Use the Uptime appedit

This functionality is in beta and is subject to change. The design and code is less mature than official GA features and is being provided as-is with no warranties. Beta features are not subject to the support SLA of official GA features.

You can create lightweight monitors directly in the Uptime app UI in Kibana.

Diagram showing which pieces of software are used to configure monitors

This is one of three approaches you can use to set up a lightweight monitor.


To try this beta functionality, first you need to enable Monitor Management in Kibana:

  1. Go to ObservabilityUptime.
  2. Click Monitor Management.
  3. Review the terms and conditions and click Enable to start using Monitor Management.

To enable Monitor Management, you must be logged into Kibana as a user with the following privileges:

  • Cluster privileges: monitor, read_ilm, read_pipeline, and at least one of manage_own_api_key, manage_security, or manage_api_key
  • Indices privileges for synthetics-*: view_index_metadata, create_doc, auto_configure

You should also decide where you want to run the monitors before getting started:

  • Elastic’s global managed testing infrastructure: With Elastic’s global managed testing infrastructure, you can create and run monitors in multiple locations without having to manage your own infrastructure. Elastic takes care of software updates and capacity planning for you.
  • Private locations: Private locations allow you to run monitors from your own premises. To use private locations will must create a private location before continuing. For step-by-step instructions, refer to Add a private location.
Add monitorsedit

To use the Uptime app’s Monitor Management UI to add a lightweight monitor:

  1. Go to the Monitor Management page.
  2. Click Add monitor.
  3. In Monitor locations, select one or more locations.
  4. Choose a Monitor type and configure the monitor as needed.
  5. Click Save monitor.
Add monitor UI in Kibana in the Uptime App’s Monitor Management

If you’ve added a private location, you’ll see your new private location in the list of Monitor locations. The new private location will have the Location name you provided and a "Private" badge next to its name.

Screenshot of Monitor locations options including a private location
View in Kibanaedit

Navigate to the Uptime app in Kibana, where you can see screenshots of each run, set up alerts in case of test failures, and more.

If a test does fail (shown as down in the Uptime app), you’ll be able to view the step script that failed, any errors, and a stack trace. See Visualize for more information.