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Elasticsearch is a distributed RESTful search engine built for the cloud.

To use it in your application, add it to .symfony/services.yaml:

# .symfony/services.yaml
    # supported versions: 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.9
    # 0.90, 1.4, 1.7, 2.4, 5.2, 5.4, 6.5, 7.2 are also available but not maintained upstream
    type: elasticsearch:7.9
    disk: 1024

And wire it in .symfony.cloud.yaml:

# .symfony.cloud.yaml
    elasticsearch: "mysearch:elasticsearch"

Environment Variables

The configuration is exposed via the following environment variables (where ELASTICSEARCH is the upper-cased version of the key defined in the relationship above):

  • ELASTICSEARCH_URL: The full URL of the Elasticsearch service
  • ELASTICSEARCH_HOST: The Elasticsearch host
  • ELASTICSEARCH_PORT: The Elasticsearch port
  • ELASTICSEARCH_SCHEME: The Elasticsearch protocol scheme (http or https)


When you create an index on Elasticsearch, you should not specify number_of_shards and number_of_replicas settings in your Elasticsearch API call. These values will be set automatically based on available resources.


The Elasticsearch 2.4 and later services offer a number of plugins. To enable them, list them under the configuration.plugins key in your .symfony/services.yaml file:

    type: "elasticsearch:7.9"
    disk: 1024
            - analysis-icu
            - lang-python

Available plugins

This is the complete list of official Elasticsearch plugins that can be enabled:

Plugin Description 2.4 5.2 5.4 6.5 7.2
analysis-icu Support ICU Unicode text analysis
analysis-nori Integrates Lucene nori analysis module into Elasticsearch      
analysis-kuromoji Japanese language support
analysis-phonetic Phonetic analysis
analysis-smartcn Smart Chinese Analysis Plugins
analysis-stempel Stempel Polish Analysis Plugin
analysis-ukrainian Ukrainian language support  
cloud-aws AWS Cloud plugin, allows storing indices on AWS S3
delete-by-query Support for deleting documents matching a given query
discovery-multicast Ability to form a cluster using TCP/IP multicast messages
ingest-attachment Extract file attachments in common formats (such as PPT, XLS, and PDF)  
ingest-user-agent Extracts details from the user agent string a browser sends with its web requests  
lang-javascript Javascript language plugin, allows the use of Javascript in Elasticsearch scripts  
lang-python Python language plugin, allows the use of Python in Elasticsearch scripts
mapper-annotated-text Adds support for text fields with markup used to inject annotation tokens into the index      
mapper-attachments Mapper attachments plugin for indexing common file types
mapper-murmur3 Murmur3 mapper plugin for computing hashes at index-time
mapper-size Size mapper plugin, enables the `_size` meta field
repository-s3 Support for using S3 as a repository for Snapshot/Restore  

If there is a publicly available plugin you need that is not listed here, please contact our support team.


The Elasticsearch data format sometimes changes between versions in incompatible ways. Elasticsearch does not include a data upgrade mechanism as it is expected that all indexes can be regenerated from stable data if needed. To upgrade (or downgrade) Elasticsearch you will need to use a new service from scratch.

There are two ways of doing that.


In your .symfony/services.yaml file, change the version of your Elasticsearch service and its name. Then update the name in the .symfony.cloud.yaml relationships block.

When you deploy this change to SymfonyCloud, the old service will be deleted and a new one with the new name is created, with no data. You can then have your application reindex data as appropriate.

This approach is simple but has the downside of temporarily having an empty Elasticsearch instance, which your application may or may not handle gracefully, and needing to rebuild your index afterward. Depending on the size of your data that could take a while.


For a transitional approach you will temporarily have two Elasticsearch services. Add a second Elasticsearch service with the new version and a new name and give it a new relationship in .symfony.cloud.yaml. You can optionally run in that configuration for a while to allow your application to populate indexes in the new service as well.

Once you're ready to cut over, remove the old Elasticsearch service and relationship. You may optionally have the new Elasticsearch service use the old relationship name if that's easier for your application to handle. Your application is now using the new Elasticsearch service.

This approach has the benefit of never being without a working Elasticsearch instance. On the downside, it requires two running Elasticsearch servers temporarily, each of which will consume resources and need adequate disk space. Depending on the size of your data that may be a lot of disk space.

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