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EVM - Elasticsearch Version Manager

EVM is a simple bash script used for managing multiple Elasticsearch versions on your local machine.


Just download the evm script then make it executable

sudo curl -o /usr/local/bin/evm
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/evm


 evm -h                                     Print help information
 evm -V                                     Print version information
 evm list                                   List all installed Elasticsearch versions
 evm version                                Print the current activated Elasticsearch version
 evm install <version>                      Install a specific Elasticsearch version
 evm use <version>                          Use a specific Elasticsearch version
 evm remove <version>                       Remove a specific Elasticsearch version if available
 evm which [<version>]                      Print path to installed Elasticsearch version
 evm plugin list                            List all installed Elasticsearch plugins
 evm plugin <install|remove> <plugin>       Install or remove an Elasticsearch plugin
 evm start [-c </path/to/config/dir>]       Start Elasticsearch in the background with a specific config directory (optional)
 evm stop                                   Stop Elasticsearch if running
 evm status                                 Check if Elasticsearch is running


 evm install 5.3.1                          Install Elasticsearch 5.3.1
 evm use 5.3.1                              Use Elasticsearch 5.3.1
 evm start                                  Start Elasticsearch node with the default config directory
 evm start -c /etc/elasticsearch            Start Elasticsearch node with /etc/elasticsearch config directory
 evm status                                 Print Elasticsearch running status
 evm stop                                   Stop Elasticsearch if it is running
 evm plugin install x-pack                  Install the x-pack plugin
 evm plugin remove x-pack                   Remove the x-pack plugin


To uninstall, just remove the $EVM_HOME folder (usually ~/.evm)


  • Allows evm install installing pre-release versions: alpha, beta, rc
  • Supports kibana command with following sub commands:
    • kibana install: Install Kibana for current Elasticsearch version
    • kibana remove: Remove Kibana
    • kibana start: Start Kibana
    • kibana stop: Stop current running Kibana
  • Provides option -k for evm start command to allow Kibana starting with Elasticsearch
  • Provides evm update command to allow evm can update itself to latest version


This software is licensed under the Apache License, version 2 ("ALv2"), quoted below.

Copyright 2017 Duy Do

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