana/index_patterns.

Impact: References to these URLs will need to be updated.

Advanced settings changesedit

Advanced setting query:queryString:options no longer applies to filtersedit

Details: In previous versions of Kibana the Advanced Setting query:queryString:options was applied to both queries and custom filters using the query_string query. This could cause errors if a custom filter used options that conflicted with the Advanced Setting. In 7.0 query:queryString:options will no longer be applied to filters so that users can have full control over their custom filters.

Impact: You must ensure that any saved searches with a query_string filter aren’t relying implicitly on query:queryString:options.

Advanced setting query:queryString:options no longer applies default_field: * by default.edit

Details: Elasticsearch removed the ability to create indices with an _all field in 6.0. As a result, a user could end up with a mix of indices with and without _all fields if they upgraded from an older version of ES. This could lead to inconsistent highlighting in Discover. To work around this issue we added default_field: * to query:queryString:options to force consistent querying across indices with and without _all. In 7.0 the _all field will be gone from all indices so we no longer need this workaround.

Impact: Since we’ll no longer send the default_field parameter in Kibana’s query_string query, Elasticsearch will use the index setting instead. The default for the index setting is also *, so most users should not be impacted. If some of your indices have a non-default default_field setting, you may want to update it or re-add the parameter to Kibana’s advanced setting.

UI changesedit

Dark mode is now globaledit

Details: Both the Dashboard and Maps applications offer "Dark Mode" options which have been removed in favor of a global dark mode advanced setting. This means that instead of having to turn on dark mode in many places, users can choose to turn on the theme:darkMode advanced setting and it will apply to all applications.

Impact: The dark mode setting for Dashboards and Maps will be ignored and the global setting will be used instead.

KQL is now the default query language in the global search baredit

Details: Language enhancements that were introduced in 6.3 on an opt-in basis are now turned on by default. This is considered a breaking change because the enhancements include a simplifed syntax that has some small incompatibilities with the old Lucene syntax.

Impact: Users simply need to familiarize themselves with the new syntax. Existing saved searches, visualizations, and dashboards that use the old Lucene syntax will continue to work, but users should consider migrating them to KQL to enjoy the other benefits that come along with it. For the time being, individual users can still opt-out of KQL under the options menu in the query bar and admins can still change the global default using the search:queryLanguage advanced setting.

Removed support for deeply nested table splits in data table visualizationsedit

Details: Previously a user was able to create multiple "split table" aggregations in one table on arbitrary levels. The potential for deeply nested tables posed maintenance and accessibility challenges, and was inconsistent with other visualizations that only allow one table split. This change does not limit the number of split rows a user can put into a table; it only restricts the number of split tables to one.

Impact: To prevent breaking existing visualizations, saved objects containing nested table splits will be automatically migrated to contain only one split table, converting any existing split tables beyond the first to split rows. No action should be required as a result of this change, but be aware that users with saved data table visualizations that contain multiple split tables will now see those tables rendered differently.

Imported Kibana dashboards might require small grid layout adjustments due to design changesedit

Details: Kibana 7.0 introduces a new default font for the application and also comes with several design changes in dashboards that slightly change padding and margin for dashboard panels. You may find you need to adjust grid layouts to compensate.

Impact: Minimal. In most cases, the dashboards should render as they did previously. In some cases, panels might overflow and require scroll bars where they did not previously. Simply adjust the panel sizes and edit your dashboard layouts if these bother you.

Timelion no longer appears in the side navigationedit

Details: Timelion sheets will continue to work in Visualize, but the Timelion application no longer appears by default in the Kibana side navigation.

Impact: To create a Timelion visualization, go to Visualize and select Timelion from the visualization types. If you have a lot of existing Timelion visualizations and want to add Timelion back in the side navigation, set timelion.ui.enabled to true in kibana.yml.