Installing Kibana on Windows

Bo Andersen
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Learn how to install Kibana on Windows.

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English Now that Elasticsearch is running, let's turn our attention to Kibana for a moment. In this lecture, I am going to show you how to install Kibana on Windows. The steps for installing Kibana are very similar to what you saw when we installed Elasticsearch; we just need to download an archive, extract it, and run a batch script. That's it. So, let's get started! I have the download page for Kibana opened up. To save you from some clicking around, I have attached the link to this lecture. Simply click on the download link that matches your operating system, being Windows in this case. This will download a zip file. I have extracted the zip file in advance and moved its contents to the desktop, just to save a bit of time. We'll need the Command Prompt to start up Kibana, so I have it opened up at the desktop. First, let's navigate to the extracted directory. Starting up Kibana, is just as easy as starting up Elasticsearch. All we need to do, is to run a batch script named "kibana.bat" located within the "bin" directory. Note that Elasticsearch must be running for Kibana to start up correctly. Kibana is now starting up, and should be ready within a moment or two. We don't see any errors within the output, so everything should work correctly. To test it, let's open up a browser and have a look. I opened up Firefox, because at the time of this recording, Kibana does not work in the Edge browser. That's due to a bug in the browser. It does seem like this will be fixed in an upcoming release of Kibana, because it will stop using the browser feature that is bugged. So if Kibana does load for you in Edge, then you are good to go. If it doesn't, then you will need to use a different browser, such as Firefox or Chrome. Since we haven't done any configuration of Kibana, it will be available on localhost at port 5601 by default, so let's navigate to that address. And indeed we see Kibana being loaded correctly, so everything is working. Remember that Kibana is simply a web interface. It does ship with a backend server, which is the one that communicates with Elasticsearch. Everything worked for us because we used all default values. Since the default behavior for Elasticsearch is to run on localhost at port 9200, this is also what Kibana looks for, unless configured otherwise. If you have changed any configuration for whatever reason, you can specify the address of Elasticsearch at the top of the "kibana.yml" file, located within the "config" directory. And that's all it takes to install Kibana.