Set up ELK (Elastic, Logstash, Kibana) stack on windows

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Introduction

The ELK stack stands for Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana. It is a collection of open-source project run by Elastic which allows you to search, analyze, and visualize logs generated from any source in any format.

The Elastic Stack has Four main components:

  • Elasticsearch: is a distributed Rest based search and analytical engine which stores all your data at a central location.
  • Logstash: is the data processing component of the Elastic Stack which sends incoming data to Elasticsearch.
  • Kibana: is a web interface for searching and visualizing logs.
  • Beats: are Lightweight Data Shippers. They can send data from hundreds or thousands of machines and systems to Logstash or Elasticsearch.


In this tutorial, you will install ELK Stack using Bitnami ELK setup.

Using Bitnami ELK setup

To simplify ELK setup, you can use Bitnami ELK Installer, which will setup the Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana all in one installer.

Elk install start screen
  • Select Installation Directory
  • Enter the user name and password credentials which will be used to login to Kibana
  • In the next screen set the Elasticsearch node host address. You can keep the default value here (your server IP address).
  • Un-check that checkbox to register with cloud.
  • Begin the installation by clicking Next

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