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Setting up Elasticsearch Cluster on Kubernetes - Part 2 - Kibana

February 13, 2018 - 2 min read

This is a continuation of the previous blog post.

Setup Kibana

Let’s try to setup kibana pointing to our elasticsearch single node cluster.

kubectl run kibana --env="ELASTICSEARCH_URL=http://elasticsearch:9200" --env="XPACK_SECURITY_ENABLED=true" --port=5601

⚠️ Notice that we have set the ELASTICSEARCH_URL to http://elasticsearch which is the name of our kubernetes pod. And the environment variable XPACK_SECURITY_ENABLED is set to true. When I tried to run without security enabled, kibana was stuck on Optimizing and caching bundles for graph, monitoring, ml, apm, kibana, stateSessionStorageRedirect, timelion, dashboardViewer and statuspage. 🤦🏽‍♂️. You can find more configuration options from their website.

You can see both elasticsearch deployment and kibana with the following command:

kubectl get deployments


elasticsearch   1         1         1            1           22m
kibana          1         1         1            0           2m

Pro tip You can keep watching the progress of your pod creation using the command:

kubectl get pods -w -l run=kibana

If the creation of the pod takes too long, might be to do with the network connection. For me, I had to wait 52 minutes for the image to be pulled down.

kubectl describe pod kibana-556b7764c7-lb4mm
  Type    Reason                 Age   From               Message
  ----    ------                 ----  ----               -------
  Normal  Scheduled              52m   default-scheduler  Successfully assigned kibana-556b7764c7-lb4mm to minikube
  Normal  SuccessfulMountVolume  52m   kubelet, minikube  MountVolume.SetUp succeeded for volume "default-token-dlb49"
  Normal  Pulling                52m   kubelet, minikube  pulling image ""
  Normal  Pulled                 2m    kubelet, minikube  Successfully pulled image ""
  Normal  Created                2m    kubelet, minikube  Created container
  Normal  Started                2m    kubelet, minikube  Started container

Let’s expose the kibana deployment as a service:

kubectl expose deployment kibana --type=LoadBalancer

Open kibana using minikube service kibana.

Screenshot of kibana dashboard

Harish H. Babu

Written by Harish H. Babu who lives and works in Cardiff engineering software things. You should follow him on Twitter