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Open Distro for Elasticsearch build

This repo contains the scripts for building Open Distro for Elasticsearch Docker images in the directory docker/ and Linux distributions (RPM & DEB) in the directory linux_distributions/.

The default version to build is set in version.json for both Docker and Linux distributions.

Getting started

git clone

Change directory to make sure you're in the right directory either elasticsearch/docker or elasticsearch/linux_distributions.



The docker build scripts are based on elastic/elasticsearch-docker

The image is built on CentOS 7.

Supported Docker versions

The images have been tested on Docker 18.09.2.


A full build and test requires the dependencies listed below. The build scripts have been tested on Ubuntu 18.04 and Mac OS X. The following installation instructions assume Ubuntu 18.04.

  • Docker
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install
sudo usermod -a -G docker $USER

Then log out and back in again.

  • GNU Make

  • Python 3.5 with


    sudo apt install python3-pip

    and virtualenv

    sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv

Running a build

Make sure you are in the directory elasticsearch/docker.


make build

to build an image based on the versions set in version.json

To build an image with a different version of Open Distro for Elasticsearch, either change version.json or run Make while specifying the exact version of Open Distro for Elasticsearch AND Elasticsearch.

For example:


For running builds with a different repository name, run the following

OPENDISTRO_REPOSITORY=<repo_name> make build

To run a elasticsearch cluster with the docker images you just build, run the following

OPENDISTRO_VERSION=0.8.0 ELASTIC_VERSION=6.6.2 make run-cluster
OPENDISTRO_VERSION=0.8.0 ELASTIC_VERSION=6.6.2 make run-single

Build a docker image with local artifacts

If you are interested in building a image with local artifacts,

  1. Download the artifacts under build/elasticsearch/<new_folder>/elasticsearch-plugins folder.
  2. Ensure that the relative path of the plugin zips to this folder is same as the ones mentioned in PLUGIN_URL_PATHS. (e.g. the path for sql zip should be build/elasticsearch/downloads/elasticsearch-plugins/opendistro-sql/ when ARTIFACTS_DIR=downloads. Any other path of the zip won't work. Other way is to override the plugin url path itself.)
ARTIFACTS_DIR=<new_folder> make
ARTIFACTS_DIR=<new_folder> PLUGIN_URL_PATHS=<opendistrozip path relative to <new_folder>/elasticsearch-plugins> make

Testing the image

make test

Linux Distributions


Make sure you are in the directory elasticsearch/linux_distributions folder and have Java installed (assume you are using Ubuntu 18.04).

  • Java
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

To build the rpm package

./gradlew buildRpm --console=plain -Dbuild.snapshot=false -b build.gradle

To build the deb package

./gradlew buildDeb --console=plain -Dbuild.snapshot=false -b build.gradle

To build rpm & deb packages

./gradlew buildPackages --console=plain -Dbuild.snapshot=false -b build.gradle


Open Distro for Elasticsearch is and will remain 100% open source under the Apache 2.0 license. As the project grows, we invite you to join the project and contribute. We want to make it easy for you to get started and remove friction — no lengthy Contributor License Agreement — so you can focus on writing great code.


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