Kibana is a free and open user interface that lets you visualize your Elasticsearch data and navigate the Elastic Stack. Do anything from tracking query load to understanding the way requests flow through your apps.


Diagnostic Logging

Kibana logs to /opt/so/log/kibana/kibana.log.


We’ve included the old 16.04 dashboards in case you have any old 16.04 data. The new Security Onion 2 dashboards are all named with the Security Onion prefix and they should be used for any new data going forward.


Kibana uses multiple hyperlinked fields to accelerate investigations and decision-making:


When present, clicking the hyperlinked _id field allows an analyst to pivot to full packet capture via our PCAP interface. You can usually find the _id field as the rightmost column in the log panels at the bottom of the dashboards:

You can also find the _id field by drilling into a row in the log panel.

Indicator Dashboard

Several fields are hyperlinked to the Indicator dashboard to allow you to get all the information you can about a particular indicator. Here are just a few:


Search Results

Search results in the dashboards and through Discover are limited to the first 10 results for a particular query. If you don’t feel like this is adequate after narrowing your search, you can adjust the value for discover:sampleSize in Kibana by navigating to Stack Management -> Advanced Settings and changing the value. It may be best to change this value incrementally to see how it affects performance for your deployment.


By default, Kibana will display timestamps in the timezone of your local browser. If you would prefer timestamps in UTC, you can go to Management –> Advanced Settings and set dateFormat:tz to UTC.


Kibana’s configuration can be found in /opt/so/conf/kibana/. However, please keep in mind that most configuration is managed with Salt, so if you manually make any modifications in /opt/so/conf/kibana/, they may be overwritten at the next salt update.

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See also

For more information about Kibana, please see