Kibana 8 Installation

In this article we will walk you through the installation process of Kibana on both operating systems - Windows and Linux.

Note: The Kibana version we will use is 8.5.3



The zip file can be downloaded directly from Elastic Group site using this link:


  1. Download the zip file
  2. Extract Kibana folders to C:\Program Files\ELK\Kibana (or any other folder)
  3. Generate and create kibana_system user password
    1. Open CMD as administrator
    2. Head to elasticsearch folder (cd “C:\Program Files\ELK\Kibana”)
    3. Run the following command: “.\bin\elasticsearch-reset-password -u kibana_system”
      A password will be generated for the “kibana_system” user, keep it for the next step.
  4. Open the kibana.yml configuration file, in this example it will be located in C:\Program Files\ELK\Kibana\config. Add the following rows:
    elasticsearch.hosts: [“http://localhost:9200”]
    elasticsearch.username: “kibana_system”
    elasticsearch.password: “<Generated Password>”
  5. Your Kibana is good to go!

Install as a service:

Once you finish all installation steps, you can now run Kibana as a service.

  1. There are multiple ways to set a new service manually in windows, in this example we will use nssm.exe (a tool that helps to install services on windows)
    Download nssm.exe from elasticsearch official site using this link:
  2. Download NSSM (the non-sucking service manager)
  3. Extract the nssm.exe to the Kibana bin folder “C:\Program Files\ELK\Kibana\bin
  4. Open PowerShell as administrator and head to the folder using:
    cd “C:\Program Files\ELK\Kibana\bin
  5. Run the following command to start the installation:
    “.\nssm.exe install KibanaServiceName”
  6. A windows will popup to fill all required fields:
    • Path: the path to your kibana.bat file
      In this case C:\Program Files\ELK\Kibana\bin\kibana.bat
    • Startup directory: the path to your your bin folder
      In this case C:\Program Files\ELK\Kibana\bin
    • Dependencies → add your Elasticsearch service name
      In this case elasticsearch-service-x64
      NOTE! You can find elasticsearch exact service name in services
  7. Once you finish filling all required fields press “Install service” and your Kibana will be added as a service.



					curl -O
					curl | shasum -a 512 -c - 
					tar -xzf kibana-8.6.2-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
					cd kibana-8.6.2/


If you following our linux download steps and elasticsearch install

Install as a service:

  1. In order to install Kibana as a service on linux all you need to do is to install elasticsearch as a service.
  2. Once you done our elasticsearch as a service installation your kibana will automatically run on elastic service start (make sure you finished regular installation parts)


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