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Learn Elasticsearch through step-by-step solutions to 20+ real-world Elasticsearch challenges.

Master Elasticsearch with Expert Guidance

Each chapter contains:

  • A real-world use case from E-Commerce, Search-as-you-Type, Business Analytics, Real Estate & Geo Search, and more.
  • A structured, step-by-step approach followed by an annotated solution.
  • Thoughts on the common pitfalls, caveats, trade-offs, and alternative solution(s).
  • Loads of recommended tools, related resources, and useful links.

πŸ€–1. Mapping Automation

Path Matching in Objects
Regex Pattern Field Names
regexmatching mapping typesdynamic templatesindex templates

⬆️2. Insertion & Ingestion

Pre-Indexing: Pipelines
Indexing in Bulk
Post-Indexing: Updates
ingest pipelinesaws-sdkdumpupdate by query

πŸ“Š3. Tables & Charts

Aggregation Data Tables
Table Cell Metadata
paginationfilter aggregationssub-aggregationscardinality

🌎4. Geo Search & Clustering

From the Viewport to the Query
Location Clustering
Points Closest to the Origin
bounding boxesgeo hashesgeo boosting

πŸ”€5. Relevance, Scoring, & Sorting

Homepage Instant Search
De-Duplicated Autocomplete
Relevant Tags Only

πŸ“6. (Painless) Scripting

Missing vs. Empty Fields
Script Fields & Debugging
Scripted Metrics
null valuesscript errorsdistinctmap/reduce

πŸ—„οΈ7. Aggregations & Buckets

Year-over-Year Trends
IoT Devices Not Reporting
Median Duration of a Project Build
facetsnested fieldsbucket scriptsflattening

🎯8. Good-To-Know

CAT APIs & Monitoring
dev toolskibanaquery profilingcat APIs

πŸš€9. Outro

The Elasticsearch Handbook Can Benefit:


You've probably heard about Elasticsearch thanks to its popularity. You've probably also dabbled with it and skimmed through a couple of Medium articles but still feel overwhelmed and cannot find relevant, use-case-based content to jump-start your implementation?
Then this handbook is for you!


You've got working knowledge of the ELK Stack and already feel comfortable composing one or two non-trivial bool queries, maybe even a bucket_sort aggregation, but want to broaden your horizons, and perhaps (re)discover some elegant Elasticsearch techniques?
Then this handbook is for you!

Team Leaders

Elasticsearch is a part of your organization's tech stack and you'd like to quickly familiarize your devs with the best practices and save their valuable time?
Then this handbook is for you and your team to peruse, and perhaps even clone and extend as your own team's Elasticsearch wiki!
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Warning. Do NOT invest if:

  • You don't yet understand Elasticsearch basic terminology such as index, mapping, and Query DSL. First check out the official Definitive Guide, this abridged Medium article, or this Github resource collection, and then come back to make the most of the Handbook.
  • You're more interested in infrastructure, cluster design, and DevOps in general, instead of the more query- and aggregation-focused aspects of Elasticsearch.
    The ebook Operating Elasticsearch for Fun and Profit might be a better fit for you.


  • How does it work?
  • After purchase, you'll be instantly invited to join the handbook's Notion workspace. If you're new to Notion, don't worry β€” it's very easy to use.

    If you'd like to purchase access for a bunch of people on your team, send me their work emails after you've chosen the desired quantity at checkout.
  • Is it really worth $49.00?
  • You bet! With the purchase you'll gain access to a collection of actionable guides to help you integrate Elasticsearch with clarity and confidence.
    As someone who learns best from examples, this is something I wish existed back when I was struggling to integrate Elasticsearch for the first time.
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People are Talking

Wow, this looks great. Thanks for creating it. I bought a copy.
Glancing through it, I love the embedded videos, opinionated perspective, and delivery medium. It's now part of my reference material.
Solutions Architect
Congrats Joe! You’ve pulled off a fantastic piece of work!

I’m sure that will help a tremendous amount of people learning ES!
Valentin Crettaz
ElasticsearchΒ Consultant
I like the appropriate eloquence coupled with details explained in just the right places. And perfect length to read.
This is a nice practical handbook for anyone to learn how to use Elasticsearch effectively.
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Who's the author?

The Elasticsearch Handbook author Joe Sorocin

I'm Joe Sorocin and I build web apps for folks all around the world. I also consult and spend hundreds of hours researching and solving interesting and challenging Elasticsearch use cases. It all culminated into this handbook which will help you master the power of Elasticsearch! ✌️

Elasticsearch is a trademark of Elasticsearch BV, registered in the U.S. and in other countries. All product and service names used in this website are for identification purposes only and do not imply endorsement.