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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting Kibana Saved Searches to CSV files. In today's data-driven environment, having the ability to store, analyze, and manipulate large datasets is crucial. Exporting your Kibana Saved Searches to CSV files enables you to take full advantage of this flexibility by allowing you to archive your data outside of Elasticsearch and utilize a variety of tools for data analysis, such as spreadsheets, which can enhance data visualization and reporting capabilities. On this page, we will delve into what Kibana Saved Search is, the step-by-step process of exporting searches to a CSV file, practical use cases for these exports, and an innovative alternative using Sourcetable. Additionally, we will answer some frequently asked questions about exporting Kibana Saved Search to CSV, ensuring that you have all the necessary information to streamline your data handling processes.

    Understanding Kibana Saved Search

    A Kibana Saved Search is a software feature within the Kibana analytics and visualization platform. It allows users to create and retain a search in the Discover section for future use. This capability is particularly beneficial for users who need to perform the same searches repeatedly, as it saves time and ensures consistent results.

    Utilizing saved searches is advantageous when it comes to integrating search results into dashboards. This integration transforms raw search data into actionable insights that can be easily visualized and understood at a glance. Furthermore, saved searches provide a solid base upon which complex visualizations can be constructed, expanding the analytical capabilities of Kibana users.

    By default, a saved search in Kibana captures several key elements: the query text, any applied filters, and the layout of the Discover view. This includes not only the search criteria but also the specific columns displayed and their sort order within the document table, which contributes to a comprehensive snapshot of the search at the time of saving.

    Exporting Kibana Saved Search to CSV

    Standard Export Procedure

    To export a saved search from Kibana to a CSV file, begin by clicking on the 'Share' button. Following this action, proceed by selecting 'Export to CSV'. This will initiate the download of the saved search data in a CSV format. Be aware that Discover imposes a limit on the size of the CSV file it is capable of exporting. The limitation is based on the byte size of the resulting file rather than the number of documents contained within it. The default export limit for documents is set at 10,000, but the critical factor to consider is the byte limit.

    Modifying Export Byte Limit

    If the default byte size limit is insufficient for your needs, it is possible to adjust this setting to accommodate larger exports. This adjustment is not carried out in the advanced settings for document count but rather in the reporting settings within Kibana. By modifying the reporting settings, the byte limit for the CSV export can be increased, allowing for a larger dataset to be exported.

    Requirements for Export

    The export of a saved search to a CSV file in Kibana necessitates certain software prerequisites. Specifically, one must have reelyActive open source software, alongside Elasticsearch and Kibana properly installed and configured. Once the export process is completed, the CSV file will contain the selected data organized into tables, facilitating easier data manipulation and analysis.

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    Streamline Your Data Analysis with Sourcetable

    Move beyond the traditional and time-consuming method of exporting Kibana Saved Searches to CSV files. With Sourcetable, you can directly import your Kibana Saved Search into a dynamic spreadsheet environment. Sourcetable offers a seamless integration that synchronizes your live data from a multitude of apps and databases, including Kibana. This allows you to bypass the cumbersome process of exporting and importing, giving you instant access to your data.

    Sourcetable's powerful interface is designed for both automation and business intelligence. By leveraging its capabilities, you can effortlessly combine data from various sources, enabling complex queries and comprehensive analysis. The familiar spreadsheet format enhances user experience, making data manipulation and interpretation more intuitive. Choose Sourcetable to elevate your data workflow to a new level of efficiency and insight.

    Common Use Cases

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      Use case 1: A business analyst exports a CSV file from Kibana to analyze data trends over the past quarter for a stakeholder presentation.
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      Use case 2: A system user regularly exports search results to a CSV to integrate them into an external reporting tool.
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      Use case 3: A software developer exports a dataset from Discover to CSV to create a test case for a new analytics feature.
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      Use case 4: A customer service manager exports search results to CSV to identify common customer issues and create a training manual.
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      Use case 5: An executive exports sales data from Kibana to CSV to share with external partners during a business review meeting.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I programmatically export saved search data from Kibana?

    You can programmatically export saved search data by querying Elasticsearch directly.

    How do I return saved searches that exist within a project?

    To return saved searches within a project, query Elasticsearch directly.

    How can I extract the request made from a specific saved search?

    Extract the request made from a specific saved search by querying Elasticsearch directly.

    Is there a way to export the data in discover to a .csv file?

    Yes, you can export data in Kibana Discover to CSV by clicking on Share and then clicking on Export to CSV.

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

    Yes, the export limit for Kibana Discover is 10,000 documents.


    In conclusion, Kibana provides a straightforward method to export your data in Discover to a CSV file, which can then be downloaded and analyzed externally. By clicking Share -> Export to CSV, you can obtain a table-formatted CSV file, with the default limit being 10,000 documents. However, if you need to export a saved search including the search results, ensure that reporting is enabled as its absence may prevent the CSV export option from appearing. Keep in mind that the exported JSON file from the management screen will not contain the search results. For a more seamless data integration experience, rather than exporting to CSV, you can use Sourcetable to import your data directly into a spreadsheet. Sign up for Sourcetable to streamline your data management and get started on a more efficient workflow.

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