Update License APIedit

This API enables you to update your license.

Requestedit

PUT _xpack/license

Descriptionedit

You can update your license at runtime without shutting down your nodes. License updates take effect immediately. If the license you are installing does not support all of the features that were available with your previous license, however, you are notified in the response. You must then re-submit the API request with the acknowledge parameter set to true.

For more information about the different types of licenses, see https://www.elastic.co/subscriptions.

Query Parametersedit

acknowledge
(boolean) Specifies whether you acknowledge the license changes. The default value is false.

Request Bodyedit

licenses
(array) A sequence of one or more JSON documents containing the license information.

Authorizationedit

If X-Pack security is enabled, you need manage cluster privileges to install the license.

If X-Pack security is enabled and you are installing a gold or platinum license, you must enable TLS on the transport networking layer before you install the license. See Encrypting communications in Elasticsearch.

Examplesedit

The following example updates to a basic license:

POST _xpack/license
{
  "licenses": [
    {
      "uid":"893361dc-9749-4997-93cb-802e3d7fa4xx",
      "type":"basic",
      "issue_date_in_millis":1411948800000,
      "expiry_date_in_millis":1914278399999,
      "max_nodes":1,
      "issued_to":"issuedTo",
      "issuer":"issuer",
      "signature":"xx"
    }
    ]
}
Note

These values are invalid; you must substitute the appropriate content from your license file.

You can alternatively use a curl command, for example:

curl -XPUT -u <user> 'http://<host>:<port>/_xpack/license' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d @license.json

On Windows machine, use the following command:

gc .\license.json |  Invoke-WebRequest -uri http://<host>:<port>/_xpack/license -Credential elastic -Method Put -ContentType "application/json"

In these examples,

  • <user> is a user ID with the appropriate authority.
  • <host> is the hostname of the Elasticsearch node (localhost if executing locally)
  • <port> is the http port (defaults to 9200)
  • license.json is the license JSON file
Note

If your Elasticsearch node has SSL enabled on the HTTP interface, you must start your URL with https://

If you previously had a license with more features than the basic license, you receive the following response:

  {
  "acknowledged": false,
  "license_status": "valid",
  "acknowledge": {
    "message": """This license update requires acknowledgement. To acknowledge the license, please read the following messages and update the license again, this time with the "acknowledge=true" parameter:""",
    "watcher": [
      "Watcher will be disabled"
    ],
    "logstash": [
      "Logstash will no longer poll for centrally-managed pipelines"
    ],
    "security": [
      "The following X-Pack security functionality will be disabled: ..." ]
    }
}

To complete the update, you must re-submit the API request and set the acknowledge parameter to true. For example:

POST _xpack/license?acknowledge=true
{
  "licenses": [
    {
      "uid":"893361dc-9749-4997-93cb-802e3d7fa4xx",
      "type":"basic",
      "issue_date_in_millis":1411948800000,
      "expiry_date_in_millis":1914278399999,
      "max_nodes":1,
      "issued_to":"issuedTo",
      "issuer":"issuer",
      "signature":"xx"
    }
    ]
}

Alternatively:

curl -XPUT -u elastic 'http://<host>:<port>/_xpack/license?acknowledge=true' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d @license.json

For more information about the features that are disabled when you downgrade your license, see License Expiration.