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Kibana Plugin Yeoman Generator

Apache License Package Deprecated

DEPRECATION NOTICE: This package is being deprecated in favor of template-kibana-plugin

This project is a Yeoman generator for bootstrapping a Kibana Plugin. It creates a basic hello world Kibana plugin with all the elements in place so you can easily get started with creating your first Kibana plugin.


Generator Version Min Kibana Version Max Kibana Version
^7.0.0 5.5.0 master
^6.2.0 5.0.0 5.4.x

Getting Started

  1. Setup your Kibana development enviroment

  2. Create a directory for your plugin that is right next to your Kibana directory.

  • The Kibana directory must be named kibana

  • kibana and your plugin directory must be siblings

    ls ~/wherever/you/store/your/code
      kibana # <- where you store the Kibana development environment
      my-new-plugin # <- your plugin directory
  1. Double check that your Node.js version matches Kibana's .node-version file
node --version

HINT: If you install nvm and avn then you can create your own .node-version file and avn will switch to it automatically!

  1. Install Yeoman and the Kibana plugin generator
npm install -g yo generator-kibana-plugin
  1. Run the generator inside your plugin directory
cd my-new-plugin
yo kibana-plugin
  1. Get the URL for your Elasticsearch installation (most commonly http://localhost:9200)

  2. Start Kibana in development mode with your new plugin included

npm start -- --elasticsearch.url 'http://localhost:9200'

# passing the elasticsearch.url here is to demonstrate how arguments can
# be passed to kibana with `npm start` but is not actually necessary if
# you are running elasticsearch locally
  1. Visit http://localhost:5601


Run the generator with the --help flag for up-to-date option docs.

yo kibana-plugin --help

Development Tasks

  • npm start

    Start kibana and have it include this plugin

  • npm start -- --config kibana.yml

    You can pass any argument that you would normally send to bin/kibana by putting them after -- when running npm start

  • npm run build

    Build a distributable archive

  • npm run test:browser

    Run the browser tests in a real web browser

  • npm run test:server

    Run the server tests using mocha

For more information about any of these commands run npm run ${task} -- --help.