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The Definitive Guide to Elasticsearch

This repository contains the sources to the "Definitive Guide to Elasticsearch" which you can read online.

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:

  • The branch 1.x applies to Elasticsearch 1.x
  • The branch 2.x applies to Elasticsearch 2.x
  • The branch master applies to master branch of Elasticsearch (the current development version)


Before contributing a change please read our contribution guide.


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

See for the full text of the License.