Deployment Strategy for Plugins

In order to install a plugin on Kibana, I have to spin up a local instance of it (on say my own host) and perform the installations there (as opposed to doing it in the default end point exposed by AWS elastic search)

Is there a way to deploy plugins to the elastic search kibana end point? If I wanted to load balance kibana across multiple hosts, do I have to go and install plugins in all of them?

There's no endpoint, but you can install a plugin on a temp machine, and zip that up to install across hosts. If docker's an option, there are images that come with x-pack preinstalled (

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