I am giving my developers the gift of kibana using the elasticsearch that is bundled with logstash. They will have kibana in their vagrant boxes.

Goal: Install and configure kibana dashboards via scripts on startup.

Problem: How to pre-load exported dashboards into elasticsearch embedded in logstash?

I have downloaded the dashboards, let's call the file: "fancy.json". Once logstash is up and running how can I automate loading fancy.json into elasticsearch?

  • What do you mean by kibana using the elasticsearch embedded in logstash? Kibana, Logstash and Elastic are all very different products and as far as I know don't come "bundled".
    – GregL
    Sep 30, 2015 at 11:06
  • Elasticsearch is bundled into logstash. I like to give context with my questions. The issue is how to pre-load the previously exported dashboards at provision time. Sep 30, 2015 at 11:47
  • Again, I don't think the two products come bundled together. There's an ES output for LS, is that what you mean?
    – GregL
    Sep 30, 2015 at 12:18
  • Really, it has always been bundled. elastic.co/guide/en/logstash/current/… Sep 30, 2015 at 13:19
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    Elastic has posted just that for importing the Beats dashboards: github.com/elastic/beats-dashboards, in particular the load.sh script.
    – GregL
    Sep 30, 2015 at 15:05

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I never figured this out.

Instead I now copy the exported dashboard into /opt/kibana/app/dashboards/company.json and set the default dashboard in /opt/kibana/config.js to point to it.

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