Installing the Flow Dashboard

Install the Flow Dashboard using these procedures.

About this task

The Flow Dashboard is for Linux only. Windows users can copy the flow-dashboard folder to a Linux machine.

Detailed instructions for Flow Dashboard installation can be found in the file in the flow-dashboard folder. It is recommended that you read this file before continuing with this procedure.


  1. Install Docker. You must have Docker installed before continuing with this procedure.
  2. Install core runtime 10.0.x.0.
  3. CD <root_install>/flow-dashboard.
  4. Install the dashboard using this command: ./
  5. CD /opt to change permissions for folder esdata (chmod -R 777 esdata)
  6. If Elasticsearch does not stay up and running, execute this command: sysctl -w vm.max_map_count=262144
  7. Start the Flow Dashboard: cd <root_install>/flow-dashboard and run ./
  8. Verify that Kibana and Elasticsearch are running by entering this command: docker ps -a
  9. To verify Elasticsearch and Kibana are running:
    • Elastisearch:
      curl http://<ipaddress>:<port number>
      curl http://localhost:9200
      you will see information
    • Kibana:
      curl http://<ipaddress>:<port number>
      curl http://localhost:5601
      you will see no information
  10. CD to root_install/flow-dashboard and vi dashboard_export.ndjson
  11. Search for three instances of:
  12. Change <ipaddress>:<port number kibana> in three different locations.
  13. Save the file dashboard_export.ndsjson
  14. Upload dashboard_export.ndjson to Windows.
  15. Open a browser and enter the URL http://<ipaddress>:5601
  16. Hover over the gear icon, Tooltip Management and click on it.
  17. Click on the Saved Objects link.
  18. Click on the Import link.
  19. The Import Saved Object dialog opens.
  20. Click on the Import link.
  21. Navigate to dashboard_export.ndjson
  22. Highlight dashboard_export.ndjson and click Open.
  23. Click the Import button. A success message will display.
  24. Click Done to complete installation of the Flow Dashboard.