Getting started with APM Serveredit

This method of installing APM Server will be deprecated and removed in a future release. Please consider getting started with the Elastic APM integration instead.

Starting in version 8.0.0, Fleet uses the APM integration to set up and manage APM index templates, ILM policies, and ingest pipelines. APM Server will only send data to Elasticsearch after the APM integration has been installed.

The easiest way to get started with Elastic APM is by using our hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud. The Elasticsearch Service is available on AWS, GCP, and Azure, and automatically configures APM Server to work with Elasticsearch and Kibana.

Hosted Elasticsearch Serviceedit

Skip managing your own Elasticsearch, Kibana, and APM Server by using our hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud.

Install Elastic APM on cloud

Try out the Elasticsearch Service for free, then see Add APM user settings for information on how to configure Elastic APM.

Install and manage the stack yourselfedit

If you’d rather install the stack yourself, first see the Elastic Support Matrix for information about supported operating systems and product compatibility.

You’ll need:

  • Elasticsearch for storing and indexing data.
  • Kibana for visualizing with the APM UI.

We recommend you use the same version of Elasticsearch, Kibana, and APM Server.

Install Elastic APM yourself

See Installing the Elastic Stack for more information about installing these products. After installing the Elastic Stack, read the following topics to learn how to install, configure, and start APM Server: