Using ElasticSearch to index an external json api

Bare with me as I am fairly new to webdev. I'm working on an app that
needs to be able to search through a fairly large external API and display
the JSON results. Is this something I would use elasticSearch for? Will
elastic search store a local copy of the data from the API?

I'll be watching this close to answer and clarify any questions.

Thanks in advance,
Ryan

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Hi,

You could write an ES River that calls that API, gets the results, converts
them to JSON objects/documents suitable for ES consumption and have them
indexed that way.
Or you could write an external app that does the same thing but, unlike the
River version, lives/runs outside ES.
If the API returns JSON you may be able to index that as-is, if you want
all of it indexed.

ES will store the original JSON fed to it in the _source field.

Otis

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On Sunday, December 2, 2012 5:35:09 PM UTC-5, Ryan Amburgy wrote:

Bare with me as I am fairly new to webdev. I'm working on an app that
needs to be able to search through a fairly large external API and display
the JSON results. Is this something I would use elasticSearch for? Will
elastic search store a local copy of the data from the API?

I'll be watching this close to answer and clarify any questions.

Thanks in advance,
Ryan

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