Getting started with Elastic Mapsedit

You work with Elastic Maps by adding layers. The data for a layer can come from sources such as Elasticsearch documents, vector sources, tile map services, web map services, and more. You can symbolize the data in different ways. For example, you might show which airports have the longest flight delays by using circles from small to big. Or, you might show the amount of web log traffic by shading countries from light to dark.

sample data web logs
Note

If you have insufficient privileges to create or save maps, a read-only icon appears in the application header. The buttons to create new maps or edit existing maps won’t be visible. For more information on granting access to Kibana see Granting access to Kibana.

Example of Maps' read only access indicator in Kibana’s header

Prerequisitesedit

Before you start this tutorial, add the web logs sample data set. Each sample data set includes a map to go along with the data. Once you’ve added the data, open Elastic Maps and explore the different layers of the [Logs] Total Requests and Bytes map. You’ll re-create this map in this tutorial.

Take-away skillsedit

In this tutorial, you’ll learn to:

  • Create a multi-layer map
  • Connect a layer to a data source
  • Use symbols, colors, and labels to style a layer
  • Create layers for Elasticsearch data