A Beginner's Guide to Implementing Amazon OpenSearch Service in AWS

A Beginner's Guide to Implementing Amazon OpenSearch Service in AWS


Amazon OpenSearch Service, formerly known as Amazon Elasticsearch Service, is a fully managed service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale OpenSearch (an open-source search and analytics engine). Leveraging the power of AWS, you can seamlessly implement OpenSearch Service for your applications. In this blog, we'll walk through the steps of setting up Amazon OpenSearch Service in AWS in a simple and straightforward manner, with examples to make the process easy to follow.

Step 1: Accessing AWS Management Console

Firstly, log in to your AWS Management Console. If you don't have an AWS account, you can sign up for one. Once logged in, navigate to the OpenSearch Service console.

Step 2: Creating an Amazon OpenSearch Domain

Click on the "Create a new domain" button to start the process of creating an OpenSearch domain. Choose a unique domain name and select the version of OpenSearch you want to use. You can also configure advanced settings, such as the instance type and storage options.


  • Domain Name: my-opensaerch-domain

  • OpenSearch Version: 7.10

  • Instance Type: t2.small.elasticsearch

Step 3: Configuring Network and Access Control

Set up network configurations for your domain. You can choose to either create a new Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or use an existing one. Additionally, configure access policies to control who can access your OpenSearch domain. This ensures the security of your cluster.


  • VPC: Create a new VPC

  • Access Policy: Allow specific IP addresses or IAM roles

Step 4: Configuring Index, Storage, and Snapshot Options

Define index settings for your OpenSearch domain, such as the number of primary shards and replicas. Configure storage options and set up automated snapshots for data backup.


  • Number of Primary Shards: 5

  • Number of Replicas: 2

  • Storage Type: EBS

  • Automated Snapshot: Enabled with a daily schedule

Step 5: Review and Confirm

Review all the configurations you've made, and if everything looks good, click the "Confirm" button to create your Amazon OpenSearch domain. This process might take a few minutes, and you can monitor the progress from the console.

Step 6: Accessing OpenSearch Cluster

Once the domain is created successfully, you can access your OpenSearch cluster using the endpoint provided in the console. Use tools like Kibana or the OpenSearch RESTful API to interact with your cluster and index data.



Congratulations! You've successfully implemented Amazon OpenSearch Service in AWS. This powerful managed service allows you to focus on your application development while AWS takes care of the operational aspects of OpenSearch. Feel free to explore more advanced features and integrate OpenSearch into your applications for efficient search and analytics capabilities. Happy coding!

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