I would like to visualize data coming from an Api of an external web service reachable via http call. I wonder if it is possible to populate kibana with this data? Do I have to setup an elasticsearch index first for something like this?
The short answer is yes, Kibana will function best if the data is in elasticsearch. https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/logstash/current/plugins-inputs-http.html might be worth looking into if logstash is part of your setup.
Timelion has limited support for external data sources, but you'll likely have to write a plugin.
Thank you for the reply. What kind of plugin would I have to write? Can you point me to some kind of documentation for this?
A kibana plugin that registers more data sources with timelion. Here's an example of one: https://github.com/rashidkpc/timelion-random.
We have our plugin docs at https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/kibana/current/plugin-development.html.
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