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Elasticsearch docker container

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 developed in Java and is released
as open source under the terms of the Apache License. Elasticsearch is the
second most popular enterprise search engine.

How to use this image

When started Elasticsearch container will listen on ports 9200 and 9300.

Hosting a Elasticsearch instance

sudo docker run -it -d dperson/elasticsearch


sudo docker run -it --rm dperson/elasticsearch -h

Usage: [-opt] [command]
Options (fields in '[]' are optional, '<>' are required):
    -h          This help
    -t ""       Configure timezone
                possible arg: "[timezone]" - zoneinfo timezone for container

The 'command' (if provided and valid) will be run instead of elasticsearch

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES (only available with docker run)

  • TZ - As above, configure the zoneinfo timezone, IE EST5EDT
  • USERID - Set the UID for the app user
  • GROUPID - Set the GID for the app user


Any of the commands can be run at creation with docker run or later with
docker exec -it elasticsearch (as of version 1.3 of docker).

Setting the Timezone

sudo docker run -it -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 -d dperson/elasticsearch \
            -t EST5EDT

OR using environment variables

sudo docker run -it -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 -e TZ=EST5EDT -d \

Will get you the same settings as

sudo docker run -it --name es -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 -d \
sudo docker exec -it es -t EST5EDT ls -AlF /etc/localtime
sudo docker restart es

Complex configuration

Example configs

If you wish to adapt the default configuration, use something like the following
to copy it from a running container:

sudo docker cp es:/opt/elasticsearch/config /some/path

You can use the modified configuration with:

sudo docker run -it --name es -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 \
            -v /some/path:/opt/elasticsearch/config:ro \
            -d dperson/elasticsearch

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