Shield

Security for Elasticsearch

Simply secure your Elasticsearch cluster with a username and a password. Shield installs as a plugin for Elasticsearch and Kibana, so you can get started in just a few steps.

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Shield 2.0+

Compatible with the latest versions of Elasticsearch and Kibana

Step 1: Install Shield into Elasticsearch bin/plugin install license
bin/plugin install shield
Step 2: Start Elasticsearch bin/elasticsearch
Step 3: Add an admin user bin/shield/esusers useradd es_admin -r admin
Step 4: Test your authenticated user curl -u es_admin -XGET 'http://localhost:9200/'
Step 5: Install Shield Into Kibana for full session support (Shield 2.2+)
Step 6: Dive into the Getting Started Guide

Running a cluster without Internet access? See our offline installation instructions.

View the release notes and version compatibility information.

Are you running Elastic Stack 5.0 Alpha? Install X-Pack 5.0 Alpha.

Shield 1.x

Compatible with Elasticsearch 1.x.

Step 1: Install Shield
bin/plugin install elasticsearch/license/latest
bin/plugin install elasticsearch/shield/latest

Step 2: Start Elasticsearch
bin/elasticsearch

Step 3: Add an admin user
bin/shield/esusers useradd es_admin -r admin

Step 4: Try it with a user
curl -u es_admin -XGET 'http://localhost:9200/'

Step 5: Quickly configure roles and audit logging
Getting Started Guide | Release Notes

Learn

Dive into the documentation for more details about how Shield works and how to easily secure your Elasticsearch cluster.

Questions? Suggestions? Make Shield even better by sharing your feedback in our community forum.

Take a tour of the product by viewing the Shield Intro webinar, or learn how our Solutions Architect team uses Shield to protect our demo systems.

Contact

Have questions about purchasing, setup assistance, or Shield in general? Fantastic. We love a good query. Contact us and we'll be in touch.

Shield enriches our Development, Gold, and Platinum subscriptions for existing and future Elastic customers at no additional cost.