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Thrift Transport for Elasticsearch

DEPRECATED: The thrift transport is deprecated as of Elasticsearch v1.5.0, and will be removed in 2.0

The thrift transport plugin allows to use the REST interface over thrift on top of HTTP.

In order to install the plugin, simply run:

bin/plugin install elasticsearch/elasticsearch-transport-thrift/2.7.0

You need to install a version matching your Elasticsearch version:

elasticsearch Thrift Plugin Docs
master Build from source See below
es-1.7 2.7.0 2.7.0
es-1.6 2.6.0 2.6.0
es-1.5 2.5.0 2.5.0
es-1.4 2.4.1 2.4.1
es-1.3 2.3.0 2.3.0
es-1.2 2.2.0 2.2.0
es-1.0 2.0.0 2.0.0
es-0.90 1.8.0 1.8.0

To build a SNAPSHOT version, you need to build it with Maven:

mvn clean install
plugin --install transport-thrift \
       --url file:target/releases/


The thrift definition can be found under the elasticsearch.thrift file.

The thrift schema can be used to generate thrift clients.

  • thrift.port: The port to bind to. Defaults to 9500-9600.
  • thrift.frame: Defaults to -1, which means no framing. Set to a higher value to specify the frame size (like 15mb).
  • thrift.bind_host: Set explicit bindings for thrift protocol. Defaults to transport.bind_host or
  • thrift.publish_host: Set explicit bindings for thrift protocol. Defaults to transport.publish_host or
  • thrift.protocol: binary (default) which use Binary protocol or compact which uses Compact Protocol. See Thrift documentation.


This software is licensed under the Apache 2 license, quoted below.

Copyright 2009-2014 Elasticsearch <>

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