How to perform authentication in kibana?

Hi team ,

Can X-pack authenticate kibana for multiple users ?

As i am new to Kibana, so need assistance to make authentication possible in kibana.

Yes it can.

What do you need assistance with? Have you read

Thanks for the reply

While going through the link ,i figured out that i need to have LDAP, Active Directory, or PKI .
but dont't have any idea that how to make them work.

please help me with that.

If you don't have any of those then use the native realm, it'll be easiest.

@warkolm Can you help me with how to make it work with native relam.

Have gone through link but i'm not clear about how to make it work.

Did you read over

Yes, gone through the document.

but after i installed X-PACK, i'm not able to see namespace in elasticsearch.yml.

You need to add it :slight_smile:

@warkolm Thanks for the reply

I have added inelasticsearch.yml.

But for Adding User i'm getting error

i'm using command

        curl -XPOST 'localhost:9200/_xpack/security/user/jacknich?pretty' -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d'
          "password" : "abcd@2017", 
          "roles" : [ "admin", "other_role1" ], 
          "full_name" : "Abhishek Mohanty", 
          "email" : "", 
          "metadata" : { 
            "intelligence" : 7
          "enabled": true 

and i'm getting error

  "error" : {
    "root_cause" : [
        "type" : "security_exception",
        "reason" : "missing authentication token for REST request [/_xpack/security/user/jacknich?pretty]",
        "header" : {
          "WWW-Authenticate" : "Basic realm=\"security\" charset=\"UTF-8\""
    "type" : "security_exception",
    "reason" : "missing authentication token for REST request [/_xpack/security/user/jacknich?pretty]",
    "header" : {
      "WWW-Authenticate" : "Basic realm=\"security\" charset=\"UTF-8\""
  "status" : 401

Did you pass in the default username and password, assuming you are on 5.X?


How should i pass it ?

and i have used default namespace

          type: native
          order: 0

is this correct ?

You need to pass it into the curl command.

@warkolm which curl command i need to use ? can you please share me the link that could be useful.

can you give a example for how to define a sample realm in elasticsearch.yml

I'm getting authentication exception error for every curl command..
How should i resolve the issue?

If you are getting errors please post the entire command you are calling as well as the entire output.

Hi warkolm, thanks for the reply

Getting the same error for another command

curl 'localhost:9200/_cat/indices?v'

Right, so you need to pass in -u username:password to curl, where you replace user and password with valid users.

I'm having a doubt, that i need to install X-Pack on elasticsearch and kibana both or installing X-Pack on only elasticsearch will do..?

It needs to be installed on all parts of the stack.

Thanks for the answer

But i have elasticsearch, kibana and logstash all three installed on the same server .

In that case also i need to installed X-Pack on all the stack.