The client has a number of "namespaces", which generally expose administrative functionality. The namespaces correspond to the various administrative endpoints in Elasticsearch. This is a complete list of namespaces:

Namespace Functionality


Index-centric stats and info


Node-centric stats and info


Cluster-centric stats and info


Methods to snapshot/restore your cluster and indices


Access to the Cat API (which is generally used standalone from the command line

Some methods are available in several different namespaces, which give you the same information but grouped into different contexts. To see how these namespaces work, let’s look at the _stats output:

$client = ClientBuilder::create()->build();

// Index Stats
// Corresponds to curl -XGET localhost:9200/_stats
$response = $client->indices()->stats();

// Node Stats
// Corresponds to curl -XGET localhost:9200/_nodes/stats
$response = $client->nodes()->stats();

// Cluster Stats
// Corresponds to curl -XGET localhost:9200/_cluster/stats
$response = $client->cluster()->stats();

As you can see, the same stats() call is made through three different namespaces. Sometimes the methods require parameters. These parameters work just like any other method in the library.

For example, we can request index stats about a specific index, or multiple indices:

$client = ClientBuilder::create()->build();

// Corresponds to curl -XGET localhost:9200/my_index/_stats
$params['index'] = 'my_index';
$response = $client->indices()->stats($params);

// Corresponds to curl -XGET localhost:9200/my_index1,my_index2/_stats
$params['index'] = array('my_index1', 'my_index2');
$response = $client->indices()->stats($params);

As another example, here is how you might add an alias to an existing index:

$params['body'] = array(
    'actions' => array(
            'add' => array(
                'index' => 'myindex',
                'alias' => 'myalias'

Notice how both the stats calls and the updateAlias took a variety of parameters, each according to what the particular API requires. The stats API only requires an index name(s), while the updateAlias requires a body of actions.