On July 11, 2016, users of Kibana were not able to use map visualisations anymore since MapQuest had discontinued the support for their tile service. This was fixed with the release of Kibana versions 4.5.3 and 4.1.10. These versions circumvent the problem by using Elastic’s newly introduced, own tile service.

Unfortunately, the Elastic Tile Service restricts the maximum zoom level to 8. The company names scaling and bandwidth as the reasons for the limitation. However, you can increase the zoom level to the maximum of 18 if you use another tile service, for example OpenStreetMap’s openstreetmap-carto.

Two newly introduced parameters in the kibana.yml settings file allow you to use a custom tile server and maximum zoom level. If you have installed Kibana on macOS using brew, the location is /usr/local/etc/kibana/kibana.yml. Add the following lines:

tilemap.options.maxZoom: 18
tilemap.url: http://a.tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png

After restarting Kibana, you should be able to increase the zoom to street-level detailedness.

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