This topic describes how to quickly create an Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch (ES) instance, access the instance, call the Elasticsearch API, and consume search services.

Before you get started with Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch, make sure that you have read and understand Considerations. Follow these steps to get started with Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch:
  1. Prerequisites.

    You must Create a VPC and a VSwitch and Elasticsearch sizing before you create an Elasticsearch instance.

  2. Create an Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch instance.

    For more information about the parameters required for creating an Elasticsearch instance, see Buy page parameters. In this topic, Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch V6.7 is used as an example.

  3. Configure an Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch instance.

    You can enable auto indexing, and configure plug-in settings, security settings, and monitoring and alerting settings.

  4. Access an Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch instance.

    You can use the Kibana console, an Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance, or a client to access your Elasticsearch instance.

  5. Consume search services.

    Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch V6.7 allows you to Create an index, Create a document, Update a document, Retrieve documents, Search documents (URI search), Complex searches, Statistical analysis, and Delete documents through the Kibana console.