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Did you know: that you can easily change an image in Kibana Canvas based on a query on your index using the Expression editor?

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This week I will discuss: how to easily change the image in Kibana Canvas depending on a query on your index using the Expression editor.


Kibana Canvas is a creative way to visualize, present, and report on your data in Kibana. Imagine you want to turn a green light into red when an error occurs in your data set. Here is how to do it!


In Kibana, open a new Canvas Create workpad. Import two images: a green traffic light and a red traffic light. First, add an image element, then select or drag and drop an image from the panel on the right side of your window.

In Step 2, you will need the assetIDs of your images. To retrieve them, go to the ‘Add element’ menu (top left) select ‘Manage assets’. You can copy the assetIDs from there.

Select the image of the green light. The Expression editor will appear in the bottom right corner. Add the following expression:

  dataurl={asset {filters | essql query="SELECT Severity
FROM \"<index name>*\" WHERE Severity='ERROR' AND \"@timestamp\" >= CAST(CURDATE() AS DATE)" | math "unique(Severity)" | if {lt 1} then="<asset-green_light_assetId>" else="<asset-red_light_assetId>"}} mode="contain"
| render

With the current expression in place, the red traffic light image will be called in case an error occurs during the current date. 

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