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Can I use Elasticsearch 2.4 with Bitbucket Data Center 5.8?

I know Elasticsearch is required to run Bitbucket Data Center and that Support for Elasticsearch 2.3 ended with Bitbucket 5.7.

We have an internal Elasticsearch cluster that is still on v2.4 for a bunch of reasons. It's on the roadmap to upgrade, but it may be a while and we need to get Bitbucket Data Center in before that's likely to happen.

So, I thought about running Bitbucket Data Center 5.8 against our Elasticsearch 2.4 cluster until we get the cluster upgraded.

I know it's not supported, but does that mean it won't even work, or just that we're on our own until we upgrade our Elasticsearch cluster?

Has anyone else done this, or seen evidence that it will or won't work?

1 comment

Christian Glockner
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
Mar 14, 2018

Hi Craig,

Elasticsearch 2.4 was never supported with Bitbucket Server - support was limited to specific versions of 2.3. The reason is that the Buckler plugin that we provide to add authentication was built for these specific versions.

My understanding is that you can use any other version of Elasticsearch but the Buckler add-on will not work and therefore Elasticsearch will not be secured by authentication.

Note that we continue to support Elasticsearch 2.3 until Bitbucket 6.0 is released.



Premier Support Engineer


Thanks Christian, exactly the details I needed to know.




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