Fleet-managed APM Serveredit

This guide will explain how to set up and configure a Fleet-managed APM Server.


You need Elasticsearch for storing and searching your data, and Kibana for visualizing and managing it. When setting these components up, you need:

  • Elasticsearch cluster and Kibana (version 8.13) with a basic license or higher. Learn how to install the Elastic Stack on your own hardware.
  • Secure, encrypted connection between Kibana and Elasticsearch. For more information, see Start the Elastic Stack with security enabled.
  • Internet connection for Kibana to download integration packages from the Elastic Package Registry. Make sure the Kibana server can connect to https://epr.elastic.co on port 443. If your environment has network traffic restrictions, there are ways to work around this requirement. See Air-gapped environments for more information.
  • Kibana user with All privileges on Fleet and Integrations. Since many Integrations assets are shared across spaces, users need the Kibana privileges in all spaces.
  • In the Elasticsearch configuration, the built-in API key service must be enabled. (xpack.security.authc.api_key.enabled: true)
  • In the Kibana configuration, the saved objects encryption key must be set. Fleet requires this setting in order to save API keys and encrypt them in Kibana. You can either set xpack.encryptedSavedObjects.encryptionKey to an alphanumeric value of at least 32 characters, or run the kibana-encryption-keys command to generate the key.

Example security settings

For testing purposes, you can use the following settings to get started quickly, but make sure you properly secure the Elastic Stack before sending real data.

elasticsearch.yml example:

xpack.security.enabled: true
xpack.security.authc.api_key.enabled: true

kibana.yml example:

elasticsearch.username: "kibana_system" 
xpack.encryptedSavedObjects.encryptionKey: "something_at_least_32_characters"

The password should be stored in the Kibana keystore as described in the Elasticsearch security documentation.