Configure the output for Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloudedit

This page refers to using a separate instance of APM Server with an existing Elasticsearch Service deployment. If you want to use APM on Elasticsearch Service, see: Create your deployment and Add APM user settings.

APM Server comes with two settings that simplify the output configuration when used together with Elasticsearch Service. When defined, these setting overwrite settings from other parts in the configuration.

Example: "staging:dXMtZWFzdC0xLmF3cy5mb3VuZC5pbyRjZWM2ZjI2MWE3NGJmMjRjZTMzYmI4ODExYjg0Mjk0ZiRjNmMyY2E2ZDA0MjI0OWFmMGNjN2Q3YTllOTYyNTc0Mw=="
cloud.auth: "elastic:YOUR_PASSWORD"

These settings can be also specified at the command line, like this:

apm-server -e -E"<cloud-id>" -E cloud.auth="<cloud.auth>"


The Cloud ID, which can be found in the Elasticsearch Service web console, is used by APM Server to resolve the Elasticsearch and Kibana URLs. This setting overwrites the output.elasticsearch.hosts and settings.

The base64 encoded found in the Elasticsearch Service web console does not explicitly specify a port. This means that APM Server will default to using port 443 when using, not the commonly configured cloud endpoint port 9243.


When specified, the cloud.auth overwrites the output.elasticsearch.username and output.elasticsearch.password settings. Because the Kibana settings inherit the username and password from the Elasticsearch output, this can also be used to set the setup.kibana.username and setup.kibana.password options.