Can I get the related messages from a Kibana visualization?


(Dimitry Khan) #1

Wondering if there is a way to get list of the messages (or the JSON documents) related to a Kibana visualization. I understand if I apply the same filter on the "Discover", which is on "Visualization", I can filter the related messages. But I was looking to have more direct user experience like an user clicks on a region of a graph and can get the related messages which formed that region. Is there any way to do it?


(Joe Fleming) #2

Not directly, unfortunately. You can click on the visualization to create a filter, and you can pin that filter and take it to discover, which will do what you're asking, but isn't very obvious.

The reason is that visualizations are built using aggregate data, so they don't know what the underlying documents are, they only know the aggregate representation of the information. For example, if you have a bunch of traffic data, and you are looking at bytes over time, the records get bucketed by time and the aggregate of the bytes in that bucket are shown (average, sum, etc.).

In contrast, Discover only works with the raw documents, showing you exactly what you have stored in Elasticsearch. Both documents and aggregations can use filters and queries, which is why you can create a filter in one and use it in the other, but the underlying data is not the same.


(Dimitry Khan) #3

Thank you @Joe_Fleming. Pinning will help.


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