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Some settings are sensitive, and relying on filesystem permissions to protect
their values is not sufficient. For this use case, elasticsearch provides a
keystore, which may be password protected, and the
tool to manage the settings in the keystore.
All commands here should be run as the user which will run elasticsearch.
Only some settings are designed to be read from the keystore. See documentation for each setting to see if it is supported as part of the keystore.
Creating the keystoreedit
To create the
elasticsearch.keystore, use the
elasticsearch.keystore will be created alongside
Listing settings in the keystoreedit
A list of the settings in the keystore is available with the
Adding string settingsedit
Sensitive string settings, like authentication credentials for cloud
plugins, can be added using the
bin/elasticsearch-keystore add the.setting.name.to.set
The tool will prompt for the value of the setting. To pass the value
through stdin, use the
cat /file/containing/setting/value | bin/elasticsearch-keystore add --stdin the.setting.name.to.set
To remove a setting from the keystore, use the
bin/elasticsearch-keystore remove the.setting.name.to.remove