Install Elasticsearch with JDBC driver on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

In this tutorial we will be discussing how to install elasticsearch with a jdbc river on a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server.


For this tutorial you will need:

  • A Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installation
  • SSH access
  • A logged in root user or a user with sudo rights
  • MySQL installed
  • Unzip installed (apt-get install unzip)

Install Oracle Java

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

and press enter when asked

apt-get update

sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

You can test your java installation by checking what is the output of

java –version

Download Elasticsearch

First go to /home by using
cd /home

Now download the Elasticsearch Debian Package
(Check if this version is still the latest by visiting

Install the Debian package by using
dpkg -i elasticsearch-1.3.4.deb

Start Elasticsearch by running
Service elasticsearch start

Wait some seconds and then visit
or use the command
curl -X GET 'http://localhost:9200'

It should say something like ‘status: 200’ and some other information.

You just installed Elasticsearch!

Install MySQL JDBC driver

Now you need to install the MySQL JDBC driver. This lets MySQL, JDBC river and Elasticsearch communicate.

Install the JDBC driver
./bin/plugin --install jdbc --url

Download the MySQL JDBC driver to your current directory by using
curl -o -L ''

Unzip the zip file by using

Add the jar to the JDBC river plugin directory and give it permissions.
cp mysql-connector-java-5.1.28/mysql-connector-java-5.1.28-bin.jar plugins/jdbc/
chmod 644 plugins/jdbc/

Restart Elasticsearch by using
service elasticsearch restart

Make sure you only have 1 (ONE!) mysql-connector-java-5.1.28-bin.jar in your elasticsearch folder! It should be in plugins/jdbc.

Your first JDBC river

Now you can start using JDBC river with SQL like this