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Last pushed: 19 days ago
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Elasticsearch is a powerful open source search and analytics engine that makes data easy to explore.
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This image is officially deprecated in favor of the elasticsearch image provided by which is available to pull via[version] like 5.2.1. This image will receive no further updates after 2017-06-20 (June 20, 2017). Please adjust your usage accordingly.

Elastic provides open-source support for Elasticsearch via the elastic/elasticsearch GitHub repository and the Docker image via the elastic/elasticsearch-docker GitHub repository, as well as community support via its forums.

Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

Quick reference

What is Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch is a search server based on Lucene. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with a RESTful web interface and schema-free JSON documents.

Elasticsearch is a registered trademark of Elasticsearch BV.

How to use this image


Note: since 5.0, Elasticsearch only listens on localhost by default on both http and transport, so this image sets to (given that localhost is not terribly useful in the Docker context).

As a result, this image does not support clustering out of the box and extra configuration must be set in order to support it.

Supporting clustering implies having Elasticsearch in a production mode which is more strict about the bootstrap checks that it performs, especially when checking the value of vm.max_map_count which is not namespaced and thus must be set to an acceptable value on the host (as opposed to simply using --sysctl on docker run).

One example of adding clustering support is to pass the configuration on the docker run:

$ docker run -d --name elas elasticsearch -Ediscovery.zen.minimum_master_nodes=1

See the following sections of the upstream documentation for more information:

This comment in elastic/elasticsearch#4978 shows why this change was added in upstream.

Elasticsearch will not start in production mode if vm.max_map_count is not high enough. [...] If the value on your system is NOT high enough, then your cluster is going to crash and burn at some stage and you will lose data.

Running Containers

You can run the default elasticsearch command simply:

$ docker run -d elasticsearch

You can also pass in additional flags to elasticsearch:

$ docker run -d elasticsearch"TestNode"

This image comes with a default set of configuration files for elasticsearch, but if you want to provide your own set of configuration files, you can do so via a volume mounted at /usr/share/elasticsearch/config:

$ docker run -d -v "$PWD/config":/usr/share/elasticsearch/config elasticsearch

This image is configured with a volume at /usr/share/elasticsearch/data to hold the persisted index data. Use that path if you would like to keep the data in a mounted volume:

$ docker run -d -v "$PWD/esdata":/usr/share/elasticsearch/data elasticsearch

This image includes EXPOSE 9200 9300 (default http.port), so standard container linking will make it automatically available to the linked containers.

Image Variants

The elasticsearch images come in many flavors, each designed for a specific use case.


This is the defacto image. If you are unsure about what your needs are, you probably want to use this one. It is designed to be used both as a throw away container (mount your source code and start the container to start your app), as well as the base to build other images off of.


This image is based on the popular Alpine Linux project, available in the alpine official image. Alpine Linux is much smaller than most distribution base images (~5MB), and thus leads to much slimmer images in general.

This variant is highly recommended when final image size being as small as possible is desired. The main caveat to note is that it does use musl libc instead of glibc and friends, so certain software might run into issues depending on the depth of their libc requirements. However, most software doesn't have an issue with this, so this variant is usually a very safe choice. See this Hacker News comment thread for more discussion of the issues that might arise and some pro/con comparisons of using Alpine-based images.

To minimize image size, it's uncommon for additional related tools (such as git or bash) to be included in Alpine-based images. Using this image as a base, add the things you need in your own Dockerfile (see the alpine image description for examples of how to install packages if you are unfamiliar).


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Comments (79)
3 days ago

I understand that this image has been deprecated, but I'll ask here anyways, in case someone can help.

I am experimenting with version 5.0 of this image on a small EC2 machine (Ubuntu, Micro T2). I adjusted the max and min heap settings using -e ES_JAVA_OPTS="-Xms512m -Xmx512m". The container is starting and running, but it eventually stops after a day, but nothing gets logged, so it's difficult to troubleshoot.

I suspect that the issue is with the memory available on the machine, as it is a very small instance. Can anyone help? Was anyone able to run Elasticsearch (in Docker) on such as small virtual machine in the past?

Thank you for your time.

11 days ago

The reason seems to be that they want people to pay for the X-pack features. Anyone seeing any other explanation for the move?

17 days ago

+1 - Dear! Please continue support for THIS repository here.

19 days ago

"elasticsearch:latest" still pulling 5.2.2, but the kibana container is at 5.3 and errors when using 5.2.2. Can you push the 5.3 container? I see it on github so I know it exists.

Thank you

19 days ago

I was forced to do this:

Instead of this:

in order to get the config volume working properly.

23 days ago

Terrible move by to move to their own docker hosting. Why on earth would they do this??? I can't even see what tags are available, and it doesn't look like the alpine tags are there.

24 days ago

+1 Don't move to dedicated docker hosting. We can't see the images available anymore (no web UI). Also, tried to upgrade from 5.2.2 to new 5.3.0 image from, everything fails with AccessDeniedException. It's a complete mess.

25 days ago

Please rethink the decision to deprecate this. I just started migrating our infrastructure from Puppet to Docker and this breaks our ability to use Artifactory as a docker proxy for our company.

a month ago

If you are going to deprecate this and force us to use then you need to make sure all versions are available there.

I need to test some things against 1.7 and 2.2 and neither of those are available at the new location.

a month ago

Why the f*ck???? Does site has info on which tags and versions are available??? NO!

This was completely unnecessary!