Would you like to learn how to install Packetbeat on Ubuntu Linux? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install the Packetbeat service on a computer running Ubuntu Linux and send the network information to an ElasticSearch server.

• Ubuntu 18
• Ubuntu 19
• ElasticSearch 7.6.2
• Kibana 7.6.2
• Packetbeat 7.6.2

In our example, The ElastiSearch server IP address is

Tutorial Packetbeat - Installation on Ubuntu Linux

Set a hostname using the command named hostnamectl.

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Reboot the computer.

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Install the required packages.

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Download and install the Packetbeat package.

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Edit the Packetbeat configuration file named packetbeat.yml.

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Here is the original file, before our configuration.

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Here is the file with our configuration.

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In our example, we configured the Packetbeat service to send data to the ElasticSearch server

In our example, we configured the Packetbeat service to connect to the Kibana server

Use the following command to create the Packetbeat dashboards on the Kibana server.

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Start the Packetbeat service.

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Configure the Packetbeat service to start during boot time.

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Congratulations! You have finished the Packetbeat installation on Ubuntu Linux.

Kibana - Accessing the Packetbeat Dashboard

Open your browser and enter the IP address of your Kibana server plus :5601.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:


The Kibana web interface should be presented

Kibana menus

On the Visualize and Explore Data area, select the Dashboard option.

Kibana dashboards

Search for dashboards named Packetbeats.

Packetbeat Dashboards

Select the desired Packetbeat dashboard.

Packetbeat Dashboard Overview

Congratulations! You are able to access the Packetbeat information on the Kibana server.