Adding plugins

Plugins extend the core functionality of Elasticsearch. There are many suitable plugins, including:

  • The discovery plugins, such as the cloud AWS plugin that allows discovering nodes on EC2 instances
  • The analysis plugins, to provide analyzers targeted at languages other than English
  • The scripting plugins, to provide additional scripting languages

Plugins can come from different sources: The official ones created or at least maintained by Elastic, community-sourced plugins from other users, and plugins that you provide. Some of the official plugins are always provided with our service and you just have to add them to your cluster.

There are two ways to add plugins to a cluster in Elasticsearch Service:

  • Select one of the official plugins already available in Elasticsearch Service.
  • Upload a custom plugin and then install it on your cluster.

Custom plugins can include the official Elasticsearch plugins not provided with Elasticsearch Service, any of the community-sourced plugins, or plugins that you write yourself. Uploading custom plugins is available only to Gold and Platinum subscriptions. For more information, see Uploading Custom Plugins, Dictionaries, and Scripts.

To learn more about what official and community-sourced plugins are available, see Elasticsearch Plugins and Integrations.

Before you begin

Some restrictions apply when adding plugins. To learn more, see Restrictions for Elasticsearch and Kibana plugins.

Add plugins provided with Elasticsearch Service

We make it easy to add plugins to your Elasticsearch cluster by providing a variety of compatible plugins that work with your version of Elasticsearch. One advantage of the official plugins is that you generally don’t have to worry about also upgrading plugins when you upgrade to a new Elasticsearch version, unless there are breaking changes. The plugins simply are upgraded along with the rest of your cluster.

To add a plugin:

  1. Log into the Elasticsearch Service Console.
  2. On the Deployments page, select your deployment.

    Narrow your deployments by name, ID, or choose from several other filters. To customize your view, use a combination of filters, or change the format from a grid to a list.

  3. From your deployment menu, go to the Edit page.
  4. Beneath the Elasticsearch master node, expand the Advanced Elasticsearch caret.
  5. Select the plugins that you want.
  6. Click Save changes. The cluster is then updated with new nodes that have the plugin installed.

Different versions of Elasticsearch support different plugins.