How-To: Install And Configure Elasticsearch On Ubuntu 22.04

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This guide contains instructions on how to install and perform basic configuration of Elasticsearch on a Ubuntu 22.04 machine. The following setup is for development and testing purposes.


  • Ubuntu 22.04
  • Access to a Terminal or Shell Console
  • Java 8 or 11 or later is installed


01. Open a terminal

02. Download the installer via WGet. It is around 500Mb in size.

$ wget
$ wget

03. Validate the downloaded file to assure there are no corrupted files.

$ shasum -a 512 -c elasticsearch-8.4.2-linux-x86_64.tar.gz.sha512

04. Extract the installer

$ tar -xvf elasticsearch-8.4.2-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

05. Navigate to the Elasticsearch directory

$ cd elasticsearch-8.4.2/

06. Run the Elasticsearch. It will continue to run until stopped manually using Ctrl-Z.

$ ./bin/elasticsearch

To run as a daemon use the following.

$ ./bin/elasticsearch -d -p pid

This creates a PID file in the elasticsearch directory. This is the PID that needs to be killed to stop the process.


01. Navigate to the Elasticsearch directory, and edit the configuration file

$ cd {{elasticsearch-directory}}
$ nano config/elasticsearch.yml

02. Update the following section depending on the use case. We turn off the setting to false only on a development environment.

# Temporary set this as false for development environment false

# Elasticsearch Port
# Default port is 9200
# Http.port: 9200

# Data Path
# /path/to/data

# Log Path
# path.logs: /path/to/logs

# Node Name geek-project-node-development-001

# Cluster Name geek-project-cluster-development

03. After making changes, stop Elasticsearch and restart the Elasticsearch program.

04. On a separate terminal, run the following to check the status. If JSON response is returned, the basic installation is completed.

$ curl ''

It will output something like

  "name" : "ubuntu-bionic",
  "cluster_name" : "elasticsearch",
  "cluster_uuid" : "aRxfA2XCRPGcWNKIzfBCEg",
  "version" : {
    "number" : "7.1.1",
    "build_flavor" : "default",
    "build_type" : "tar",
    "build_hash" : "7a013de",
    "build_date" : "2019-05-23T14:04:00.380842Z",
    "build_snapshot" : false,
    "lucene_version" : "8.0.0",
    "minimum_wire_compatibility_version" : "6.8.0",
    "minimum_index_compatibility_version" : "6.0.0-beta1"
  "tagline" : "You Know, for Search"

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