Kibana support array of JSON object

We have a data that looks like this:

  "data1": "something",
  "students": [{
     "name": "peter",
     "age": 9,
     "school": "school1"
      "name": "kevel",
      "age": 4,
      "school": "school2"

An array of JSON object.

Based on the elasticsearch document, the nested object seems the only option we can use. However, looks like Kibana does not support that well, throwing a warning says "array of object is not well supported". We can't use query like students.age: 9 to get certain records.

Is there any other way to achieve the goal?

hi @DravenJohnson, I think you're running into a limitation of Kibana,, it's a popular feature request.

Hi Thomas,

Thank you for the reply.

So there is no plan to support it? Do we have other option for this kind of data?

We need to be able to search / aggregate the field.


There are plans to support it, but it hasn't been scheduled yet.

If you're just interested in building visualizations, you may be able to use the Vega-visualization ( It allows you to put in a raw ES-query, rather than using the Kibana-UX for formulate your query. So you could query an index directly, working around the current Kibana limitation.

I actually haven't tested this, so YMMV, but it may be worth looking into.

Thanks Thomas

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