With Kibana you can create intuitive charts and dashboards. Since Aug 2016 you can export your dashboards in a PDF format thanks to Reporting. With Elastic version 5 Reporting has been integrated in X-Pack for the Gold and Platinum subscriptions.
Recently I tried Skedler, an easy to use report scheduling and distribution application for Kibana that allows you to centrally schedule and distribute Kibana Dashboards and Saved Searches as hourly/daily/weekly/monthly PDF, XLS or PNG reports to various stakeholders.
Skedler is a standalone app that allows you to utilize a new dashboard where you can manage Kibana reporting tasks (schedule, dashboards and saved search). Right now there are four different price plans (from free to premium edition).
Here you can find some useful resources about Skedler:
In this post I am going to show you how to install Skedler (on Ubuntu) and how export/schedule a Kibana dashboard.
First, download the installer from the official website and untar the archive.
tar -xvzf skedler.tar.gz
Edit the install.sh file and set the value of the JAVA_HOME variable (check your current variable using echo $JAVA_HOME):
sudo chmod u+x install.sh
Once Skedler is installed, edit the config/reporting.yml file. You have to set the Elastcsearch and Kibana URLs and eventually authentication and proxy details.
You can now run Skedler as a service:
sudo service skedler start
or manually with
Now Skedler is running on the port 3000:
If you want read more about how to install Skedler:
From the Skedler dashboard we can now schedule a report.
The steps to schedule a new report are the following:
Create a new schedule, select the Kibana dashboard or saved query and the output format. In the example I selected a dashboard called “My dashboard” (that I previously create in Kibana) and PDF format.
Select the font-family, page size and company logo.
Define a schedule frequency and a time window for the data.
Once you finished the configuration, you fill find the new schedule in the Skedler dashboard. You can set a list of email addresses to which the report will be sent.
If you want to see how your exported dashboard will look like, you can Preview it. This is how my dashboard look like (note that it is a PDF file).
In this post I demonstrated how to install and configure Skedler and how create a simple schedule for our Kibana dashboard. My overall impression of Skedler is that it is a powerful application to use side-by-side with Kibana that helps you to deliver your contents directly to your stakeholders.
These are main benefits that Skedler offers:
- It’s easy to install
- Linux and Windows support (it runs on Node.js server)
- Reports generated locally (your data are not sent to cloud or Skedler servers)
- Competitive price plans
- Support to Kibana 4 and 5 releases.
- Automatically discovery your existing Kibana Dashboards and Saved Searches (so you can easily use Skedler in any environment, no new stack installation needed)
- It let you centrally schedule and manage who gets which reports and when they get them
- Allows for hourly, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules
- Generates XLS and PNG reports besides PDF as opposed to Elastic Reporting that only supports PDF
I strongly recommend that you try Skedler (there is a free plan and 21-days trial) because it can help you to automatically deliver reports to your stakeholders and it integrates with your ELK environment without any modification to your stack.
Here you can find some more useful resource form the official website: