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This is the PHP version of Kibana. Development has shifted to the Ruby version. It has all the same great features, but its even easier to setup, use and hack on. Find it here:

To clone the kibana-ruby branch use:
git clone --branch=kibana-ruby

IMPORTANT: The master branch will soon be replaced with the kibana-ruby branch


A brower based log analysis tool for Logstash and ElasticSearch
Copyright 2011 Rashid Khan


This assumes you already have a functioning logstash/elasticsearch infrastructure, perhaps with some filters to define fields. Config of logstash and/or elasticsearch is outside of the scope of this file

logstash >= 1.1.0
elasticsearch >= 0.18.0
php >= 5.2

Other than that, it works just like any other PHP application. Untar and go at it.

Edit config.php to set your elasticsearch server.


Q: Why is there no last button?
A: ElasticSearch isn't so hot at going to the last result of a many million result query.

Q: Why is this in PHP instead of Java, Ruby, etc?
A: Because PHP is what I know. Its mostly javascript anyway. If you want it in something else, it shouldn't be too hard to port it to your language of choice.

Q: Why do I have to set a limit on events to analyze
A: Big result sets take a long time to retrieve from elasticsearch and parse out

Q: Well then why don't you use the Elastic Search terms facet?
A: I've found the terms facet to cause out of memory crashes with large result sets. I don't know a way to limit the amount of memory a facet may use. Until there's a way to run a facet and know for sure it won't crash Elastic Search, I'm going to keep analysis features implemented in PHP. I'm open to other suggestions though. I suggest you be careful with the Statistics mode, its more stable than terms, but can still bite you.

Q: Why do come results not show up when I search for a string I know is in the elasticsearch indexes?
A: If you are searching analyzed fields, which is the default in ES for string fields, remember that they are broken down into terms. For instance, a search for "test" will match records containing, since @ is a term boundary and is broken down into "test" and "". However, this will NOT match records containing because "" is the full term and you are searching for an exact match. You would need to use test* to match both of these records. Note you may also want to configure the ES analyze behavior for certain fields if this is not the desired behavior. Helpful References:

Q: Is there any way to prevent queries which perform full index scans of my elasticsearch cluster?
A: Yes. Set the 'disable_fullscan' to 'true' and search terms beginning with an elasticsearch wildcard (* or ?) will be stripped of the wildcard.

Q: Where can I get some help with this?
A: Find me on Freenode - rashidkpc in #logstash

Q: How do I build an RPM for Kibana?
A: On a RHEL 5/6-compatible system:

  • grab a Kibana tgz from
  • rename the file to kibana-.tar.gz where is in the form major.minor.patch (e.g. rashidkpc-Kibana-v0.1.5-0-g9753518.tar.gz becomes kibana-0.1.5.tar.gz)
  • generate the RPM with: rpmbuild -tb kibana-.tar.gz
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