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Elastisch, a Clojure client for Elasticsearch

Elastisch is a minimalistic Clojure client for Elasticsearch, a modern distributed search engine.

Project Goals


Elastisch has a mailing list. Feel free to join it and ask any questions you may have.

To subscribe for announcements of releases, important changes and so on, please follow @ClojureWerkz on Twitter.

Project Maturity

Elastisch is a not a young project. Started in late 2011, it has been used in production since the early days. Elastisch API is stable. 1.0 was released in September 2012, 2.0 in June 2014, 3.0 in December 2018.

Supported ElasticSearch Versions

Elastisch 6.x (master) targets ElasticSearch 6.x (and 5.x to the extent possible).

Elastisch 3.x focuses on Elasticsearch 2.x support.


Elastisch artifacts are released to Clojars.

If you are using Maven, add the following repository definition to your pom.xml:


The Most Recent 3.x Release

Note: Elastisch documentation is not currently updated for version 3.0.

With Leiningen:

[clojurewerkz/elastisch "3.0.1"]

With Maven:


Documentation & Examples

Please see our documentation guides site. Note: Elastisch documentation is not currently updated for version 3.0.

Our test suite also has many code examples.

Supported Clojure Versions

Elastisch requires Clojure 1.6. The most recent stable release is highly recommended.

Supported Elasticsearch Versions

Elastisch 2.1 and 2.2 target Elasticsearch 1.x starting with 1.1 and through 1.7.x. Elastisch master provides Elasticsearch 3.x compatibility but not every ElasticSearch 3.0+ feature.

ElasticSearch 5.0 support will be available in a future version.

REST and Native Clients

Elastisch provides HTTP and native (transport) clients with nearly identical API as of 1.1.0.

Elastisch Is a ClojureWerkz Project

Elastisch is part of the group of Clojure libraries known as ClojureWerkz, together with

and several others.

Continuous Integration

Continuous Integration status Dependencies Status


Elasticsearch Setup

Elastisch needs Elasticsearch running locally ( ES_CLUSTER_NAME need to be exported with the name of the local cluster. To find it out, use

curl http://localhost:9200/_nodes/cluster

Running Tests

To run Elastisch tests, make sure you have Elasticsearch running. It must be the same version that Elastisch depends on due to binary protocol changes between releases. project.clj or project page on Clojars can help find that out.

Finally, run all tests with

lein all test

To run only HTTP client tests, use

lein all test :ci


Elastisch uses Leiningen 2. Make sure you have it installed and then run tests against all supported Clojure versions using

lein all test

Then create a branch and make your changes on it. Once you are done with your changes and all tests pass, submit a pull request on GitHub.


Copyright (c) 2011-2019 Alex Petrov, Michael S. Klishin, and the ClojureWerkz Team.

Double-licensed under the Eclipse Public License (the same as Clojure) and Apache Public License 2.0.