Implementing an Embedded ElasticSearch Server

Hi all, recently I added an embedded ElasticSearch server for the upcoming release of  AdroitLogic UltraESB. Embedded ES Server will be useful when a large ES cluster is not required and also for ES integration tests. Let’s have a look at the code.

import org.adroitlogic.logging.api.Logger;
import org.adroitlogic.logging.api.LoggerFactory;
import org.adroitlogic.ultraesb.api.monitoring.StatisticsServer;
import org.elasticsearch.client.Client;
import org.elasticsearch.common.settings.Settings;
import org.elasticsearch.node.Node;

import static org.elasticsearch.node.NodeBuilder.nodeBuilder;

 * @author rajind
 * Implementation of embedded elasticsearch server.

public class ElasticSearchStatisticsServer implements StatisticsServer {

    private Node node;
    private static final Logger logger= LoggerFactory.getLogger(ElasticSearchStatisticsServer.class);

    private static final String ES_PROPERTY_PATH_HOME = "path.home";
    private static final String ES_PROPERTY_PATH_CONF = "path.conf";

     * Create an elasticsearch embedded node with provided default configuration.
    public ElasticSearchStatisticsServer() {

    public void init(String confDir, String homeDir) {
        try {
  "Embedded Elasticsearch server is initializing");
            Settings elasticsearchSetting = Settings.settingsBuilder()
                    .put(ES_PROPERTY_PATH_HOME, homeDir)
                    .put(ES_PROPERTY_PATH_CONF, confDir)
            node = nodeBuilder().settings(elasticsearchSetting).build().start();
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.warn("Could not init embedded elasticsearch node", e);

    public Client getClient() {
        if (node != null) {
            return node.client();
        } else {
            return null;

    public void destroy() {
        try {
  "Stopping embedded elasticsearch server");
        } catch(Exception e) {
            logger.warn("Could not stop embedded elasticsearch node due to {}", e.getMessage());

It’s actually very simple. “path.conf” will contain the elasticsearch configuration yaml file “elasticsearch.yml“. Please remember that “path.home” will always have to be set as elasticsearch looks for that by default.

Cheers! 🙂

~Rajind Ruparathna