Gatherers are scalable components for fetching and indexing data into Elasticsearch. They are designed as replacement for rivers.
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Elasticsearch Gatherer Plugin

The gatherer plugin for Elasticsearch is a framework for scalable data fetching and indexing. Content adapters are implemented in gatherer zip archives which are a special kind of plugins distributable over Elasticsearch nodes. They can receive job requests and execute them in local queues. Job states are maintained in a special index.

This plugin is under development.

Milestone 1 - deploy gatherer zips to nodes

Milestone 2 - job specification and execution

Milestone 3 - porting JDBC river to JDBC gatherer

Milestone 4 - gatherer job distribution by load/queue length/node name, cron jobs

Milestone 5 - more gatherers, more content adapters

Milestone 1 is reached: basic deployment of gatherer zips works:

curl -XPOST '0:9200/_deploy?name=test&path=/tmp/'

curl '0:9200/_nodes?pretty'
  "ok" : true,
  "cluster_name" : "elasticsearch",
  "nodes" : {
    "5gMqZ00JQ72RhnUdBnDc6g" : {
      "name" : "Thinker",
      "transport_address" : "inet[/]",
      "hostname" : "Jorg-Prantes-MacBook-Pro.local",
      "version" : "0.90.9",
      "gatherer.length" : "0",
      "http_address" : "inet[/]",
      "gatherer.modules" : "test/dummy-gatherer",
      "gatherer.load" : "2.4326171875"



Elasticsearch 0.90+
ES version Plugin Release date Command
0.90.9   ./bin/plugin --install gatherer --url

Do not forget to restart the node after installing.

Project docs

The Maven project site is available at Github


Binaries are available at Bintray




This program contains modified source code taken from Apache Geronimo (URIClassLoader) and Quartz Scheduler (Cron Expression parser).


Elasticsearch Gatherer Plugin

Copyright (C) 2014 Jörg Prante

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