How To Have Login Page For Kibana

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Having a login page for Kibana is essential for ensuring the security of your data and protecting sensitive information. In this article, I will guide you through the process of setting up a login page for Kibana, step by step.

Why do you need a login page?

A login page provides an authentication mechanism that restricts access to your Kibana dashboard to authorized users only. By implementing a login page, you can control who can view and interact with your data, ensuring that it remains confidential and secure.

Step 1: Install Elasticsearch and Kibana

In order to have a login page for Kibana, you first need to have Elasticsearch and Kibana installed on your system. If you haven’t done so already, you can follow the official Elasticsearch and Kibana installation guides to get started.

Step 2: Configure Elasticsearch Security

Next, you need to configure security settings in Elasticsearch to enable authentication. Open the elasticsearch.yml configuration file and add the following lines:


xpack.security.enabled: true
xpack.security.authc.api_key.enabled: false

Save the changes and restart Elasticsearch for the new configuration to take effect.

Step 3: Enable Security in Kibana

Now, it’s time to enable security in Kibana. Open the kibana.yml configuration file and add the following lines:


xpack.security.enabled: true

Save the changes and restart Kibana.

Step 4: Create Users and Roles

With security enabled, you can now create users and roles to control access to your Kibana dashboard. By default, Kibana uses the native realm for user authentication.

To create a user, you can use the Elasticsearch API or the Kibana UI. For example, you can use the following Elasticsearch API request to create a user with the username “admin” and password “password”:


POST /_security/user/admin
{
"password": "password",
"roles": ["superuser"]
}

This will create a user with the “superuser” role, which grants full access to Kibana.

Step 5: Configure the Login Page

Once you have created your users and roles, you can configure the login page in Kibana to prompt users for their credentials. Open the kibana.yml configuration file and add the following lines:


xpack.security.authProviders: [basic]
elasticsearch.username: "admin"
elasticsearch.password: "password"

Make sure to replace “admin” and “password” with the actual username and password of the user you want to use as the default login.

Step 6: Access the Login Page

Now that you have everything set up, you can access the login page for Kibana by navigating to the URL of your Kibana instance in a web browser. You will be prompted to enter your username and password to authenticate.

Conclusion

Implementing a login page for Kibana is a crucial step in securing your data and ensuring that only authorized users can access your dashboard. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can set up a robust authentication mechanism for your Kibana instance and have peace of mind knowing that your data is protected.