How to use Elasticsearch with MongoDB?

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How to Use Elasticsearch with MongoDB: A Simple Guide

Looking to supercharge your MongoDB experience with Elasticsearch? You've come to the right place! In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of setting up Elasticsearch, configuring it to index collections in MongoDB, and running it in your browser. 🚀

Step 1: Installing Elasticsearch

Before diving into the setup process, we need to make sure Elasticsearch is installed on your system. Follow these instructions:

  1. Visit the official Elasticsearch website ( and download the appropriate version for your operating system.

  2. Extract the downloaded file to your preferred location.

  3. Configure Elasticsearch by opening the elasticsearch.yml file located in the config directory. Here, you can specify settings such as network binding, cluster name, and more.

Step 2: Connecting Elasticsearch with MongoDB

Now that we have Elasticsearch up and running, let's configure it to index your MongoDB collections. To achieve this, we'll be using the official Elasticsearch MongoDB connector. Here's how to proceed:

  1. Open your terminal and navigate to your Node.js project directory.

  2. Install the MongoDB connector package using npm:

    npm install elasticsearch mongodb-elasticsearch
  3. In your Node.js application code, import the required modules:

    const { Client } = require('@elastic/elasticsearch'); const { MongoConnector } = require('mongodb-elasticsearch');
  4. Create an Elasticsearch client instance and a connector instance:

    const esClient = new Client({ node: 'http://localhost:9200' }); // Replace with your Elasticsearch node URL const mongoConnector = new MongoConnector({ client: esClient });
  5. Connect to your MongoDB database:

    const mongoUrl = 'mongodb://localhost:27017'; // Replace with your MongoDB connection URL await mongoConnector.connect(mongoUrl);
  6. Finally, specify the MongoDB collections you want to index:

    const collectionsToIndex = ['collection1', 'collection2']; // Replace with your desired collections await mongoConnector.startSync(collectionsToIndex);

Step 3: Running Elasticsearch with MongoDB in the Browser

Once everything is set up, it's time to see the magic in action! To access your Elasticsearch data in the browser, follow these steps:

  1. Start your Node.js application:

    node app.js
  2. Open your preferred browser and navigate to http://localhost:9200. This will display Elasticsearch's RESTful API interface, allowing you to query and search your indexed MongoDB collections.

That's it! You've successfully integrated Elasticsearch with MongoDB, allowing for efficient search capabilities on your MongoDB data.

Now that you've learned how to use Elasticsearch with MongoDB, the possibilities are endless! 🌟 Experiment with different queries, explore Elasticsearch's advanced features, and take your application to the next level.

Have any questions or need further assistance? We're here to help! Leave a comment and let's discuss your Elasticsearch and MongoDB integration journey together. Happy searching! 💪💡🔎

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