Elasticsearch Client for Scala that operates against the REST Endpoint
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Elasticsearch Client

The Sumo Logic Elasticsearch library provides Elasticsearch bindings with a Scala DSL. Unlike other Scala libraries like elastic4s this library targets the REST API. The REST API has a two primary advantages:

  1. Ability to upgrade Elasticsearch without the need to atomically also upgrade the client.
  2. Ability to use hosted Elasticsearch such as the version provided by AWS.

This project is currently targeted at Elasticsearch 6.0.x.

Along with a basic Elasticsearch client (elasticsearch-core), helper functionality for using Elasticsearch with Akka (elasticssearch-akka) and AWS (elasticsearch-aws) is also provided. The goal of the DSL is to keep it as simple as possible, occasionally sacrifing some end-user boilerplate to maintain a DSL that is easy to modify and add to. The DSL attempts to be type-safe in that it should be impossible to create an invalid Elasticsearch query. Rather than be as compact as possible, the DSL aims to closely reflect the JSON it generates when reasonable. This makes it easier discover how to access functionality than a traditional maximally compact DSL.

Install / Download

The library components are offered a la carte:

  • elasticsearch-core contains the basic Elasticsearch client and typesafe DSL
  • elasticsearch-aws contains utilities for using AWS Hosted Elasticsearch.
  • elasticsearch-akka contains Actors to use with Akka & Akka Streams
  • elasticsearch-test contains a test harness to test against a in JVM Elasticsearch instance





All client methods return futures that can be composed to perform multiple actions.

Basic Usage

val restClient = new RestlasticSearchClient(new StaticEndpoint(new Endpoint(host, port)))
val index = Index("index-name")
val tpe = Type("type")
val indexFuture = for {
  _ <- restClient.createIndex(index)
  indexResult <- restClient.index(index, tpe, Document("docId", Map("text" -> "Hello World!")))
Await.result(indexFuture, 10.seconds)
// Need to wait for a flush. In ElasticsearchIntegrationTest, you can just call "refresh()"
restClient.query(index, tpe, QueryRoot(TermQuery("text", "Hello World!"))).map { res =>
  println(res.sourceAsMap) // List(Map(text -> Hello World))

https://github.com/SumoLogic/elasticsearch-client/blob/master/elasticsearch-core/src/test/scala/com/sumologic/elasticsearch/restlastic/RestlasticSearchClientTest.scala provides other basic examples.

Using the BulkIndexerActor

NOTE: to use the BulkIndexerActor you must add a dependency to elasticsearch-akka.

The BulkIndexer actor provides a single-document style interface that actually delegates to the bulk API. This allows you to keep your code simple while still getting the performance benefits of bulk inserts and updates. The BulkIndexerActor has two configurable parameters:

  • maxDocuments: The number of documents at which a bulk request will be flushed
  • flushDuration: If the maxDocuments limit is not hit, it will flush after flushDuration.
val restClient: RestlasticSearchClient = ...
val (index, tpe) = (Index("i"), Type("t"))
// Designed for potentially dynamic configuration:
val config = new BulkConfig(
  flushDuration = () => FiniteDuration(2, TimeUnit.Seconds),
  maxDocuments = () => 2000)
val bulkActor = context.actorOf(BulkIndexerActor.props(restClient, config))
val sess = BulkSession.create()
val resultFuture = bulkActor ? CreateRequest(sess, index, tpe, Document("id", Map("k" -> "v")))
val resultFuture2 = bulkActor ? CreateRequest(sess, index, tpe, Document("id", Map("k" -> "v")))
// The resultFuture contains a `sessionId` you can use to match up replies with requests assuming you do not use
// the ask pattern as above.
// The two requests will be batched into a single bulk request and sent to Elasticsearch 

You can also use the Bulk api directly via the REST client:

restClient.bulkIndex(index, tpe, Seq(doc1, doc2, doc3))

Usage With AWS

One common way to configure AWS Elasticsearch is with IAM roles. This requires you to sign every request you send to Elasticsearch with your use key. The elasticsearch-aws module includes a request signer for this purpose:

import com.sumologic.elasticsearch.util.AwsRequestSigner
import com.amazonaws.auth.AWSCredentials
val awsCredentials = _ // Credentials for the AWS user that has permissions to access Elasticsearch
val signer = new AwsRequestSigner(awsCredentials, "REGION", "es")
// You can also create your own dynamic endpoint class based off runtime configuration or the AWS API.
val endpoint = new StaticEndpoint(new Endpoint("es.blahblahblah.amazon.com", 443))
val restClient = new RestlasticSearchClient(endpoint, Some(signer))

restClient will now sign every request automatically with your AWS credentials.


Sumo Logic Elasticsearch uses Maven and the Maven GPG Plug-in for builds and testing. After cloning the repository make sure you have a GPG key created. Then run maven clean install.