Open Distro for Elasticsearch Documentation

This site contains the technical documentation for Open Distro for Elasticsearch, the community-driven, 100% open source distribution of Elasticsearch with advanced security, alerting, deep performance analysis, and more.

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Table of contents

  1. Why use Open Distro for Elasticsearch?
  2. Get started
  3. Version history
  4. About Open Distro for Elasticsearch

Why use Open Distro for Elasticsearch?

Open Distro for Elasticsearch is well-suited to the following use cases:

  • Log analytics
  • Real-time application monitoring
  • Clickstream analytics
  • Search backend

Compared to the open source distribution of Elasticsearch, Open Distro for Elasticsearch offers several extra features:

Component Purpose
Elasticsearch Data store and search engine
Kibana Search frontend and visualizations
Security Authentication and access control for your cluster
Alerting Receive alerts when your data meets certain conditions
SQL Use SQL to query your data
Performance Analyzer Monitor and optimize your cluster

Get started


  1. Install and start Docker Desktop.
  2. docker pull amazon/opendistro-for-elasticsearch:0.9.0
  3. docker pull amazon/opendistro-for-elasticsearch-kibana:0.9.0
  4. docker run -p 9200:9200 -p 9600:9600 -e "discovery.type=single-node" amazon/opendistro-for-elasticsearch:0.9.0
  5. In a new terminal session, run:

    curl -XGET --insecure https://localhost:9200 -u admin:admin

To learn more, see Install.

Version history

Open Distro for Elasticsearch version Release highlights Elasticsearch version
0.9.0 Bumps Elasticsearch version. 6.7.1
0.8.0 Bumps Elasticsearch version. 6.6.2
0.7.1 Fixes Kibana multitenancy. 6.5.4
0.7.0 Initial release. 6.5.4

For detailed release notes, see these GitHub repositories:

About Open Distro for Elasticsearch

Open Distro for Elasticsearch is supported by Amazon Web Services. All components are available under the Apache License, Version 2.0 on GitHub.

The project welcomes GitHub issues, bug fixes, features, plugins, documentation‚ÄĒanything at all. To get involved, see Contribute on the Open Distro for Elasticsearch website.