Bucket Aggregationsedit

Bucket aggregations don’t calculate metrics over fields like the metrics aggregations do, but instead, they create buckets of documents. Each bucket is associated with a criterion (depending on the aggregation type) which determines whether or not a document in the current context "falls" into it. In other words, the buckets effectively define document sets. In addition to the buckets themselves, the bucket aggregations also compute and return the number of documents that "fell into" each bucket.

Bucket aggregations, as opposed to metrics aggregations, can hold sub-aggregations. These sub-aggregations will be aggregated for the buckets created by their "parent" bucket aggregation.

There are different bucket aggregators, each with a different "bucketing" strategy. Some define a single bucket, some define fixed number of multiple buckets, and others dynamically create the buckets during the aggregation process.


The maximum number of buckets allowed in a single response is limited by a dynamic cluster setting named search.max_buckets. It is disabled by default (-1) but requests that try to return more than 10,000 buckets (the default value for future versions) will log a deprecation warning.