Creating Visualizations

Use Visualize to create and run a variety of charts and graphs for your ChaosSearch indexes.

Review the following sections for more information about displaying, creating, and deleting visualizations.

Display a Visualization

To display a visualization:

  1. In the ChaosSearch console, click Analytics > Visualize. The Visualizations page appears.
  1. In the Visualizations list, click the title of a visualization to run it.


Visualizations Filter

If the list if very long, you can use the search field to reduce the list. Note that the search value is case-sensitive and must match from the beginning of the visualization name. Strings will not be matched in the middle of the visualization name.

A sample visualization follows.


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In the case where a visualization is not displayed, check to make sure your time filter is property configured. By default the time range is set to the last 15 minutes.

See setting the time filter for more information.

Within the visualization, you can click within the chart to take other actions like display more information about a data point, change the default time range, and drill down into a closer look at the data.

Create a Visualization

To create a visualization.

  1. Click Create visualization in the top right area of the Visualizations list. The following window opens.


Chart Types

Kibana offers many charts and graphs for visualizations. Hover over any of the types for more information.

  1. Select a visualization type to create. This example uses the Pie chart type. The New Pie/Choose a source window opens.
  1. Select the index view or saved view that you want to use as the data source.


Source Types

The data for the visualization can come from a defined index view or a saved search.

The visualization page opens to a sample of the basic pie chart and the visualization builder at the right side.


The visualization builder will contain different terms and features depending on the visualization type selected. The examples on this page reflect a pie chart.

  1. In the builder area, under Metrics, click Slice size to define the aggregation options for the data. For a pie chart, typical options include Count, Sum, and Unique Count.
  1. In the Buckets area, click Add Bucket to specify the grouping options. You can specify options such as Split slices to specify the data that should be queried to include in each slice of the pie, or Split charts to show data in separate pie charts. Sample bucket values follow:
  1. When you change the Metrics and Bucket values, click Update to refresh the pie chart. You can then refine your pie chart and its options to get the desired visual effect that you want to show.
  2. When your visualization design is complete, click Save in the top right to add it as a named visualization. The save window appears.
  1. Type a name and optionally a description, then click Save. Your visualization is added to the list on the Visualize page.

Deleting a Visualization

To remove a visualization:

  1. On the Analytics > Visualize page, select one or more visualizations that you want to remove. The page updates to add a delete option.
  1. Verify that you want to remove those visualizations, and click Delete visualization. A confirmation window appears:
  1. Click Delete to remove the selected visualization(s).

Additional Actions

View Detailed Information

Hover over any of the visualization chart components (such as the pie slices used in this example) to see detailed information including field value, term count, as well as overall percentage. In this example we can see that there are 118 instances of S3, making up 17.1% of total occurrences.

Change Chart Colors

You can customize the colors used in chart visualizations. For the sample pie chart, click a term shown in the legend and select any color from the color picker.

Apply Filters

There are two ways to add filters to your visualization.

From the Legend or Chart

Click a part of the chart (such as a pie slice) or a legend for some charts to add that option to the filter. Click x to remove that filter if needed.

From the Add Filter Screen

Click Add filter to add filters to the visualization. Enter the field and operator criteria, and optionally a label, and click Save.

Filter Actions

When a filter is defined, it is displayed beneath the search bar.

Click on the filter for the following available options:

  1. Pin across all apps – Click to "pin" the filter. Pinning a filter keeps the filter across various screens (Visualize, Discover, and so on).
  2. Edit filter – Click to display the Edit Filter window.
  3. Exclude results – Click to switch between a positive and negative filter. For example, if you are filtering for a certain field, this setting reverses the action to show all fields except for the filter.
  4. Temporarily disable – Click to toggle between enabled and disabled. A quick way to see the visualization without the filter without deleting the filter.
  5. Delete – Click to remove the filter.


More information

See the Kibana documentation for more information about configuring visualization types through the Visualize screen.

What’s Next

Navigate to the Dashboard screen

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