Get users APIedit

Retrieves information about users in the native realm and built-in users.


GET /_security/user

GET /_security/user/<username>


  • To use this API, you must have at least the manage_security cluster privilege.


For more information about the native realm, see Realms and Native user authentication.

Path parametersedit

(Optional, string) An identifier for the user. You can specify multiple usernames as a comma-separated list. If you omit this parameter, the API retrieves information about all users.

Response bodyedit

A successful call returns an array of users with the JSON representation of the users. Note that user passwords are not included.

Response codesedit

If the user is not defined in the native realm, the request 404s.


To retrieve a native user, submit a GET request to the /_security/user/<username> endpoint:

GET /_security/user/jacknich
  "jacknich": {
    "username": "jacknich",
    "roles": [
      "admin", "other_role1"
    "full_name": "Jack Nicholson",
    "email": "",
    "metadata": { "intelligence" : 7 },
    "enabled": true

Omit the username to retrieve all users:

GET /_security/user