Installing Workplace Search

The Workplace Search offering is currently available as beta software, in the form of a self-managed deployable binary. It can be downloaded free for experimentation and evaluation.

Workplace Search beta feedback is always welcome and appreciated. Don’t hesitate to send us an email!

Supported platforms:

  • Linux: x86_64 only
  • MacOS X: 10.13 - 10.1x (64-bit only)
  • Windows: Not supported

Minimum hardware:

  • ~4GB of free RAM or 6GB if Elasticsearch is running on the same machine.
  • 2GB for App Server.
  • 2GB for Worker.
  • 50Mb for Filebeat and other processes.
  • 5GB of disk space available.


If you do not have access to a Platinum license, a trial license is automatically applied for you upon the first succesful boot. Trial licenses are valid for 30 days.

Running Workplace Search

First, you’ll need to get Elasticsearch up and running with security features:

Step 1. Download Elasticsearch 7.6.x and navigate to the newly unpacked directory.

Step 2. Locate the config/elasticsearch.yml configuration file and edit the following setting to enable Elasticsearch’s Security features: true

Step 3. Start Elasticsearch:

$ bin/elasticsearch

Step 4. Open a new terminal window, and navigate to the Elasticsearch directory. From here, we must generate a random password for the elastic user, which will be used by Workplace Search to securely communicate with the underlying Elasticsearch cluster:

$ bin/elasticsearch-setup-passwords auto

Locate the password for the elastic user as output in the console and keep it handy: we will need it in a few moments.

The second part is done within Workplace Search:

Step 5. Download Workplace Search 7.6.x and navigate to the newly unpacked directory.

Step 6. Locate the config/enterprise-search.yml file and edit the following settings using the recently generated password:

    ent_search.auth.source: standard
    elasticsearch.username: elastic
    elasticsearch.password: [ELASTIC_USER_PASSWORD]
    allow_es_settings_modification: true

The allow_es_settings_modification: true configuration must be properly set for Workplace Search to adequately run.

Step 7. To start Workplace Search, run the boot command and provide a default user password, which will be to log in to the Workplace Search admnistrative experience:

$ ENT_SEARCH_DEFAULT_PASSWORD=passwordexample bin/enterprise-search

Should you choose not to provide a default password, a random passphrase will be generated for you on the first boot sequence, and will be output in the console

Step 8. Head to http://localhost:3002. You will be presented with a one-time deployment status report. If the Elasticsearch cluster is not already running with a Platinum license applied, a trial license is automatically applied for you and will be valid for 30 days.

With the enterprise_search user in hand and the password provided at boot time, proceed to the next step to log in.

Voilà! You’re up and running, and ready to take on your Workplace Search project. Read the Getting started guide for more information on setting up Elastic Workplace Search as an administrator.

Elasticsearch Cluster Settings

Workplace Search makes alterations to the auto_create_index persist and transient settings within Elasticsearch.

Avoid making changes to those setting as doing so will create issues.

Read the Elasticsearch reference docs for more information.

Password Reset Tips

Run the binary with an attached --reset-auth command:

  • Standard Auth: Resets login and generates new random password.
  • elasticsearch-native and elasticsearch-saml: Removes the current role mappings. All users are granted the owner role.