Managing Saved Searches, Visualizations, and Dashboards

You can view, edit, and delete saved searches, visualizations, and dashboards from Settings > Objects. You can also export or import sets of searches, visualizations, and dashboards.

Viewing a saved object displays the selected item in the Discover, Visualize, or Dashboard page. To view a saved object:

  1. Go to Settings > Objects.
  2. Select the object you want to view.
  3. Click the View button.

Editing a saved object enables you to directly modify the object definition. You can change the name of the object, add a description, and modify the JSON that defines the object’s properties.

If you attempt to access an object whose index has been deleted, Kibana displays its Edit Object page. You can:

  • Recreate the index so you can continue using the object.
  • Delete the object and recreate it using a different index.
  • Change the index name referenced in the object’s kibanaSavedObjectMeta.searchSourceJSON to point to an existing index pattern. This is useful if the index you were working with has been renamed.
Warning

No validation is performed for object properties. Submitting invalid changes will render the object unusable. Generally, you should use the Discover, Visualize, or Dashboard pages to create new objects instead of directly editing existing ones.

To edit a saved object:

  1. Go to Settings > Objects.
  2. Select the object you want to edit.
  3. Click the Edit button.
  4. Make your changes to the object definition.
  5. Click the Save Object button.

To delete a saved object:

  1. Go to Settings > Objects.
  2. Select the object you want to delete.
  3. Click the Delete button.
  4. Confirm that you really want to delete the object.

To export a set of objects:

  1. Go to Settings > Objects.
  2. Select the type of object you want to export. You can export a set of dashboards, searches, or visualizations.
  3. Click the selection box for the objects you want to export, or click the Select All box.
  4. Click Export to select a location to write the exported JSON.
Warning

Exported dashboards do not include their associated index patterns. Re-create the index patterns manually before importing saved dashboards to a Kibana instance running on another Elasticsearch cluster.

To import a set of objects:

  1. Go to Settings > Objects.
  2. Click Import to navigate to the JSON file representing the set of objects to import.
  3. Click Open after selecting the JSON file.
  4. If any objects in the set would overwrite objects already present in Kibana, confirm the overwrite.