I have a self hosted Elasticsearch 6.2 cluster (2 master nodes, ~200Gb data each).

I plan to move to AWS Elasticsearch service & it's not possible to ssh into it.

What's the fastest way to move all indices from an old ES cluster to the cloud one?

On a self hosted ES I could copy the indices folder to a new ES & that's it.

  • You can use logstash to read from one and write to the other – TheFiddlerWins May 29 '18 at 18:42

Use a tool for dumping & restoring Elasticsearch data, like Elasticdump (https://www.npmjs.com/package/elasticdump).

You can easily use bash to transfer all of the indexes from one instance to another, like so:


es_indexes=$(curl -s "${old_instance}/_cat/indices" | awk '{ print $3 }')

for index in $es_indexes; do
  elasticdump \
    --input="${old_instance}/${index}" \
    --output="${new_instance}/${index}" \

  elasticdump \
    --input="${old_instance}/${index}" \
    --output="${new_instance}/${index}" \
  • Will it work for AWS ES though? It requires v4 signing of requests which is one of my concerns – GTXBxaKgCANmT9D9 May 29 '18 at 18:51
  • I unfortunately don't know - I don't use their managed ES. The tool has command line flags for specifying AWS credentials so I guess it's worth a try ;) – Wiesław Herr May 29 '18 at 22:06

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