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Migration guide

From 3.0.x to 3.0.4

TheHive 3.0.4 (Cerana 0.4) comes with new MISP settings to filter events that will be imported as alerts. Please refer to MISP event filters configuration section. The maximum number of custom fields and metrics in a case is 50 by default. If you try to put more, ElasticSearch will raise an error. You can now increase the limit by adding in your application.conf:

index {
  settings {
    # Maximum number of nested fields
    mapping.nested_fields.limit = 100

The data schema has been changed in Cerana to support some dashboard features. At the first connection, TheHive will ask you to migrate the data. A new index, called the_hive_13 by default, will be created then. See Updating.

From 2.13.x to 3.0.0

The schema of data has been changed in Cerana to integrate dashboard. At the first request, TheHive will ask you to migrate the data. A new index, called the_hive_12 by default, will be created then. See Updating.

From 2.13.0 or 2.13.1 to 2.13.2

At the first connection to TheHive 2.13.2, a migration of the database will be asked. This will create a new ElasticSearch index (the_hive_11 by default). See Updating.

From 2.12.x to 2.13.x

Configuration updates

play.crypto.secret is deprecated, use play.http.secret.key instead.

auth.type is deprecated, use auth.provider instead.

Basic authentication is disabled by default. We strongly recommand to update the clients that rely on the API to interact with TheHive to use the new API key authentication method. This feature has been added in this release. If you need to enable basic authentication, use auth.method.basic=true in application.conf

Note that the TheHive4Py 1.3.0 Python library also adds API key authentication support.

Alert role

A new role "alert" has been added. Only users with this role can create an alert. If you have tool that uses TheHive API to create alerts, you must give the ability to do it in user administration.


TheHive 2.13 uses ElasticSearch 5.x. Our tests have been done on ElasticSearch 5.5. So we recommend to use this specific version, even if TheHive should work perfectly with ElasticSearch 5.6 that doesn't introduce breaking changes.

Data structure migration

Before upgrading ElasticSearch, backup all your indices. Then remove all indices except the last index of TheHive (most probably the_hive_10). You can list all indices with the following command:


ElasticSearch has changed the structure of its data directory (please refer to Path to data on disk). The node name in the path where data are stored (DATA_DIR) must be removed. Stop ElasticSearch and execute the following lines to change the directory structure:

echo -n 'Enter the path of ElasticSearch data: '
echo -n 'Enter the name of your cluster [hive]: '

mv ${DATA_DIR}/${CLUSTER_NAME:=hive}/* ${DATA_DIR}

System requirements

ElasticSearch 5.x requires at least 262144 memory map areas (vm.max_map_count). Run sysctl -w vm.max_map_count=262144. To make this setting persistent after a server restart, add vm.max_map_count = 262144 in /etc/sysctl.conf (or to /etc/sysctl.d/80-elasticsearch.conf)


The configuration of ElasticSearch should contain the following settings: hive
script.inline: true
thread_pool.index.queue_size: 100000 100000
thread_pool.bulk.queue_size: 100000

Adapt and to your environment.


The default ElasticSearch image has been deprecated. It is recommended to use the docker image from

The new image doesn't use the same user ID so you need to change the owner of the data files. You can simply run chown -R 1000.1000 $DATA_DIR (DATA_DIR is the folder which contains ElasticSearch data).

Then you can use the following script:

docker run \
  --name elasticsearch \
  --hostname elasticsearch \
  --rm \
  --publish \
	--publish \
  --volume ***DATA_DIR***:/usr/share/elasticsearch/data \
	-e "" \
	-e "" \
	-e "" \
	-e "" \
  -e "script.inline=true" \
  -e "thread_pool.index.queue_size=100000" \
  -e "" \
  -e "thread_pool.bulk.queue_size=100000" \

Note: TheHive doesn't support X-Pack. Don't enable it.

Warnings You Can Safely Ignore with ES 5.5

ElasticSearch 5.5 will output the following warnings:

  • unexpected docvalues type NONE for field '_parent' (expected one of [SORTED, SORTED_SET]). Re-index with correct docvalues type. You can safely ignore this message. For more information see issues #25849 and #26341
  • License [will expire] on [***]. If you have a new license, please update it. Ignore this warning as TheHive doesn't use Elasticsearch's commercial features.

Note: ElasticSearch 5.6 fixes those warnings.

From 2.11.x to 2.12.x

Database migration

At the first connection to TheHive 2.12, a migration of the database will be asked. This will create a new ElasticSearch index (the_hive_10). See Updating.

From 2.10.x to 2.11.x

Database migration

At the first connection to TheHive 2.11, a migration of the database will be asked. This will create a new ElastciSearch index (the_hive_9). See Updating.

MISP to alert

MISP synchronization is now done using alerting framework. MISP events are seen like other alert. You can use TheHive4py to create your own alert.

Configuration changes

MISP certificate authority deprecated

Specifying certificate authority in MISP configuration using "cert" key is now deprecated. You must replace it by

  • before:
misp {
  cert = "/path/to/truststore.jks"
  • after:
misp {
  ws.ssl.trustManager.stores = [
      type: "JKS"
      path: "/path/to/truststore.jks"

ws key can be placed in MISP server section or in global MISP section. In the latter, ws configuration will be applied on all MISP instances.

Cortex and MISP HTTP client options

HTTP client used by Cortex and MISP is more configurable. Proxy can be configured, with or without authentication. Refer to configuration for all possible options.


New RPM and DEB packages

RPM and DEB packages are now available. This makes the installation easier than using a binary package (ZIP). See the Installation Guide for reference.


All-in-One docker (containing TheHive and Cortex) is not provided any longer. New TheHive docker image doesn't contain ElasticSearch. We recommend to use docker-compose to link TheHive, ElasticSearch and Cortex dockers. For more information, see the Installation Guide for reference.

TheHive configuration is located in /etc/thehive/application.conf for all packages. If you use docker package you must update its location (previously was /opt/docker/conf/application.conf).