Plugins extend the core functionality of Elasticsearch. Elastic Cloud Enterprise makes it easy to add plugins to your cluster by providing a number of plugins that work with your version of Elasticsearch. One advantage of these plugins is that you generally don’t have to worry about upgrading plugins when upgrading to a new Elasticsearch version, unless there are breaking changes. The plugins simply are upgraded along with the rest of your cluster.
Adding plugins to an Elasticsearch cluster is as simple as selecting it from the list of available plugins, but different versions of Elasticsearch support different plugins. Plugins are available for different purposes, such as:
- National language support, phonetic analysis, and extended unicode support
- Ingesting attachments in common formats and ingesting information about the geographic location of IP addresses
- Adding new field datatypes to Elasticsearch
- Support for additional snapshot repositories from Google and Microsoft
Addition plugins might be available. If a plugin is listed for your version of Elasticsearch, it can be used.
To add plugins when creating a new cluster, simply check the plugins you want added before you click Create Cluster.
To add plugins to an existing clusters:
- Log into the Cloud UI.
- Click on a cluster name from the Clusters panel and click Manage.
- Click Edit configuration.
- In the Plugins section, select the plugins you want installed.
- Click Save changes.
There is no downtime when adding plugins. The cluster is updated with new nodes that have the plugins installed.