Installation of Watcher on Windows fails


I am trying to install Watcher on Windows.
But the commands fails.

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Please help debugging the issue.


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Watcher is part of the default distribution. You don't have to install anything.

Hi David,

My Elastic installed, do not list watcher.

Tried the instructions on page -

But install of Watcher failed on my Windows machine

When I ran the command:

elasticsearch-plugin install elasticsearch/license/latest

it give below messages:
--> Installing license
--> Failed installing license
--> Rolling back license
--> Rolled back license


What did you install?

Those are instructions for a version 2.4.

elasticsearch-7.6.0 (Free trial)

So watcher is there. Unless you did not take the default distribution but the -oss one.

Hi David,

Ok, will then try uninstall and reinstall ELk


Hi David,

When i run command on cmd:


no plugins get installed. Below are couple of lines from bat file execution

[2020-03-13T08:44:23,675][INFO ][o.e.p.PluginsService ] [DESKTOP-DJC7G5I] loaded module [x-pack-watcher]
[2020-03-13T08:44:23,676][INFO ][o.e.p.PluginsService ] [DESKTOP-DJC7G5I] no plugins loaded

What should I do to get Watcher plugin loaded


Did you notice this?

loaded module [x-pack-watcher]

Hi David,


When I go to kibana and go to management tab under Elastic I don't see the Watcher listed there.

If I want that to show up there. What additional steps I need to take.


You need to activate the trial license.
I guess you have the basic one for now?

Hi David,

Thanks a lot!

Now I am able to view the Watcher, after activating the trial license on Kibana


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