Absolute beginner in elasticsearch

Hallo ! :slight_smile:

I am an absolute beginner in elasticsearch and after some hours of reading and watching tutorial-videos I got the impression, that it needs a lot of knowledge and preparation, before I can make a fast search in certain data.
I understand that I need indices for the data in which I want to make fast searches.
I seems to me that it is a hard work to build these indices.

The data in which I can search with elasticsearch must be reachable over http(s). Is that correct?
The data in which I can search with elasticsearch must be located in a area where the data is which can be published/sent by the http-webserver. Is that correct?

Or is there a way to search in huge data amounts which are located in certain directories on my harddisk?

Can i search in arbitrary structured data (pdf files , xls-files, txt-files , doc-files, html-files, xml-files) or do i need the data in a certain structure like .csv-files

Thank you for helping me:

Welcome to our community! :smiley:

Can you please edit your post and remote the quote blocks, it makes your topic very difficult to read.

You can use FSCrawler. There's a tutorial to help you getting started.

Yes, Elasticsearch exposes things via APIs.

Elasticsearch has a built in webserver.


Thank you for the message and the welcoming! :slight_smile:

Sorry, but the system told me to use something like backticks quotation marks to wrap my post.
(To make it readable, make sure to wrap your code in backticks)

Thank you.

What have i to do, when I want to search in a directory of my harddisk. How do I prepare the data (which are thousends of different files) of a certain directory?


and Thank you! :slight_smile:

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