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Developer Guide (API Version 2015-01-01)

Release Notes for Amazon Elasticsearch Service

This topic describes important changes to Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES).

Relevant Dates to this History:

  • Current product version—2015-01-01

  • Latest product release—14 August 2018

  • Latest documentation update—14 August 2018

Change Description Release Date
Elasticsearch 6.3 and 5.6 Support Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports Elasticsearch version 6.3 and 5.6. To learn more, see Supported Elasticsearch Versions. 14 August 2018
In-place version upgrades Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports in-place version upgrades for Elasticsearch. To learn more, see Upgrading Elasticsearch. 14 August 2018
Error Logs

Amazon ES now supports the publishing of Elasticsearch error logs to CloudWatch Logs. To learn more, see Configuring Logs.

31 July 2018
China (Ningxia) Reserved Instances Amazon ES now offers Reserved Instances in the China (Ningxia) region. 29 May 2018
Reserved Instances Amazon ES now offers Reserved Instances. To learn more, see Amazon Elasticsearch Service Reserved Instances. 7 May 2018
Amazon Cognito Authentication for Kibana Amazon ES now offers login page protection for Kibana. To learn more, see Amazon Cognito Authentication for Kibana. 2 April 2018
Elasticsearch 6.2 Support

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports Elasticsearch version 6.2.

14 March 2018
Korean Analysis Plugin Amazon ES now supports a memory-optimized version of the Seunjeon Korean analysis plugin. 13 March 2018
Instant Access Control Updates Changes to the access control policies on Amazon ES domains now take effect instantly. 7 March 2018
Petabyte Scale Amazon ES now supports i3 instance types and total domain storage of up to 1.5 PB. To learn more, see Petabyte Scale for Amazon Elasticsearch Service. 19 December 2017
Encryption of Data at Rest Amazon ES now supports encryption of data at rest. To learn more, see Encryption of Data at Rest for Amazon Elasticsearch Service. 7 December 2017
Elasticsearch 6.0 Support

Amazon ES now supports Elasticsearch version 6.0. For migration considerations and instructions, see Upgrading Elasticsearch.

6 December 2017
VPC Support

Amazon ES now lets you launch domains within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. VPC support provides an additional layer of security and simplifies communications between Amazon ES and other services within a VPC. To learn more, see VPC Support for Amazon Elasticsearch Service Domains.

17 October 2017
Slow Logs Publishing

Amazon ES now supports the publishing of slow logs to CloudWatch Logs. To learn more, see Configuring Logs.

16 October 2017
Elasticsearch 5.5 Support

Amazon ES now supports Elasticsearch version 5.5. For new feature summaries, see the Amazon announcement of availability.

You can now restore automated snapshots without contacting AWS Support and store scripts using the Elasticsearch _scripts API.

7 September 2017
Elasticsearch 5.3 Support Amazon ES added support for Elasticsearch version 5.3. 1 June 2017
More Instances and EBS Capacity per Cluster Amazon ES now supports up to 100 nodes and 150 TB EBS capacity per cluster. 5 April 2017
Canada (Central) and EU (London) Support Amazon ES added support for the following regions: Canada (Central), ca-central-1 and EU (London), eu-west-2. 20 March 2017
More Instances and Larger EBS Volumes Amazon ES added support for more instances and larger EBS volumes. 21 February 2017
Elasticsearch 5.1 Support Amazon ES added support for Elasticsearch version 5.1. 30 January 2017
Support for the Phonetic Analysis Plugin Amazon ES now provides built-in integration with the Phonetic Analysis plugin, which allows you to run “sounds-like” queries on your data. 22 December 2016
US East (Ohio) Support Amazon ES added support for the following region: US East (Ohio), us-east-2. For a list of regions supported by Amazon ES, see AWS Regions and Endpoints in the AWS General Reference. 17 October 2016
New Performance Metric Amazon ES added a performance metric, ClusterUsedSpace. 29 July 2016
Elasticsearch 2.3 Support Amazon ES added support for Elasticsearch version 2.3. 27 July 2016
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Support Amazon ES added support for the following region: Asia Pacific (Mumbai), ap-south-1. For a list of regions supported by Amazon ES, see AWS Regions and Endpoints in the AWS General Reference. 27 June 2016
More Instances per Cluster Amazon ES increased the maximum number of instances (instance count) per cluster from 10 to 20. 18 May 2016
Asia Pacific (Seoul) Support Amazon ES added support for the following region: Asia Pacific (Seoul), ap-northeast-2. For a list of regions supported by Amazon ES, see AWS Regions and Endpoints in the AWS General Reference. 28 January 2016
Amazon ES Initial release. 1 October 2015