Elasticsearch-php only has a three requirements that you need to worry about:

  • PHP 7.0.0 or higher
  • Composer
  • ext-curl: the Libcurl extension for PHP (see note below)
  • Native JSON Extensions (ext-json) 1.3.7 or higher

The rest of the dependencies will automatically be downloaded and installed by Composer. Composer is a package and dependency manager for PHP. Installing elasticsearch-php with Composer is very easy

Libcurl can be replaced

The default HTTP handlers that ship with Elasticsearch-php require the PHP libcurl extension, but it is not technically required for the client to operate. If you have a host that does not have libcurl installed, you can use an alternate HTTP handler based on PHP streams. Performance will suffer, as the libcurl extension is much faster

Version Matrixedit

You need to match your version of Elasticsearch to the appropriate version of this library.

The master branch will always track Elasticsearch master, but it is not recommended to use dev-master in your production code.

Elasticsearch Version Elasticsearch-PHP Branch

>= 7.0, < 8.0


>= 6.6, ⇐ 6.7


>= 6.0, ⇐ 6.5


>= 5.0, < 6.0


>= 1.0, < 5.0

1.0, 2.0

⇐ 0.90.*


Composer Installationedit

  • Include elasticsearch-php in your composer.json file. If you are starting a new project, simply paste the following JSON snippet into a new file called composer.json. If you have an existing project, include this requirement under the rest of requirements already present:

        "require": {
            "elasticsearch/elasticsearch": "~7.0"
  • Install the client with composer. The first command download the composer.phar PHP package, and the second command invokes the installation. Composer will automatically download any required dependencies, store them in a /vendor/ directory and build an autoloader.:

    curl -s | php
    php composer.phar install --no-dev

    More information about Composer can be found at their website.

  • Finally, include the generated autoloader in your main project. If your project is already based on Composer, the autoloader is likely already included somewhere and you don’t need to add it again. Finally, instantiate a new client:

    require 'vendor/autoload.php';
    $client = Elasticsearch\ClientBuilder::create()->build();

    Client instantiation is performed with a static helper function create(). This creates a ClientBuilder object, which helps you to set custom configurations. When you are done configuring, you call the build() method to generate a Client object. We’ll discuss configuration more in the Configuration section

--no-dev flagedit

You’ll notice that the installation command specified --no-dev. This prevents Composer from installing the various testing and development dependencies. For average users, there is no need to install the test suite. In particular, the development dependencies include a full copy of Elasticsearch so that tests can be run against the REST specifications. This is a rather large download for non-developers, hence the --no-dev flag

If you wish to contribute to development of this library, just omit the --no-dev flag to be able to run tests.