Import Objectsedit

Warning

This functionality is experimental and may be changed or removed completely in a future release.

The import saved objects API enables you to create a set of Kibana saved objects from a file created by the export API.

Note: You cannot access this endpoint via the Console in Kibana.

Requestedit

POST /api/saved_objects/_import

Query Parametersedit

overwrite (optional)
(boolean) Overwrite saved objects if they exist already

Request bodyedit

The request body must be of type multipart/form-data.

file
A file exported using the export API.

Response bodyedit

The response body will have a top level success property that indicates if the import was successful or not as well as a successCount indicating how many records are successfully imported. In the scenario the import wasn’t successful a top level errors array will contain the objects that failed to import.

Examplesedit

The following example imports an index pattern and dashboard.

$ curl -X POST "localhost:5601/api/saved_objects/_import" -H "kbn-xsrf: true" --form file=@file.ndjson

The file.ndjson file would contain the following.

{"type":"index-pattern","id":"my-pattern","attributes":{"title":"my-pattern-*"}}
{"type":"dashboard","id":"my-dashboard","attributes":{"title":"Look at my dashboard"}}

A successful call returns a response code of 200 and a response body containing a JSON structure similar to the following example:

{
  "success": true,
  "successCount": 2
}

The following example imports an index pattern and dashboard but has a conflict on the index pattern.

$ curl -X POST "localhost:5601/api/saved_objects/_import" -H "kbn-xsrf: true" --form file=@file.ndjson

The file.ndjson file would contain the following.

{"type":"index-pattern","id":"my-pattern","attributes":{"title":"my-pattern-*"}}
{"type":"dashboard","id":"my-dashboard","attributes":{"title":"Look at my dashboard"}}

The call returns a response code of 200 and a response body containing a JSON structure similar to the following example:

{
  "success": false,
  "successCount": 1,
  "errors": [
    {
      "id": "my-pattern",
      "type": "index-pattern",
      "title": "my-pattern-*",
      "error": {
        "type": "conflict"
      },
    },
  ],
}

The following example imports a visualization and dashboard but the index pattern for the visualization reference doesn’t exist.

$ curl -X POST "localhost:5601/api/saved_objects/_import" -H "kbn-xsrf: true" --form file=@file.ndjson

The file.ndjson file would contain the following.

{"type":"visualization","id":"my-vis","attributes":{"title":"my-vis"},"references":[{"name":"ref_0","type":"index-pattern","id":"my-pattern-*"}]}
{"type":"dashboard","id":"my-dashboard","attributes":{"title":"Look at my dashboard"},"references":[{"name":"ref_0","type":"visualization","id":"my-vis"}]}

The call returns a response code of 200 and a response body containing a JSON structure similar to the following example:

  "success": false,
  "successCount": 0,
  "errors": [
    {
      "id": "my-vis",
      "type": "visualization",
      "title": "my-vis",
      "error": {
        "type": "missing_references",
        "references": [
          {
            "type": "index-pattern",
            "id": "my-pattern-*"
          }
        ],
        "blocking": [
          {
            "type": "dashboard",
            "id": "my-dashboard"
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]