Amazon Elasticsearch Service
Developer Guide (API Version 2015-01-01)

Document History for Amazon Elasticsearch Service

This topic describes important changes to Amazon Elasticsearch Service.

Relevant Dates to this History:

  • Current product version—2015-01-01

  • Latest product release—January 17, 2018

  • Latest documentation update—January 17, 2018

Release Notes

The following table describes important changes to Amazon ES. For notifications about updates, you can subscribe to the RSS feed.

Change Description Date

Service Software Updates

Amazon ES now lets you manually update the service software for your domain in order to benefit from new features more quickly or update at a low traffic time. To learn more, see Service Software Updates.

November 20, 2018

New CloudWatch Metrics

Amazon ES now offers node-level metrics and new Cluster health and Instance health tabs in the Amazon ES console. To learn more, see Monitoring Cluster Metrics.

November 20, 2018

R20180914 (Service Software)

Adds detailed cluster health monitoring, additional patches, and service enhancements.

November 19, 2018

China (Beijing) Support

Amazon Elasticsearch Service is now available in the cn-north-1 region, where it supports the M4, C4, and R4 instance types.

October 17, 2018

Node-to-node Encryption

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports node-to-node encryption, which keeps your data encrypted as Elasticsearch distributes it throughout your cluster. To learn more, see Node-to-node Encryption.

September 18, 2018

R20180817 (Service Software)

Support for node-to-node encryption and new CloudWatch metrics.

August 17, 2018

In-place version upgrades

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports in-place version upgrades for Elasticsearch. To learn more, see Upgrading Elasticsearch.

August 14, 2018

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.

August 14, 2018

Error Logs

Amazon ES now lets you publish Elasticsearch error logs to Amazon CloudWatch. To learn more, see Configuring Logs.

July 31, 2018

R20180719 (Service Software)

Support for new Elasticsearch versions and bug fixes.

July 19, 2018

R20180621 (Service Software)

Improvements to automated snapshots.

June 21, 2018

China (Ningxia) Reserved Instances

Amazon ES now offers Reserved Instances in the China (Ningxia) region.

May 29, 2018

R20180522 (Service Software)

Security fixes.

May 22, 2018

Reserved Instances

Amazon ES now offers Reserved Instances. To learn more, see Amazon ES Reserved Instances.

May 7, 2018

Earlier Updates

The following table describes important changes Amazon ES before May 2018.

Change Description Date
Amazon Cognito Authentication for Kibana Amazon ES now offers login page protection for Kibana. To learn more, see Amazon Cognito Authentication for Kibana. April 2, 2018
Elasticsearch 6.2 Support

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports Elasticsearch version 6.2.

March 14, 2018
Korean Analysis Plugin Amazon ES now supports a memory-optimized version of the Seunjeon Korean analysis plugin. March 13, 2018
Instant Access Control Updates Changes to the access control policies on Amazon ES domains now take effect instantly. March 7, 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. December 7, 2017
Elasticsearch 6.0 Support

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

December 6, 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.

October 17, 2017
Slow Logs Publishing

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

October 16, 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.

September 7, 2017
Elasticsearch 5.3 Support Amazon ES added support for Elasticsearch version 5.3. June 1, 2017
More Instances and EBS Capacity per Cluster Amazon ES now supports up to 100 nodes and 150 TB EBS capacity per cluster. April 5, 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. March 20, 2017
More Instances and Larger EBS Volumes Amazon ES added support for more instances and larger EBS volumes. February 21, 2017
Elasticsearch 5.1 Support Amazon ES added support for Elasticsearch version 5.1. January 30, 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. December 22, 2016
US East (Ohio) Support Amazon ES added support for the following region: US East (Ohio), us-east-2. October 17, 2016
New Performance Metric Amazon ES added a performance metric, ClusterUsedSpace. July 29, 2016
Elasticsearch 2.3 Support Amazon ES added support for Elasticsearch version 2.3. July 27, 2016
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Support Amazon ES added support for the following region: Asia Pacific (Mumbai), ap-south-1. June 27, 2016
More Instances per Cluster Amazon ES increased the maximum number of instances (instance count) per cluster from 10 to 20. May 18, 2016
Asia Pacific (Seoul) Support Amazon ES added support for the following region: Asia Pacific (Seoul), ap-northeast-2. January 28, 2016
Amazon ES Initial release. October 1, 2015