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How to install ElasticSearch for Magento 2 on CentOS/RHEL

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ElasticSearch and Magento 2.

ElasticSearch in Magento 2 is not only about search, as the name implies.
It actually speeds up the display of things throughout Magento, e.g. anywhere you browse the catalog, like category pages.
So, for a supporting Magento version, and, if you have adequate RAM available, installing and using ElasticSearch for Magento 2, is a must.

In this short tutorial, I review simple steps on how to set up ElasticSearch in a single-server scenario, on CentOS/RHEL 7 and CentOS/RHEL 8.

Installing ElasticSearch package

The latest Magento, at the time of this writing, supports only ElasticSearch 7.x series, so this is what we are going to install:

First, create repo configuration at /etc/yum.repos.d/elasticsearch.repo:

name=Elasticsearch repository for 7.x packages

Magento 2 docs recommend specifically 7.6.x as being compatible. To install it, run:

sudo yum install --enablerepo=elasticsearch elasticsearch-7.6.*

Alternatively, if you feel lucky, you can try the most recent 7.x:

sudo yum install --enablerepo=elasticsearch elasticsearch

Enable ElasticSearch service by simply running:

sudo systemctl enable --now elasticsearch

Verify it’s running:

curl -XGET 'localhost:9200/_cat/health?v&pretty'

Should yield:

epoch      timestamp cluster       status shards pri relo init unassign pending_tasks max_task_wait_time active_shards_percent
1601396097 16:14:57  elasticsearch yellow          1         1      3   3    0    0        3             0                  -                 50.0%

Configure Elasticsearch within Magento

To configure Magento to use Elasticsearch:

  • Log in to the Magento Admin as an administrator.
  • Click Stores > Settings > Configuration > Catalog > Catalog > Catalog Search.
  • From the Search Engine list, select your Elasticsearch version.

Now, reindex everything:

bin/magento indexer:reindex


If you want to reset ElasticSearch indexes, here’s a handy command:

curl -X DELETE 'http://localhost:9200/_all'

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