Start watch service APIedit


Start watcher enables you to manually start the watch service. Submit the following request to start the watch service:

StartWatchServiceRequest request = new StartWatchServiceRequest();


The returned AcknowledgedResponse contains a value on whether or not the request was received:

boolean isAcknowledged = response.isAcknowledged(); 

A boolean value of true if successfully received, false otherwise.

Synchronous executionedit

When executing a StartWatchServiceRequest in the following manner, the client waits for the StartWatchServiceResponse to be returned before continuing with code execution:

AcknowledgedResponse response = client.watcher().startWatchService(request, RequestOptions.DEFAULT);

Synchronous calls may throw an IOException in case of either failing to parse the REST response in the high-level REST client, the request times out or similar cases where there is no response coming back from the server.

In cases where the server returns a 4xx or 5xx error code, the high-level client tries to parse the response body error details instead and then throws a generic ElasticsearchException and adds the original ResponseException as a suppressed exception to it.

Asynchronous executionedit

Executing a StartWatchServiceRequest can also be done in an asynchronous fashion so that the client can return directly. Users need to specify how the response or potential failures will be handled by passing the request and a listener to the asynchronous start-watch-service method:

client.watcher().startWatchServiceAsync(request, RequestOptions.DEFAULT, listener); 

The StartWatchServiceRequest to execute and the ActionListener to use when the execution completes

The asynchronous method does not block and returns immediately. Once it is completed the ActionListener is called back using the onResponse method if the execution successfully completed or using the onFailure method if it failed. Failure scenarios and expected exceptions are the same as in the synchronous execution case.

A typical listener for start-watch-service looks like:

ActionListener<AcknowledgedResponse> listener = new ActionListener<AcknowledgedResponse>() {
    public void onResponse(AcknowledgedResponse response) {

    public void onFailure(Exception e) {

Called when the execution is successfully completed.

Called when the whole StartWatchServiceRequest fails.