All Questions & AnswersCategory: QuestionWhere is the kibana error log? Is there a kibana error log?
prabakar reddy asked 2 years ago

 how do I debug kibana? Is there an error log?

  • PROBLEM 1: kibana 4 won’t stay up
  • PROBLEM 2: I don’t know where/if kibana 4 is logging errors

DETAILS: Here’s me starting kibana, making a request to the port, getting nothing, and checking the service again. The service doesn’t stay up, but I’m not sure why.

vagrant@default-ubuntu-1204:/opt/kibana/current/config$ sudo service kibana start
kibana start/running, process 11774

vagrant@default-ubuntu-1204:/opt/kibana/current/config$ curl -XGET 'http://localhost:5601'
curl: (7) couldn't connect to host

vagrant@default-ubuntu-1204:/opt/kibana/current/config$ sudo service kibana status
kibana stop/waiting

Here's the nginx log, reporting when I curl -XGET from port 80, which is forwarding to port 5601:
2015/06/15 17:32:17 [error] 9082#0: *11 connect() failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, client:, server: kibana, request: "GET / HTTP/1.1", upstream: "", host: "localhost"

1 Answers
Steve Skok answered 1 year ago

In kibana 4.0.2 there is no –log-file option. If I start kibana as a service with systemctl start kibana I find log in /var/log/messages

Usage: kibana [options]

Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch.


    -h, --help                 output usage information
    -V, --version              output the version number
    -e, --elasticsearch <uri>  Elasticsearch instance
    -c, --config <path>        Path to the config file
    -p, --port <port>          The port to bind to
    -q, --quiet                Turns off logging
    -H, --host <host>          The host to bind to
    -l, --log-file <path>      The file to log to
    --plugins <path>           Path to scan for plugins

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