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Creating a visualization

Creating a new visualization, sometimes requires a learning curve but it always pays off. The challenge here is that each visualization type is different. Each has different configuration options and each involves different building steps. Still, there are some basic common steps that can be described.

In the example below, we will visualize the Browsers Breakdown from Apache server metrics extracted from our test environment in pie chart.

To create a new Logstail hosted Kibana visualization, select Visualize in the menu on the left, click the + Create new visualization icon

and then select the visualization you want to create. In this example, we will create a pie chart to compare parts with logstail-apache as our data source

Depending on the different type of visualizations, we are presented with different configuration panes. The basic charts have three different panels: Data, Metrics & Axes and Panel Settings, while the other types only have Data and Options, like this example. The Data panel contains the most important configuration settings, like Metrics and Buckets. Metrics are aggregations that compute metrics based on values extracted from the data that is being aggregated.

The Options Pane gives us the ability to configure the settings of the appearance of your visualizations. In our example, we can adjust the legend position of the pie or we can show the labels. Each visualization can be configured in different means to give the meaningful result we want to get.

The result in our example is the following

By adjusting the Aggregation from Unique Count to Sum, the result is the following

Save the visualizations

When we have configured appropriately the visualization, it needs to be saved, otherwise it will get lost.

In the Kibana toolbar, we have to click Save.

Enter the visualization Title then Confirm Save the visualization.

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