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Elasticsearch: The Definitive Guide

This repository contains the source for the legacy Elasticsearch: The Definitive Guide documentation and is no longer maintained. For the latest information, see the current Elasticsearch documentation.

Building the Definitive Guide

In order to build this project, we rely on our docs infrastructure.

To build the HTML of the complete project, run the following commands:

# clone this repo
git clone
# clone the docs build infrastructure
git clone
# Build HTML and open a browser
cd elasticsearch-definitive-guide
../docs/ --doc book.asciidoc --open

This assumes that you have all necessary prerequisites installed. For a more complete reference, please refer to the README in the docs repo.

The Definitive Guide is written in Asciidoc and the docs repo also contains a short Asciidoc guide.

Supported versions

The Definitive Guide is available for multiple versions of Elasticsearch:


This repository is no longer maintained. Pull requests and issues will not be addressed.

To contribute to the current Elasticsearch docs, refer to the Elasticsearch repository.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

See for the full text of the License.