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, Platinum and Enterprise subscriptions. For more information, check Upload custom plugins and bundles.
To learn more about what official and community-sourced plugins are available, refer to Elasticsearch Plugins and Integrations.
For a detailed guide with examples of using the Elasticsearch Service API to create, get information about, update, and delete extensions and plugins, check Managing plugins and extensions through the API.