Gives shape to your data:
It is an analytics and visualization platform designed to work with elasticsearch, it comes with web based interface which makes easy to analyze data in the from of Tables, Charts and Maps.
Democratization of log data:
Democratize log data so that different type of users e.g. marketing or sales team can visualize or utilize the data as per their requirements and formats.
Expertise are required as non-expert do not know where the log data is, how to understand the log data, and they do not have access to read to logs. as the size of log data increases it becomes more and more complex format. Even a non expert users can also analyze data easily with kibana.
Enable searching in faster way:
this democratization must me fast and retrieve results using powerful analytics tools to summarize data in many formats and dimensions,it enable searching in faster and meaningful way.
Download Kibana from the following link.
root@user:~# wget https://download.elastic.co/kibana/kibana/kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64.tar.gz
Unzip the kibana package:
root@user:~# gunzip kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64.tar.gz
Extract kibana.x.x.x.tar package:
root@user:~# tar -xvf kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64.tar
search for host: “0.0.0.0″ and replace with host: “localhost”
Kibana is served by a back end server. This controls which port to use. port: 5601 # The host to bind the server to. host: "localhost" # The Elasticsearch instance to use for all your queries. elasticsearch_url: "http://localhost:9200" #elasticsearch_url: "http://192.168.1.50:80" # preserve_elasticsearch_host true will send the hostname specified in `elasticsearch`. If you set it to false, # then the host you use to connect to *this* Kibana instance will be sent. elasticsearch_preserve_host: true # Kibana uses an index in Elasticsearch to store saved searches, visualizations # and dashboards. It will create a new index if it doesn't already exist. kibana_index: ".kibana" # If your Elasticsearch is protected with basic auth, this is the user credentials @
Create a directory with name “kibana” in /opt:
Copy each and everything from kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64 folder to /opt/kibana:
root@user:~ cp -Rrvf kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64/* /opt/kibana/
Download init.d script for kibana service.
root@user:~# cd /etc/init.d/
root@user:/etc/init.d# wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/thisismitch/8b15ac909aed214ad04a/raw/bce61d85643c2dcdfbc2728c55a41dab444dca20/kibana4
Change permissions accordingly and run kibana service:
root@user:/etc/init.d# chmod +x /etc/init.d/kibana4
root@user:/etc/init.d# update-rc.d kibana4 defaults 96 9
root@user:/etc/init.d# /etc/init.d/kibana4 restart
Check whether Kibana is working or not.
Open your web browser and navigate to: http://127.0.0.1:5601
Installation of Kibana is completed. We will continue with logstash in next article, till then have fun!!