import and expot tools for elasticsearch

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Tools for moving and saving indicies.


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npm install elasticdump


npm install elasticdump -g


elasticdump works by sending an input to an output. Both can be either an elasticsearch URL or a File.


  • format: {proticol}://{host}:{port}/{index}
  • example:


  • format: {FilePath}
  • example: /Users/evantahler/Desktop/dump.json


  • format: stdin / stdout
  • format: $

You can then do things like:

  • Copy an index from production to staging:
    • elasticdump --input=http://production.es.com:9200/my_index --output=http://staging.es.com:9200/my_index
  • Backup an index to a file:
    • elasticdump --input=http://production.es.com:9200/my_index --output=/var/data/es.json
  • Backup and index to a gzip using stdout:
    • elasticdump --input=http://production.es.com:9200/my_index --output=$ | gzip > /var/data/es.gz
  • Backup ALL indices, then use Bulk API to load populate another ES cluster:
    • elasticdump --all=true --input=http://staging.es.com:9200/ --output=/var/dat/es.json
    • elasticdump --all=true --input=/var/dat/es.json --output=http://production.es.com:9200/ --bulk=true


  • --input (required) (see above)
  • --output (required) (see above)
  • --limit how many ojbects to move in bulk per operation (default: 100)
  • --debug display the elasticsearch commands being used (default: false)
  • --delete delete documents one-by-one from the input as they are moved (default: false)
  • --all load/store documents from ALL indices (default: false)
  • --bulk leverage elasticsearch Bulk API when writing documents (default: false)


  • elasticdump (and elasticsearch in general) will create indices if they don't exist upon import
  • we are using the put method to write objects. This means new objects will be created and old objects with the same ID will be updated
  • the file transport will overwrite any existing files
  • If you need basic http auth, you can use it like this: --input=http://name:password@production.es.com:9200/my_index
  • if you choose a stdio output (--output=$), you can also request a more human-readable output with --format=human
  • if you choose a stdio output (--output=$), all logging output will be suppressed

Inspired by https://github.com/crate/elasticsearch-inout-plugin and https://github.com/jprante/elasticsearch-knapsack

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