Security Privilegesedit

This section lists the privileges that you can assign to a role.

Cluster Privilegesedit


All cluster administration operations, like snapshotting, node shutdown/restart, settings update, rerouting, or managing users and roles.


All cluster read-only operations, like cluster health and state, hot threads, node info, node and cluster stats, and pending cluster tasks.


All read only machine learning operations, such as getting information about datafeeds, jobs, model snapshots, or results.


All read only watcher operations, such as getting a watch and watcher stats.


Builds on monitor and adds cluster operations that change values in the cluster. This includes snapshotting, updating settings, and rerouting. It also includes obtaining snapshot and restore status. This privilege does not include the ability to manage security.


All operations on index templates.


All machine learning operations, such as creating and deleting datafeeds, jobs, and model snapshots.

Datafeeds run as a system user with elevated privileges, including permission to read all indices.


All operations on ingest pipelines.


All security related operations such as CRUD operations on users and roles and cache clearing.


All watcher operations, such as putting watches, executing, activate or acknowledging.

Watches run as a system user with elevated privileges, including permission to read and write all indices.


All privileges necessary for a transport client to connect. Required by the remote cluster to enable Cross Cluster Search.

Indices Privilegesedit


Any action on an index


All actions that are required for monitoring (recovery, segments info, index stats and status).


All monitor privileges plus index administration (aliases, analyze, cache clear, close, delete, exists, flush, mapping, open, force merge, refresh, settings, search shards, templates, validate).


Read-only access to index metadata (aliases, aliases exists, get index, exists, field mappings, mappings, search shards, type exists, validate, warmers, settings). This privilege is primarily available for use by Kibana users.


Read only access to actions (count, explain, get, mget, get indexed scripts, more like this, multi percolate/search/termvector, percolate, scroll, clear_scroll, search, suggest, tv).


Read only access to the search action from a remote cluster.


Privilege to index and update documents. Also grants access to the update mapping action.


Privilege to index documents. Also grants access to the update mapping action.

This privilege does not restrict the index operation to the creation of documents but instead restricts API use to the index API. The index API allows a user to overwrite a previously indexed document.


Privilege to delete documents.


Privilege to perform all write operations to documents, which includes the permission to index, update, and delete documents as well as performing bulk operations. Also grants access to the update mapping action.


Privilege to delete an index.


Privilege to create an index. A create index request may contain aliases to be added to the index once created. In that case the request requires the manage privilege as well, on both the index and the aliases names.

Run As Privilegeedit

The run_as permission enables an authenticated user to submit requests on behalf of another user. The value can be a user name or a comma-separated list of user names. (You can also specify users as an array of strings or a YAML sequence.) For more information, see Submitting Requests on Behalf of Other Users.