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Painless is a simple, secure scripting language designed specifically for use with Elasticsearch. It is the default scripting language for Elasticsearch and can safely be used for inline and stored scripts. For a detailed description of the Painless syntax and language features, see the Painless Language Specification.
You can use Painless anywhere scripts can be used in Elasticsearch. Painless provides:
- Fast performance: Painless scripts run several times faster than the alternatives.
- Safety: Fine-grained whitelist with method call/field granularity. See the Painless API Reference for a complete list of available classes and methods.
Optional typing: Variables and parameters can use explicit types or the
- Syntax: Extends Java’s syntax to provide Groovy-style scripting language features that make scripts easier to write.
- Optimizations: Designed specifically for Elasticsearch scripting.
Ready to start scripting with Painless? See Getting Started with Painless in the guide to the Painless Scripting Language.
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