Kibana is your window into the Elastic Stack. Specifically, it's a browser-based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch.
If you just want to try Kibana out, check out the Elastic Stack Getting Started Page to give it a whirl.
If you're interested in diving a bit deeper and getting a taste of Kibana's capabilities, head over to the Kibana Getting Started Page.
If you want to use a Kibana release in production, give it a test run, or just play around:
You might want to build Kibana locally to contribute some code, test out the latest features, or try out an open PR:
Visit Elastic.co for the full Kibana documentation.
For information about building the documentation, see the README in elastic/docs.
Ideally, you should be running Elasticsearch and Kibana with matching version numbers. If your Elasticsearch has an older version number or a newer major number than Kibana, then Kibana will fail to run. If Elasticsearch has a newer minor or patch number than Kibana, then the Kibana Server will log a warning.
Note: The version numbers below are only examples, meant to illustrate the relationships between different types of version numbers.
|Situation||Example Kibana version||Example ES version||Outcome|
|Versions are the same.||5.1.2||5.1.2||💚 OK|
|ES patch number is newer.||5.1.2||5.1.5||⚠️ Logged warning|
|ES minor number is newer.||5.1.2||5.5.0||⚠️ Logged warning|
|ES major number is newer.||5.1.2||6.0.0||🚫 Fatal error|
|ES patch number is older.||5.1.2||5.1.0||⚠️ Logged warning|
|ES minor number is older.||5.1.2||5.0.0||🚫 Fatal error|
|ES major number is older.||5.1.2||4.0.0||🚫 Fatal error|