Monitoring is automatically enabled when you install X-Pack into Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. By default, the monitoring agents on Elasticsearch index data within the same cluster.
If you send data to a separate monitoring cluster, the information is accessible even if the Elasticsearch cluster you’re monitoring is not. You can send data from multiple clusters to the same monitoring cluster and view them all through the same instance of Kibana.
To view and analyze the health and performance of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana:
- Open Kibana in your web browser and log in. If you are running Kibana
locally, go to
http://localhost:5601/. To access Kibana and view the monitoring dashboards, you must log in as a user who has the
- Click Monitoring in the side navigation:
To view the key metrics that indicate the overall health of an Elasticsearch cluster, click Overview in the Elasticsearch section. Anything that needs your attention is highlighted in yellow or red.
Did you know that you can also set up watches to alert you when the status of your cluster changes? To learn how, see Watch Your Cluster Health.
The panel at the top shows the current cluster statistics, the charts show the search and indexing performance over time, and the table at the bottom shows information about any shards that are being recovered.
Not sure what a chart is showing? Click the info button for a description of the metrics.
From there, you can dive into detailed metrics for particular nodes and indices.
To view index metrics, click Indices. The Indices section shows the same overall index and search metrics as the Overview and a table of your indices.
From the Indices listing, you can view data for a particular index. To drill down into the data for a particular index, click its name in the Indices table.
To view advanced index metrics, click the Advanced tab for an index. The Advanced tab shows additional metrics, such as memory statistics reported about the Elasticsearch index. If the index has more than one shard, then its shards may live on more than one node.
The Advanced index view can be used to diagnose issues that generally involve more advanced knowledge of Elasticsearch, such as wasteful index memory usage.
To view node metrics, click Nodes. The Nodes section shows the status of each node in your cluster.
Click the name of a node to view its node statistics over time. These represent high-level statistics collected from Elasticsearch that provide a good overview of health.
To view advanced node metrics, click the Advanced tab for a node. The Advanced tab shows additional metrics, such as memory and garbage collection statistics reported by the selected Elasticsearch node.
The Advanced node view can be used to diagnose issues that generally involve more advanced knowledge of Elasticsearch, such as poor garbage collection performance.
To view the key metrics that indicate the overall health of Kibana itself, click Overview in the Kibana section.
To view Kibana instance metrics, click Instances. The Instances section shows the status of each Kibana instance.
Click the name of an instance to view its instance statistics over time.
If you are Monitoring Logstash nodes, click Overview in the Logstash section to view the overall health of those nodes.
To view Logstash node metrics, click Nodes. The Nodes section shows the status of each Logstash node.
Click the name of a node to view its statistics over time.