Upgrade your installationedit

Periodically, you might need to upgrade an Elastic Cloud Enterprise installation as new versions with additional features become available. The upgrade process updates all hosts that are part of an Elastic Cloud Enterprise installation to the latest version of ECE, with little or no downtime for managed deployments.

The upgrade processedit

Upgrading Elastic Cloud Enterprise works by replacing the containers that ECE itself requires to run on each host. Upgrading ECE does not touch any of the containers that run Elasticsearch clusters and Kibana instances. Each container that needs to be upgraded is renamed and stopped, followed by the creation of a new container with an upgraded instance of the ECE software and its dependencies. When the upgrade process has completed successfully, it cleans up after itself and removes the old containers.

The upgrade process creates a frc-upgraders-monitor container on the host where you initiate the process that performs the following actions:

  • Back up the ZooKeeper transaction log to HOST_STORAGE_PATH/RUNNER_ID/services/zookeeper/data/backup, where HOST_STORAGE_PATH and RUNNER_ID are specific to an ECE installation.
  • Configure Elastic Cloud Enterprise to perform the individual container upgrades by creating a frc-upgraders-upgrader container on each host that is part of the installation.
  • Monitor the upgrade process to ensure that all frc-upgraders-upgrader containers perform their part of the upgrade as expected and report their status.
  • After all hosts have been upgraded successfully, clean up temporary artifacts created during the upgrade process, and remove the old containers.

The entire process is designed to be failsafe. Containers get upgraded sequentially and the upgrade status of each container is tracked. The upgrade process also monitors that each new container is viable and continues to run as expected. If there is an issue with any part of the upgrade, the entire process is rolled back.


Before starting the upgrade process, check which of the following recommendations may apply for your setup:

  • Upgrading to 2.12.x or 2.13.0 is not recommended as it can cause issues and you may lose access to the admin console. You are strongly advised to upgrade to 2.13.1 and later.
  • If you are upgrading to ECE versions 2.10, 2.11, or 2.12, refer to the ECE version 2.13 upgrade steps for guidance about certain default ECE visualizations not working.
  • We strongly recommend enabling XFS quotas, otherwise disk usage won’t display correctly. To enable XFS quotas, modify the entry for the XFS volume in the /etc/fstab file to add pquota and prjquota. The default filesystem path used by Elastic Cloud Enterprise is /mnt/data.
  • We strongly recommend that you routinely update your ECE installation to the most current version so that any bugs and security issues are fixed promptly. If you need to upgrade but are currently experiencing any issues with your platform, note that as long as ZooKeeper is running and healthy you should be able to upgrade (you can use the get runners API to easily verify the health of the runners on the ECE allocators). That is, healthy system clusters are not required in order to perform an upgrade successfully.
  • Before upgrading to Elastic Cloud Enterprise 3.0, refer to the lists of removals to find out about features and API endpoints that are no longer supported.
  • We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform certain actions during the upgrade process, such as:

    • Creating or changing Elasticsearch clusters and Kibana instances
    • Adding new hosts to an installation or removing existing hosts
  • As a precaution, we recommend that taking current snapshots of the Elasticsearch clusters.


Before starting the upgrade process, verify that your setup meets the following requirements:

  • Required user, roles and groups To run the script to upgrade Elastic Cloud Enterprise, login as the user used to run Elastic Cloud Enterprise (by default called elastic with UID/GID 1000). Initiate the upgrade process by running the elastic-cloud-enterprise.sh script with the upgrade action on a single host. The host that the script is run on must be a host that holds the director role. You do not need to run the script on additional hosts.
  • Available disk space Each host in the Elastic Cloud Enterprise installation must have at least 5 GB of disk space available to ensure that the upgrade process can complete successfully.
  • Proxies and load balancing To avoid any downtime for Elastic Cloud Enterprise, the installation must include more than one proxy and must use a load balancer as recommended. If only a single proxy is configured or if the installation is not using a load balancer, some downtime is expected when the containers on the proxies are upgraded. Each container upgrade typically takes five to ten seconds, times the number of containers on a typical host.
  • For offline or air-gapped installations Additional steps are required to upgrade Elastic Cloud Enterprise. After downloading the installation script for the new version, pull and load the required container images and push them to a private Docker registry. To learn more about pulling and loading Docker images, check Install ECE offline.
  • Verify if you can upgrade directly If you are upgrading to ECE 3.0 or a higher version, you need to upgrade to ECE 2.13.1 or later. Refer to the ECE version 2.13 upgrade instructions for details.

Don’t manually upgrade your system deployments if you are on ECE version 2.7.0 or a later version, as it can cause issues and you may lose access to the Cloud UI.

  • If you are on an ECE version below 2.7, verify if the system deployments need to be upgraded If there are system deployments below version 6.8 or an ECE installation below version 2.7.0, refer to the ECE version 2.7 documentation for the steps to upgrade your system deployments. Starting with ECE 2.7, all system clusters are upgraded automatically to their latest supported Elasticsearch version as part of the ECE upgrade process.
  • Outdated cluster versions If the ECE installation has clusters using version 5.5 or earlier, upgrading to version 5.6 is mandatory before a major upgrade.

Certificate rotationedit

If your ECE installation is still using the default, auto-generated certificates, we recommend performing one of the following steps to avoid trust errors related to the proxy server certificate after the upgrade. The proxy server certificate is used when connecting to Kibana and Elasticsearch clusters. During the upgrade, the ECE certificate authority generates a new certificate. As with any server certificate rotation, you must add an exception for the new proxy server certificate, unless the certificate authority is present in the trust store of the system or browser. You can perform either of these steps before or after the upgrade:

  • Recommended: Add your organization’s own certificate to Elastic Cloud Enterprise. The upgrade process ensures that the certificates you add do not change, which avoids the trust errors.
  • Add the default CA certificate to the trust store of your system or of your browser. Only the server certificate changes during upgrade, but the CA certificate remains the same. Adding the CA certificate to your trust store alone is sufficient to avoid the trust errors.
  • Apply valid license. It is required to have an Enterprise resource unit-compatible license applied before upgrading to ECE 2.7+. The most reliable way to check if your license is compatible is to use the Elastic Cloud Enterprise API and check the value of the license version field:

    curl -X GET -u admin:PASSWORD -k https://COORDINATOR_HOST:12443/api/v1/platform/license
      "license": {
        "version": 4,
        // other fields

    If the version is not 4 or higher, you must request an updated license from Elastic Support. Once you receive your new license, make sure Elastic Cloud Enterprise is upgraded to at least version 2.5.0, and then upload the new license in the Settings page under the Platform menu.

Perform the upgradeedit

To upgrade an Elastic Cloud Enterprise installation, download the latest installation script. Login as the user used to run Elastic Cloud Enterprise (by default called elastic with UID/GID 1000), and run the script with the upgrade action on a single host that holds the director role:

bash <(curl -fsSL https://download.elastic.co/cloud/elastic-cloud-enterprise.sh) upgrade

You can follow along while each container for Elastic Cloud Enterprise is upgraded on the hosts that are part of the installation.

By default, ECE updates to the most current available version. If you want to upgrade to a specific ECE version, use the --cloud-enterprise-version option:

bash <(curl -fsSL https://download.elastic.co/cloud/elastic-cloud-enterprise.sh) upgrade --cloud-enterprise-version 3.0.0