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Script Facet Plugin for ElasticSearch


The script facet plugin provides fully scriptable facets for elasticsearch.


Script Facet Plugin Elasticsearch
1.1.2 0.90.3 → master
1.1.1 0.90.2
1.1.0 0.90.0.Beta1 → 0.90.1
1.0.1 0.19.10 → 0.20.99
1.0.0 0.19.10 → 0.20.99


In order to install the plugin, simply run the following command in the elasticsearch home directory:

bin/plugin -install facet-script -url

where VERSION is the version of the plugin from the compatibility table. For examples to install version 1.1.2 run

bin/plugin -install facet-script -url

The script facet plugin can be used for quick custom facet prototyping. The script facet is using three script to initialize, collect and aggregate the facets. A typical script facet request looks like this:

"facets": {
    "facet1": {
        "script": {
            "init_script" : "my_init",
            "map_script": "my_map",
            "combine_script": "my_combine",
            "reduce_script" : "my_reduce",
            "params" : {
                "facet" : [],
                "param1" : "value 1"
            "reduce_params" : {
                "reduce_param1" : "value 1"

A script facet execution can be represented using the following pseudocode:

facets = [];
foreach(shard in shards) {
    init_script(); // Executed once per shard
    foreach(record in search_results(shard)) {
        // Init _field and doc lookup from the record
        map_script(); // Executed once per record
    facets.add(combine_script()); // Executed once per shard after all records are processed
reduce_script(facets); // Executed once per facet request

The init_script, map_script and combine_script scripts are executed on the nodes where shards are allocated. The reduce_script is executed on the node that received the client’s request.

The init_script, map_script and combine_script scripts can access parameters specified in the params field of the request. These scripts can also use node client using _client variable and search context using _ctx variable. The map_script can access the current record using standard document, field and source lookup mechanism.

The content of the params field is initialized with values specified in the facet requests at the beginning of a shard processing and then preserved between all script calls within the shard. The init_script can be used to do additional initialization of the params map, map_script can use the params map to accumulate results of processing and combine_script can retrieve accumulated results from the params map and combine them into intermediate facet for the processed shard. The return values of combine_script calls for all shards are sent to the node where reduce_script is running and accumulated into an array list that is passed to the reduce_script script as a facets parameter. The return value of the reduce_script are returned to the users as a result of the facet query. It’s important to note that return values of the combine_script and reduce_script scripts have to be JSON serializable, which means they can contain only primitive data types, java.util.Date, byte[], Object[], java.util.List, and java.util.Map.

reduce_script can be initialized by the reduce_params object.

The only mandatory parameter of the script facet is map_script. By default, the init_script doesn’t do anything, the combine_script returns the variable named facet and reduce_script simply returns the array of the facets that it received from the shards.


The following request calculates letter frequencies for the letters ‘A’-‘Z’ in the field message.


Fully Scriptable Facets for ElasticSearch







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