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Here's a quick Elasticsearch-Kibana setup via Docker for development

Are you new to the Elastic stack or configuring a new machine and need an easy way to setup, and a single command to run Elasticsearch & Kibana? Here’s a quick Elasticsearch-Kibana setup using Docker for your dev environment.



docker container stop es_dev && docker container rm es_dev
docker run \
    --name es_dev \
    -p 9200:9200 \
    -p 9300:9300 \
    -e "discovery.type=single-node" \ &\

docker run \
    --link es_dev:elasticsearch \
    -p 5601:5601 \ &

The first command stops the container named es_dev (arbitrary) if one exists and removes it. The second command starts a single-node Elasticsearch cluster inside a docker container named es_dev, and exposes it on ports 9200 and 9300. The third and last command starts Kibana on port 5601 and links it to the container (es_dev) where the Elasticsearch cluster is running. The last two commands are run concurrently.

You can add these three commands to a shell file (e.g in order to run a single command to start Elasticsearch and Kibana i.e chmod +x && ./ the first time and ./ subsequently.


  • Elasticsearch: curl (you should have a status of green if everything went well).
  • Kibana: visit http://localhost:5601 (the Kibana dashboard should load up).


Elasticsearch and Kibana can be configured using YAML. You can create config files and point to them when starting the containers.

  • Elasticsearch: add -v path/to/elasticsearch.yml:/usr/share/elasticsearch/config/elasticsearch.yml to docker run command.
  • Kibana: add -v path/to/kibana.yml:/usr/share/kibana/config/kibana.yml to docker run command.

Last modified on 2019-09-01

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