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Kibana demo screenshot.jpg
Developer(s)Elastic NV
Stable release
7.14.0 / 3 August 2021; 12 months ago (2021-08-03)[1]
Written inTypeScript, JavaScript
Operating systemCross-platform
LicenseProprietary software (Elastic License 2.0[2]) Edit this on Wikidata

Kibana is a source-available[3] data visualization dashboard software for Elasticsearch, whose free and open source successor in OpenSearch is OpenSearch Dashboards.


It provides visualization capabilities on top of the content indexed on an Elasticsearch cluster. Users can create bar, line and scatter plots, or pie charts and maps on top of large volumes of data.[4]

Kibana also provides a presentation tool, referred to as Canvas, that allows users to create slide decks that pull live data directly from Elasticsearch.[5]

The combination of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana, referred to as the "Elastic Stack" (formerly the "ELK stack"), is available as a product or service.[6] Logstash provides an input stream to Elasticsearch for storage and search, and Kibana accesses the data for visualizations such as dashboards.[7] Elastic also provides "Beats" packages which can be configured to provide pre-made Kibana visualizations and dashboards about various database and application technologies.[8]

In December 2019, Elastic introduced Kibana Lens product.[9][10]

In May 2021, OpenSearch released the first beta of OpenSearch Dashboards, the Apache-licensed fork of Kibana sponsored by Amazon Web Services after Elastic discontinued the open source project and switched to proprietary software development.[11]


  1. ^ "Releases - elastic/kibana". Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  2. ^ "kibana/LICENSE.txt at master". Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  3. ^ FAQ. "FAQ on 2021 License Change". Retrieved 2022-05-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Five reasons to upgrade to Kibana 4". Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  5. ^ Groves, Ethan (2018-10-11). "Getting Started with Canvas in Kibana". Retrieved 15 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Kepes, Ben (2015-07-01). "Elastic Rolls Out Elasticsearch-As-A-Service". Forbes. Retrieved 22 December 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Gupta, Yuvraj (30 October 2015). Kibana Essentials. ISBN 978-1-784-39493-6.
  8. ^ "Getting started with Beats". Retrieved 20 December 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Kibana Lens - wikieduonline".
  10. ^ Nadler, Alona (December 2, 2019). "Introducing Kibana Lens: An easy, intuitive way to explore data". Elastic Blog.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Meadows, Carl (April 12, 2021). "Introducing OpenSearch". Amazon Web Services. Retrieved 2021-04-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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