Install Kibana from archive on Linux or macOSedit

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

These packages are free to use under the Elastic license. They contain open source and free commercial features and access to paid commercial features. Start a 30-day trial to try out all of the paid commercial features. See the Subscriptions page for information about Elastic license levels.

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

Version 8.0.0 of Kibana has not yet been released.

Download and install the Darwin packageedit

macOS Gatekeeper warnings

Apple’s rollout of stricter notarization requirements affected the notarization of the 8.0.0 Kibana artifacts. If macOS Catalina displays a dialog when you first run Kibana that interrupts it, you will need to take an action to allow it to run.

To prevent Gatekeeper checks on the Kibana files, run the following command on the downloaded .tar.gz archive or the directory to which was extracted:

xattr -d -r <archive-or-directory>

Alternatively, you can add a security override if a Gatekeeper popup appears by following the instructions in the How to open an app that hasn’t been notarized or is from an unidentified developer section of Safely open apps on your Mac.

Version 8.0.0 of Kibana has not yet been released.

Run Kibana from the command lineedit

Kibana can be started from the command line as follows:


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

Configure Kibana via the 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


Kibana home directory or $KIBANA_HOME

Directory created by unpacking the archive


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



Configuration files including kibana.yml



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



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