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Programming language: Ruby
License: Apache License 2.0
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This repository contains Ruby integrations for Elasticsearch:

  • a client for connecting to an Elasticsearch cluster,
  • a Ruby API for the Elasticsearch's REST API,
  • a Ruby API for the X-Pack APIs,
  • various extensions and utilities.

For integration with Ruby models and Rails applications, see the elasticsearch-rails project.


The Elasticsearch client is compatible with Ruby 1.9 and higher. Other libraries in this repository might require a more recent Ruby version.

The client's API is compatible with Elasticsearch's API versions from 0.90 till current, just use a release matching major version of Elasticsearch.

Gem Version Elasticsearch
0.90 0.90
1.x 1.x
2.x 2.x
5.x 5.x
6.x 6.x
7.x 7.x
master master


Install the elasticsearch package from Rubygems:

gem install elasticsearch

To use an unreleased version, either add it to your Gemfile for Bundler:

gem 'elasticsearch', git: 'git://github.com/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-ruby.git'

or install it from a source code checkout:

git clone https://github.com/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-ruby.git
cd elasticsearch-ruby/elasticsearch
bundle install
rake install


The elasticsearch library is a wrapper for two separate libraries:

require 'elasticsearch'

client = Elasticsearch::Client.new log: true

# if you specify Elasticsearch host
# client = Elasticsearch::Client.new url: 'http://localhost:9200', log: true



client.search q: 'test'

# etc.

Both of these libraries are extensively documented. Please read the elasticsearch-transport and the elasticsearch-api documentation carefully.

Keep in mind, that for optimal performance, you should use a HTTP library which supports persistent ("keep-alive") connections, e.g. Patron or Typhoeus. These libraries are not dependencies of the elasticsearch gems, so be sure to define a dependency in your own application.

This repository contains these additional Ruby libraries:

Please see their respective READMEs for information and documentation.


Build Status Code Climate

To work on the code, clone and bootstrap the project first:

git clone https://github.com/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-ruby.git
cd elasticsearch-ruby/
rake setup
rake bundle

This will clone the Elasticsearch repository into the project, and run bundle install in all subprojects.

To run tests, you need to start a testing cluster on port 9250, or provide a different one in the TEST_CLUSTER_PORT environment variable.

There's a Rake task to start the testing cluster:

rake test:cluster:start

You can configure the port, path to the startup script, number of nodes, and other settings with environment variables:

TEST_CLUSTER_COMMAND=./tmp/builds/elasticsearch-2.0.0-SNAPSHOT/bin/elasticsearch \
TEST_CLUSTER_NAME=my_cluster \
TEST_CLUSTER_PARAMS='-Xms500m -Xmx500m -D es.index.store.type=niofs' \
rake test:cluster:start

To run tests against unreleased Elasticsearch versions, you can use the rake elasticsearch:build Rake task to build Elasticsearch from the cloned source (use rake elasticsearch:update to update the repository):

Note: If you have gems from the elasticsearch family installed system-wide, and want to use development ones, prepend the command with bundle exec.

rake elasticsearch:build

You can pass a branch name (tag, commit, ...) as the Rake task variable:

rake elasticsearch:build[origin/1.x]

To run all the tests in all the subprojects, use the Rake task:

time rake test:all


This software is licensed under the [Apache 2 license](./LICENSE).

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the elasticsearch-ruby README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.