Setting advanced optionsedit

The Advanced Settings page enables you to directly edit settings that control the behavior of the Kibana application. For example, you can change the format used to display dates, specify the default index pattern, and set the precision for displayed decimal values.

  1. Go to Management > Kibana > Advanced Settings.
  2. Scroll or search for the setting you want to modify.
  3. Enter a new value for the setting.

Read only accessedit

When you have insufficient privileges to edit advanced settings, the following indicator in Kibana will be displayed. The buttons to edit settings won’t be visible. For more information on granting access to Kibana see Granting access to Kibana.

Example of Advanced Settings Management’s read only access indicator in Kibana’s header

Kibana settings referenceedit

Modifying a setting can affect Kibana performance and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose. Setting a property value to a blank field reverts to the default behavior, which might not be compatible with other configuration settings. Deleting a custom setting removes it from Kibana permanently.

General settingsedit

csv:quoteValues

Set this property to true to quote exported values.

csv:separator

A string that serves as the separator for exported values.

dateFormat

The format to use for displaying pretty formatted dates.

dateFormat:dow

The day that a week should start on.

dateFormat:scaled

The values that define the format to use to render ordered time-based data. Formatted timestamps must adapt to the interval between measurements. Keys are ISO8601 intervals.

dateFormat:tz

The timezone that Kibana uses. The default value of Browser uses the timezone detected by the browser.

dateNanosFormat

The format to use for displaying pretty formatted dates of Elasticsearch date_nanos type.

defaultIndex

The index to access if no index is set. The default is null.

defaultRoute

The default route when opening Kibana. Use this setting to route users to a specific dashboard, application, or saved object as they enter each space.

fields:popularLimit

The top N most popular fields to show.

filterEditor:suggestValues

Set this property to false to prevent the filter editor from suggesting values for fields.

filters:pinnedByDefault

Set this property to true to make filters have a global state (be pinned) by default.

format:bytes:defaultPattern

The default numeral format for the "bytes" format.

format:currency:defaultPattern

The default numeral format for the "currency" format.

format:defaultTypeMap

A map of the default format name for each field type. Field types that are not explicitly mentioned use "_default_".

format:number:defaultLocale

The numeral language locale.

format:number:defaultPattern

The default numeral format for the "number" format.

format:percent:defaultPattern

The default numeral format for the "percent" format.

histogram:barTarget

When date histograms use the auto interval, Kibana attempts to generate this number of bars.

histogram:maxBars

Date histograms are not generated with more bars than the value of this property, scaling values when necessary.

history:limit

In fields that have history, such as query inputs, show this many recent values.

indexPattern:fieldMapping:lookBack

For index patterns containing timestamps in their names, look for this many recent matching patterns from which to query the field mapping.

indexPattern:placeholder

The default placeholder value to use in Management > Index Patterns > Create Index Pattern.

metaFields

Fields that exist outside of _source. Kibana merges these fields into the document when displaying it.

metrics:max_buckets

The maximum numbers of buckets that a single data source can return. This might arise when the user selects a short interval (for example, 1s) for a long time period (1 year).

query:allowLeadingWildcards

Allows a wildcard (*) as the first character in a query clause. Only applies when experimental query features are enabled in the query bar. To disallow leading wildcards in Lucene queries, use query:queryString:options.

query:queryString:options

Options for the Lucene query string parser. Only used when "Query language" is set to Lucene.

savedObjects:listingLimit

The number of objects to fetch for lists of saved objects. The default value is 1000. Do not set above 10000.

savedObjects:perPage

The number of objects to show on each page of the list of saved objects. The default is 5.

search:queryLanguage

The query language to use in the query bar. Choices are KQL, a language built specifically for Kibana, and the Lucene query syntax.

shortDots:enable

Set this property to true to shorten long field names in visualizations. For example, show f.b.baz instead of foo.bar.baz.

sort:options

Options for the Elasticsearch sort parameter.

state:storeInSessionStorage

[experimental] Kibana tracks UI state in the URL, which can lead to problems when there is a lot of state information, and the URL gets very long. Enabling this setting stores part of the URL in your browser session to keep the URL short.

theme:darkMode

Set to true to enable a dark mode for the Kibana UI. You must refresh the page to apply the setting.

timepicker:quickRanges

The list of ranges to show in the Quick section of the time filter. This should be an array of objects, with each object containing from, to (see accepted formats), and display (the title to be displayed).

timepicker:refreshIntervalDefaults

The default refresh interval for the time filter. Example: { "display": "15 seconds", "pause": true, "value": 15000 }.

timepicker:timeDefaults

The default selection in the time filter.

truncate:maxHeight

The maximum height that a cell occupies in a table. Set to 0 to disable truncation.

xPack:defaultAdminEmail

Email address for X-Pack admin operations, such as cluster alert notifications from Monitoring.

Accessibility settingsedit

accessibility:disableAnimations

Turns off all unnecessary animations in the Kibana UI. Refresh the page to apply the changes.

Dashboard settingsedit

xpackDashboardMode:roles

The roles that belong to dashboard only mode.

Discover settingsedit

context:defaultSize

The number of surrounding entries to display in the context view. The default value is 5.

context:step

The number by which to increment or decrement the context size. The default value is 5.

context:tieBreakerFields

A comma-separated list of fields to use for breaking a tie between documents that have the same timestamp value. The first field that is present and sortable in the current index pattern is used.

defaultColumns

The columns that appear by default on the Discover page. The default is _source.

discover:aggs:terms:size

The number terms that are visualized when clicking the Visualize button in the field drop down. The default is 20.

discover:sampleSize

The number of rows to show in the Discover table.

discover:sort:defaultOrder

The default sort direction for time-based index patterns.

discover:searchOnPageLoad

Controls whether a search is executed when Discover first loads. This setting does not have an effect when loading a saved search.

doc_table:hideTimeColumn

Hides the "Time" column in Discover and in all saved searches on dashboards.

doc_table:highlight

Highlights results in Discover and saved searches on dashboards. Highlighting slows requests when working on big documents.

Notifications settingsedit

notifications:banner

A custom banner intended for temporary notices to all users. Supports Markdown.

notifications:lifetime:banner

The duration, in milliseconds, for banner notification displays. The default value is 3000000. Set this field to Infinity to disable banner notifications.

notifications:lifetime:error

The duration, in milliseconds, for error notification displays. The default value is 300000. Set this field to Infinity to disable error notifications.

notifications:lifetime:info

The duration, in milliseconds, for information notification displays. The default value is 5000. Set this field to Infinity to disable information notifications.

notifications:lifetime:warning

The duration, in milliseconds, for warning notification displays. The default value is 10000. Set this field to Infinity to disable warning notifications.

Reporting settingsedit

xpackReporting:customPdfLogo

A custom image to use in the footer of the PDF.

Rollup settingsedit

rollups:enableIndexPatterns

Enables the creation of index patterns that capture rollup indices, which in turn enables visualizations based on rollup data. Refresh the page to apply the changes.

Search settingsedit

courier:batchSearches

When disabled, dashboard panels will load individually, and search requests will terminate when users navigate away or update the query. When enabled, dashboard panels will load together when all of the data is loaded, and searches will not terminate.

courier:customRequestPreference

Request preference to use when courier:setRequestPreference is set to "custom".

courier:ignoreFilterIfFieldNotInIndex

Skips filters that apply to fields that don’t exist in the index for a visualization. Useful when dashboards consist of visualizations from multiple index patterns.

courier:maxConcurrentShardRequests

Controls the max_concurrent_shard_requests setting used for _msearch requests sent by Kibana. Set to 0 to disable this config and use the Elasticsearch default.

courier:setRequestPreference

Enables you to set which shards handle your search requests.

  • Session ID: Restricts operations to execute all search requests on the same shards. This has the benefit of reusing shard caches across requests.
  • Custom: Allows you to define your own preference. Use courier:customRequestPreference to customize your preference value.
  • None: Do not set a preference. This might provide better performance because requests can be spread across all shard copies. However, results might be inconsistent because different shards might be in different refresh states.

search:includeFrozen

Includes frozen indices in results. Searching through frozen indices might increase the search time. This setting is off by default. Users must opt-in to include frozen indices.

SIEM settingsedit

siem:defaultAnomalyScore

The threshold above which Machine Learning job anomalies are displayed in the SIEM app.

siem:defaultIndex

A comma-delimited list of Elasticsearch indices from which the SIEM app collects events.

siem:refreshIntervalDefaults

The default refresh interval for the SIEM time filter, in milliseconds.

siem:timeDefaults

The default period of time in the SIEM time filter.

Timelion settingsedit

timelion:default_columns

The default number of columns to use on a Timelion sheet.

timelion:default_rows

The default number of rows to use on a Timelion sheet.

timelion:es.default_index

The default index when using the .es() query.

timelion:es.timefield

The default field containing a timestamp when using the .es() query.

timelion:graphite.url

[experimental] Used with graphite queries, this is the URL of your graphite host in the form https://www.hostedgraphite.com/UID/ACCESS_KEY/graphite. This URL can be selected from a whitelist configured in the kibana.yml under timelion.graphiteUrls.

timelion:max_buckets

The maximum number of buckets a single data source can return. This value is used for calculating automatic intervals in visualizations.

timelion:min_interval

The smallest interval to calculate when using "auto".

timelion:quandl.key

[experimental] Used with quandl queries, this is your API key from www.quandl.com.

timelion:showTutorial

Shows the Timelion tutorial to users when they first open the Timelion app.

timelion:target_buckets

Used for calculating automatic intervals in visualizations, this is the number of buckets to try to represent.

Visualization settingsedit

visualization:colorMapping

Maps values to specified colors in visualizations.

visualization:dimmingOpacity

The opacity of the chart items that are dimmed when highlighting another element of the chart. The lower this number, the more the highlighted element stands out. This must be a number between 0 and 1.

visualization:loadingDelay

The time to wait before dimming visualizations during a query.

visualization:regionmap:showWarnings

Shows a warning in a region map when terms cannot be joined to a shape.

visualization:tileMap:WMSdefaults

The default properties for the WMS map server support in the coordinate map.

visualization:tileMap:maxPrecision

The maximum geoHash precision displayed on tile maps: 7 is high, 10 is very high, and 12 is the maximum. See this explanation of cell dimensions.

visualize:enableLabs

Enables users to create, view, and edit experimental visualizations. If disabled, only visualizations that are considered production-ready are available to the user.

Usage data settingsedit

Helps improve the Elastic Stack by providing usage statistics for basic features. This data will not be shared outside of Elastic.