Provides support for Elasticsearch hosted on Amazon AWS.

Configuration options

AvantElasticsearch has these configuration options:

Contributor Id
Identification for this organization (3 to 6 lower case letters a-z)
Organization name as it should be shown for the contributor of its data
Example: search-something-xxxxxxxxxxxx.us-east-2.es.amazonaws.com
AWS server region
AWS Access Key Id
AWS Secret Access Key
Local Index
Enable local index
Shared Index
Enable shared index

See also the documentation for installing AvantElasticsearch.


The AvantElasticsearch plugin requires that the AvantCommon plugin be installed and activated.

This plugin was developed specifically for Digital Archive installations. It has special knowledge of the following Omeka elements and how they are used in these installations.

  • Type
  • Subject
  • Place
  • Address
  • Date

The host Linux OS must have pdftotext installed.

The Omeka files folder must contain a directory named elasticsearch.

This AvantElaticsearch plugin has been tested with AWS Elasticsearch up to v6.8. It might not work with Elasticsearch 7.x, or with AWS Opensearch due to changes in how mapping types work. The plugin relies on the _doc mapping. For more information see this article.


To install the AvantElasticsearch plugin, follow these steps:

  1. First install and activate the AvantCommon plugin
  2. Download the latest release from https://github.com/gsoules/AvantElasticsearch
  3. Unzip AvantElasticsearch-master.zip into your Omeka plugins folder
  4. Rename the folder to AvantElasticsearch
  5. Activate the plugin from the Omeka Plugins page

es.ini file

The AvantElasticsearch plugin requires that a file named es.ini be located in the root folder public_html/digitalarchive of the installation. The file is not distributed with the plugin, but you can create it from the sample below. You'll need to edit es.ini when you install the plugin.

; These options should only exist on a Digital Archive site used by a developer. They are read by
; AvantElasticsearch to determine if it's okay to create new indexes which is a dangerous operation.
new_shared_index_allowed = true

; Name of the Elasticsearch index that multiple Digital Archive sites share.
shared_index_name = 'devshr'

; Names of Omeka elements that are common among contributors.
common_elements = 'Identifier, Title, Type, Subject, Creator, Date, Place, Rights, Description'

; Names of common elements that can be used to sort shared search results in Table View layouts.
; They are listed in left-to-right order as they will appear in Table View layouts for shared search results.
common_sort_columns = 'Title, Type, Subject, Creator, Date, Place, Rights, Description'

; Layout definitions. The first number is the layout Id which once set, should not be changed since it gets used
; in query strings that serve as permalinks to queries. The number following 'shared_layouts' is just an index and
; has no relationship to the layout Id.
shared_layouts.1 = '1, Details'
shared_layouts.2 = '2, Type / Subject, Identifier, Title, Type, Subject'
shared_layouts.3 = '3, Place / Date, Identifier, Title, Place, Date'
shared_layouts.4 = '4, Creator / Rights, Identifier, Title, Creator, Rights'

; Synonyms for fuzzy searching. The values should be all lowercase.
synonyms.1 = 'rd, road'
synonyms.2 = 'pt, point'
synonyms.3 = 'ave, avenue'
synonyms.4 = 'st, street'

The options common_elements, common_sort_columns and shared_layouts control which of these things are enabled when searching all sites. Think of them as the common denominators among all site. They filter out elements, sort columns, and search result layouts that are unique to some individual sites.


Use this software at your own risk.


This plugin is published under [GNU/GPL].

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.

  • Created by gsoules
  • Copyright George Soules, 2019-2020
  • See LICENSE for more information.


The author wishes to thank the Harvard Academic Technology Group at Harvard University, developers of the Elasticsearch v1.1.1 plugin for Omeka Classic. It provided helpful insight in how to integrate Elasticsearch with Omeka.