Monitoring Settings in Kibanaedit

By default, the Monitoring application is enabled, but data collection is disabled. When you first start Kibana monitoring, you are prompted to enable data collection. If you are using X-Pack security, you must be signed in as a user with the cluster:manage privilege to enable data collection. The built-in superuser role has this privilege and the built-in elastic user has this role.

You can adjust how monitoring data is collected from Kibana and displayed in Kibana by configuring settings in the kibana.yml file. There are also xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.* settings, which support the same values as Kibana configuration settings.

To control how data is collected from your Elasticsearch nodes, you configure xpack.monitoring.collection settings in elasticsearch.yml. To control how monitoring data is collected from Logstash, you configure xpack.monitoring settings in logstash.yml.

For more information, see Monitoring the Elastic Stack.

General Monitoring Settingsedit

xpack.monitoring.enabled
Set to true (default) to enable X-Pack monitoring in Kibana. Unlike the xpack.monitoring.ui.enabled setting, when this setting is false, the monitoring back-end does not run and Kibana stats are not sent to the monitoring cluster.
xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.url
Specifies the location of the Elasticsearch cluster where your monitoring data is stored. By default, this is the same as the elasticsearch.url. This setting enables you to use a single Kibana instance to search and visualize data in your production cluster as well as monitor data sent to a dedicated monitoring cluster.
xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.username
Specifies the user ID that Kibana uses for authentication when it retrieves data from the monitoring cluster. If not set, Kibana uses the value of the elasticsearch.username setting.
xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.password
Specifies the password that Kibana uses for authentication when it retrieves data from the monitoring cluster. If not set, Kibana uses the value of the elasticsearch.password setting.
xpack.monitoring.report_stats
[6.3.0] Deprecated in 6.3.0. Use xpack.xpack_main.telemetry.enabled instead.
xpack.xpack_main.telemetry.enabled
Set to true (default) to send cluster statistics to Elastic. Reporting your cluster statistics helps us improve your user experience. Your data is never shared with anyone. Set to false to disable statistics reporting from any browser connected to the Kibana instance. You can also opt out through the Advanced Settings in Kibana.
xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.pingTimeout
Specifies the time in milliseconds to wait for Elasticsearch to respond to internal health checks. By default, it matches the elasticsearch.pingTimeout setting, which has a default value of 30000.

Monitoring Collection Settingsedit

These settings control how data is collected from Kibana.

xpack.monitoring.kibana.collection.enabled
Set to true (default) to enable data collection from the Kibana NodeJS server for Kibana Dashboards to be featured in the Monitoring.
xpack.monitoring.kibana.collection.interval
Specifies the number of milliseconds to wait in between data sampling on the Kibana NodeJS server for the metrics that are displayed in the Kibana dashboards. Defaults to 10000 (10 seconds).

Monitoring UI Settingsedit

These settings adjust how the Kibana Monitoring page displays monitoring data. However, the defaults work best in most circumstances. For more information about configuring Kibana, see Setting Kibana Server Properties.

xpack.monitoring.ui.enabled
Set to false to hide the Monitoring UI in Kibana. The monitoring back-end continues to run as an agent for sending Kibana stats to the monitoring cluster. Defaults to true.
xpack.monitoring.max_bucket_size
Specifies the number of term buckets to return out of the overall terms list when performing terms aggregations to retrieve index and node metrics. For more information about the size parameter, see Terms Aggregation. Defaults to 10000.
xpack.monitoring.min_interval_seconds
Specifies the minimum number of seconds that a time bucket in a chart can represent. Defaults to 10. If you modify the xpack.monitoring.collection.interval in elasticsearch.yml, use the same value in this setting.
Monitoring UI Container Settingsedit

The Monitoring UI exposes the Cgroup statistics that we collect for you to make better decisions about your container performance, rather than guessing based on the overall machine performance. If you are not running your applications in a container, then Cgroup statistics are not useful.

xpack.monitoring.ui.container.elasticsearch.enabled

For Elasticsearch clusters that are running in containers, this setting changes the Node Listing to display the CPU utilization based on the reported Cgroup statistics. It also adds the calculated Cgroup CPU utilization to the Node Overview page instead of the overall operating system’s CPU utilization. Defaults to false.

Elasticsearch Inside a Container