April 8, 2021

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Open source visualization dashboards for OpenSearch.

repo name opensearch-project/OpenSearch-Dashboards
repo link https://github.com/opensearch-project/OpenSearch-Dashboards
language TypeScript
size (curr.) 1564992 kB
stars (curr.) 549
created 2021-01-29
license Apache License 2.0

OpenSearch Dashboards


OpenSearch Dashboards is an open source search and analytics visualization derived from Kibana 7.10.2, and is currently in an alpha state. While we’re still in the process of getting set up, we are excited to build the best visualization platform for OpenSearch on the planet with you.

We officially began work on the new fork on January 21st, 2021. Since then, we’ve been removing non-Apache 2.0 compliant code and doing a full rename of the project. Feel free to take a look at what we’ve been up to, and then head over to the Project Board to track initial release targets, or jump in and start opening issues or contributing.

Guiding Principles

Here are the principles we use to guide our development. From opensearch.org:

When we (the contributors) are successful, the OpenSearch project will be:

1. Great software. If it doesn’t solve your problems, everything else is moot. It’s going to be software you love to use.

2. Open source like we mean it. We are invested in this being a successful open source project for the long term. It’s all Apache 2.0. There’s no Contributor License >Agreement. Easy.

3. A level playing field. We will not tweak the software so that it runs better for any vendor (including AWS) at the expense of others. If this happens, call it out and we >will fix it as a community.

4. Used everywhere. Our goal is for as many people as possible to use it in their business, their software, and their projects. Use it however you want. Surprise us!

5. Made with your input. We will ask for public input on direction, requirements, and implementation for any feature we build.

6. Open to contributions. Great open source software is built together, with a diverse community of contributors. If you want to get involved at any level - big, small, or >huge - we will find a way to make that happen. We don’t know what that looks like yet, and we look forward to figuring it out together.

7. Respectful, approachable, and friendly. This will be a community where you will be heard, accepted, and valued, whether you are a new or experienced user or contributor.

8. A place to invent. You will be able to innovate rapidly. This project will have a stable and predictable foundation that is modular, making it easy to extend.

Getting Started

To run OpenSearch Dashboards locally, you first need build artifacts from OpenSearch.

  • Clone the OpenSearch repo with git clone https://github.com/opensearch-project/OpenSearch-Dashboards.git
  • Follow installation and setup instructions in the OpenSearch Developer Guide
  • Run ./gradlew assemble to generate build artifacts for all platforms
  • Run ./gradlew run -Drun.distribution=oss to run the oss build


  • You can also manually find the tar.gz file (.zip on Windows) at ./distribution/archives/<platform-dir>/build/distributions and extract to your desired directory with tar -xvf /path/to/tar/file
  • After extracting, run bin/opensearch inside of the extracted build artifact dir

To run Dashboards with OpenSearch

  • Run yarn osd bootstrap in the OpenSearch Dashboards directory
  • While OpenSearch is running locally, run yarn start
  • You can now navigate to http://localhost:5603 where Dashboards runs by default
  • If you pass --no-base-path then it will default to port 5601

Running tests

Jest Unit Tests

Run the command yarn test:jest in the OpenSearch Dashboards project directory to run unit tests

Jest Integration Tests

For the integration tests, you must pass the absolute path of your extracted OpenSearch build artifacts through the TEST_OPENSEARCH_FROM env variable so that Dashboards can run an OpenSearch cluster. You can run: TEST_OPENSEARCH_FROM=/path/to/extracted/build/artifact yarn test:jest_integration

How you can help

Look for the tag “help wanted”

If you’re excited to jump in, we’ve marked a few issues that would be really helpful.

Watch the forum, because there are a bunch of things we want to talk about

As we’ve been working, we’ve come up with a bunch of questions that we wanted to get community feedback on. Now that we’re done with this first pass of renaming, you’ll see us posting those questions to the forums. Please let us know your thoughts!

Questions? Feedback?

Let us know in the forums. w00t!!!

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