The Elastic Enterprise Search web crawler is a beta feature. Beta features are subject to change and are not covered by the support SLA of general release (GA) features. Elastic plans to promote this feature to GA in a future release.
View frequently asked questions about the Enterprise Search web crawler:
See Web crawler (beta) reference for detailed technical information about the web crawler.
We also welcome your feedback.
- Crawling publicly-accessible HTTP/HTTPS websites
- Support for crawling multiple domains per-Engine
- Robots meta tag support
Robots "nofollow" support
Includes robots meta tags set to "nofollow" and links with rel="nofollow" attributes
Basic content extraction
The web crawler will extract content for a predefined, unconfigurable set of fields from each page it visits.
Entry points allow customers to specify where the web crawler begins crawling each domain.
Crawl rules allow customers to control whether each URL the web crawler encounters will be visited and indexed.
Logging of each crawl
Logs are representative of an entire crawl, which encompasses all domains in an engine.
- User interfaces for managing domains, entry points, and crawl rules
Automatic or scheduled crawling
Start crawls manually from the UI or use the crawler API to schedule a crawl on-demand.
Single-page app (SPA) support
Configurable content extraction
Content extraction is currently limited to an unconfigurable, predefined set of fields.
- Crawling private websites or websites behind authentication
The web crawler currently has no knowledge of sitemaps and cannot utilize them to identify pages to visit.
The web crawler does not currently adhere to
robots.txtrules. The crawler only honors robots meta tags set to
nofollowand links with
If a crawl is unexpectedly stopped before it finishes, it will not be able to restart where it left off. You can restart a crawl again from the beginning. The crawler will not duplicate documents that it already indexed.
Extracting content from files
Currently, the web crawler will only extract content from HTML content.