Directory Layout

The directory layout of an installation is as follows:

Type Description Default Location Setting

home

Home of elasticsearch installation.

path.home

bin

Binary scripts including elasticsearch to start a node.

{path.home}/bin

conf

Configuration files including elasticsearch.yml

{path.home}/config

path.conf

data

The location of the data files of each index / shard allocated on the node. Can hold multiple locations.

{path.home}/data

path.data

logs

Log files location.

{path.home}/logs

path.logs

plugins

Plugin files location. Each plugin will be contained in a subdirectory.

{path.home}/plugins

path.plugins

repo

Shared file system repository locations. Can hold multiple locations. A file system repository can be placed in to any subdirectory of any directory specified here.

empty

path.repo

Multiple data paths may be specified, in order to spread data across multiple disks or locations, but all of the files from a single shard will be written to the same path. This can be configured as follows:

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path.data: /mnt/first,/mnt/second
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Or  in an array format:
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path.data: ["/mnt/first", "/mnt/second"]
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To stripe shards across multiple disks, please use a RAID driver instead.

Default Paths

Below are the default paths that elasticsearch will use, if not explicitly changed.

deb and rpm

Type Description Location Debian/Ubuntu Location RHEL/CentOS

home

Home of elasticsearch installation.

/usr/share/elasticsearch

/usr/share/elasticsearch

bin

Binary scripts including elasticsearch to start a node.

/usr/share/elasticsearch/bin

/usr/share/elasticsearch/bin

conf

Configuration files elasticsearch.yml and logging.yml.

/etc/elasticsearch

/etc/elasticsearch

conf

Environment variables including heap size, file descriptors.

/etc/default/elasticsearch

/etc/sysconfig/elasticsearch

data

The location of the data files of each index / shard allocated on the node.

/var/lib/elasticsearch/data

/var/lib/elasticsearch

logs

Log files location

/var/log/elasticsearch

/var/log/elasticsearch

plugins

Plugin files location. Each plugin will be contained in a subdirectory.

/usr/share/elasticsearch/plugins

/usr/share/elasticsearch/plugins

zip and tar.gz

Type Description Location

home

Home of elasticsearch installation

{extract.path}

bin

Binary scripts including elasticsearch to start a node

{extract.path}/bin

conf

Configuration files elasticsearch.yml and logging.yml

{extract.path}/config

data

The location of the data files of each index / shard allocated on the node

{extract.path}/data

logs

Log files location

{extract.path}/logs

plugins

Plugin files location. Each plugin will be contained in a subdirectory

{extract.path}/plugins