Install Kibana with .tar.gzedit

Kibana is provided for Linux and Darwin as a .tar.gz package. These packages are the easiest formats to use when trying out Kibana.

The latest stable version of Kibana can be found on the Download Kibana page. Other versions can be found on the Past Releases page.

Download and install the Linux 64-bit packageedit

The 64-bit Linux archive for Kibana v5.3.0 can be downloaded and installed as follows:

wget https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/kibana/kibana-5.3.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
sha1sum kibana-5.3.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz 
tar -xzf kibana-5.3.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
cd kibana/ 

Compare the SHA produced by sha1sum or shasum with the published SHA.

This directory is known as $KIBANA_HOME.

Download and install the Linux 32-bit packageedit

The 32-bit Linux archive for Kibana v5.3.0 can be downloaded and installed as follows:

wget https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/kibana/kibana-5.3.0-linux-x86.tar.gz
sha1sum kibana-5.3.0-linux-x86.tar.gz 
tar -xzf kibana-5.3.0-linux-x86.tar.gz
cd kibana/ 

Compare the SHA produced by sha1sum or shasum with the published SHA.

This directory is known as $KIBANA_HOME.

Download and install the Darwin packageedit

The Darwin archive for Kibana v5.3.0 can be downloaded and installed as follows:

wget https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/kibana/kibana-5.3.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz
shasum kibana-5.3.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz 
tar -xzf kibana-5.3.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz
cd kibana/ 

Compare the SHA produced by sha1sum or shasum with the published SHA.

This directory is known as $KIBANA_HOME.

Running Kibana from the command lineedit

Kibana can be started from the command line as follows:

./bin/kibana

By default, Kibana runs in the foreground, prints its logs to the standard output (stdout), and can be stopped by pressing Ctrl-C.

Configuring Kibana via config fileedit

Kibana loads its configuration from the $KIBANA_HOME/config/kibana.yml file by default. The format of this config file is explained in Configuring Kibana.

Directory layout of .tar.gz archivesedit

The .tar.gz packages are entirely self-contained. All files and directories are, by default, contained within $KIBANA_HOME — the directory created when unpacking the archive.

This is very convenient because you don’t have to create any directories to start using Kibana, and uninstalling Kibana is as easy as removing the $KIBANA_HOME directory. However, it is advisable to change the default locations of the config and data directories so that you do not delete important data later on.

Type Description Default Location Setting

home

Kibana home directory or $KIBANA_HOME

Directory created by unpacking the archive

bin

Binary scripts including kibana to start the Kibana server and kibana-plugin to install plugins

$KIBANA_HOME\bin

config

Configuration files including kibana.yml

$KIBANA_HOME\config

data

The location of the data files written to disk by Kibana and its plugins

$KIBANA_HOME\data

optimize

Transpiled source code. Certain administrative actions (e.g. plugin install) result in the source code being retranspiled on the fly.

$KIBANA_HOME\optimize

plugins

Plugin files location. Each plugin will be contained in a subdirectory.

$KIBANA_HOME\plugins