Search engine prerequisites

As of Adobe Commerce 2.4, all installations must be configured to use Elasticsearch or OpenSearch as the catalog search solution.

OpenSearch support was added in 2.4.4. OpenSearch is a compatible fork of ElasticSearch. All instructions to configure ElasticSearch 7 apply to OpenSearch. Migrate from Elasticsearch to OpenSearch provides guidance on switching to OpenSearch.

Supported versions

You must install and configure either Elasticsearch or OpenSearch before installing Adobe Commerce 2.4.4 and later.

Refer to the System Requirements for specific version information.

We recommend the following:

Installation location

The following tasks assume that you have configured your system according to the following diagram:

Search Engine diagram

The preceding diagram shows:

  • The Commerce application and the search engine are installed on different hosts.

    Running on separate hosts requires proxying to work. (Clustering the search engine is beyond the scope of this guide, but you can find more information in the Elasticsearch clustering documentation.)

  • Each host has its own web server; the web servers do not have to be the same.

    For example, the Commerce application can run Apache and the search engine can run nginx.

  • Both web servers use Transport Layer Security (TLS).

    Setting up TLS is beyond the scope of our documentation.

Search requests are processed as follows:

  1. A search request from a user is received by the Commerce web server, which forwards it to the search engine server.

    You configure the search engine to connect to the proxy’s host and port. We recommend the web server’s SSL port (by default, 443).

  2. The search engine web server (listening on port 443) proxies the request to the search engine server (by default, it listens on port 9200).

  3. Access to the search engine is further protected by HTTP Basic authentication. For a request to reach the search engine, it must travel over SSL and provide a valid username and password.

  4. The search engine processes the request.

  5. Communication returns along the same route, with the Elasticsearch web server acting as a secure reverse proxy.


The tasks discussed in this section require the following:

Firewall and SELinux

Security-related software (iptables, SELinux, AppArmor) may be configured by default to block communication between subsystems. It may be a good idea to check them if there are problems.

Set up rules for iptables and SELinux

To set up rules to allow communication with the firewall or SELinux enabled, consult the following resources:

Install the Java Software Development Kit

To determine if Java is already installed, enter the following command:

java -version

If the message java: command not found displays, you must install the Java SDK as discussed in the next section.

See one of the following sections:

Install the JDK on CentOS

See this Digital Ocean tutorial.

Be sure to install the JDK and not the JRE.

yum -y install java-1.8.0-openjdk
Java version 8 might not be available for all operating systems. For example, you can search the list of available packages for Ubuntu.

Install the JDK on Ubuntu

To install JDK 1.8 on Ubuntu, enter the following commands as a user with root privileges:

apt-get -y update
apt-get install -y openjdk-8-jdk

For other options, see Oracle documentation.

Install the search engine

Follow Installing Elasticsearch or Install and configure OpenSearch for your platform-specific steps.

To verify that Elasticsearch is working, enter the following command on the server on which it is running:

curl -XGET '<host>:9200/_cat/health?v&pretty'

A message similar to the following is displayed:

epoch      timestamp cluster       status shards pri relo init unassign pending_tasks
1519701563 03:19:23  elasticsearch green           1         1      0   0    0    0        0             0

To verify OpenSearch is working, enter the following commands:

curl -XGET https://<host>:9200 -u 'admin:admin' --insecure
curl -XGET https://<host>:9200/_cat/plugins?v -u 'admin:admin' --insecure

Upgrading Elasticsearch

Refer to Upgrading Elasticsearch for full instructions on backing up your data, detecting potential migration issues, and testing upgrades before deploying to production. Depending on your current version of Elasticsearch, a full cluster restart may or may not be required.

Elasticsearch requires JDK 1.8 or higher. See Install the Java Software Development Kit to check which version of JDK is installed.

Additional resources

See the Elasticsearch or OpenSearch documentation.