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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting Kibana query results to CSV files, a critical process for data analysts and engineers who seek to archive, analyze, and manipulate their Elasticsearch data using versatile tools like spreadsheets. Kibana offers powerful visualization capabilities, but when it comes to sharing or processing data externally, exporting to CSV format is invaluable. On this page, we'll delve into the nuances of what Kibana query results entail, the step-by-step method to export these results to a CSV file, practical use cases for such exports, an alternative approach using Sourcetable for instances where CSV exports are not feasible, and a helpful Q&A section to address common concerns related to exporting Kibana query results to CSV.

    Kibana Query Results

    Kibana Query Results refer to the output generated by using the Kibana Query Language (KQL) to filter data within the Kibana software tool. As a software tool, Kibana facilitates the interaction between the user and the data being analyzed, presenting the filtered results to the user. These results are a type of data that has been processed through the specific parameters set by the KQL. The data output does not include aggregated, transformed, or sorted data, as KQL is not designed to perform these functions.

    Since Kibana Query Results are derived from a process integral to data analysis, they contribute to the practice of extracting useful information from data sets. This aligns with the broader goal of data analysis, which is to support informed decision-making. The results provided by KQL can be instrumental in answering a variety of questions that pertain to descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analyses, thereby playing a vital role in data-driven decision-making processes.

    As part of the suite of software tools used by developers, Kibana Query Results help in analyzing business processes, documenting development processes, and optimizing all processes throughout the software lifecycle. Furthermore, they assist developers in maintaining the workflow of a project by providing a clear and precise view of the data that has been queried, which is essential for various stages of development, maintenance, debugging, and support of applications and programs.

    Exporting Kibana Query Results to a CSV File

    Using the Share Function

    To export data from Kibana to CSV, start by selecting the data that you wish to export, such as location and sensor data. This involves choosing a transmitter ID and selecting specific fields for the dataset. Once your data is prepared, click on the 'Share' button located on the top menu bar of the Discover tab. Following this, select the 'CSV Reports' option from the dropdown menu. Proceed by clicking on the 'Generate CSV' button. After the CSV file has been generated, a pop-up will appear, prompting you to download the file. If you miss this pop-up, you can retrieve the file from the 'Reporting' link found within the 'Management' tab.

    Steps to Save Query Results as CSV

    To save Kibana query results as a CSV file, follow these structured steps. Begin with Step 1: Select a transmitter ID to visualize its journey. Move on to Step 2: Prepare the data for export by selecting the specific fields you require. In Step 3, navigate to the 'Share' button which is located on the top menu bar of the Discover tab, and click on it. Conclude with Step 4 by selecting the 'CSV Reports' option. Following these steps will allow you to store the selected data in tables within the CSV file, which can then be explored outside of Kibana.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Streamline Your Data Analysis with Sourcetable

    With Sourcetable, enhance your data analysis workflow by directly importing Kibana query results into a dynamic and intuitive spreadsheet interface. This advanced platform eliminates the cumbersome process of exporting query results to CSV and then importing them into another spreadsheet program. Sourcetable’s seamless integration with your live data sources allows for real-time synchronization, ensuring that your analysis is always up-to-date with the latest information.

    Experience the benefits of automation by setting up Sourcetable to automatically pull in data from Kibana and other sources. This capability not only saves valuable time but also reduces the likelihood of errors associated with manual data transfer. Sourcetable's familiar spreadsheet layout makes querying your data straightforward and efficient, empowering you to focus on deriving actionable insights for business intelligence without the hassle of data handling complexities.

    Common Use Cases

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      Storing data outside of Elasticsearch
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      Manipulating data with tools other than Kibana
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      Generating CSV files for sharing data outside of Kibana
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      Handling results with millions of records that exceed the discover export limit

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I export Kibana query results to a CSV file?

    To export query results, click on the Share button from the top menu bar in Kibana, select CSV Reports, and then click on the Generate CSV button.

    Where can I find the CSV file after generating it from Kibana?

    The CSV file can be found and downloaded from the Management tab in Kibana.

    Is there a limit to the number of documents I can export to a CSV file from Kibana?

    Yes, the CSV export is limited to 10,000 documents or the byte limit, whichever is reached first.

    Can I select specific fields to include in my Kibana CSV export?

    Yes, you must prepare the data to export by selecting specific fields. At least one field must be selected to create the CSV file.

    What can I do with the CSV file after exporting it from Kibana?

    The CSV file can be imported into any spreadsheet software, allowing you to store data outside of Elasticsearch and manipulate it using tools other than Kibana.


    Kibana's ability to export data as a CSV file is a powerful feature that facilitates further analysis and storage of location and sensor data outside of Elasticsearch. By following a simple process of selecting the desired visualization and exporting it through the Visualize Tab, users can easily manipulate their data using the tool of their choice, enhancing their analytical capabilities. However, for an even more streamlined experience, consider using Sourcetable to import data directly into a spreadsheet, bypassing the need for manual exports. Sign up for Sourcetable today to get started and elevate your data management workflow.

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