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Makes it dead simple to run elasticsearch from your rails project. No external dependencies except java. Just bundle and go!

Note this is not recommended for use in production environments. Use a real elasticsearch deployment there. Only use this for development purposes.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'springboard'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install springboard


Springboard uses elasticsearch version numbers so you can require specific elasticsearch versions in your Gemfile. Create an issue or pull request if you need a version of the gem with a particular elasticsearch version.


This gem packages up the elasticsearch binary distribution with a ruby gem binary on top. It add a config path parameter to the elasticsearch binary. This makes it easier to put a relative config path on the command line:

elasticsearch -c config/elasticsearch -f

All other parameters are passed through to the normal elasticsearch start script.

Note that you almost always want to specify -c. Without it the default elasticsearch configs are used and your data/logs will go into the gem path, almost certainly not what you want.

You can run elasticsearch from a Procfile:

es: bundle exec elasticsearch -c config/elasticsearch -f

A rails generator for elasticsearch config files is included. Run:

rails g springboard:config

to install a sane development config in config/elasticsearch.


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