(New on forums like this so bare with me lol)

Anyways Just wondered if someone can help me, I’ve installed Elasticsearch 6.8.9 through the DEB package and have installed the Elasticsearch head through GitHub. I’ve done the following after doing research but for some reason ElasticSearch exits after it starts so it’s not running properly. It was running fine on ElasticSearch 2.4 but since the head requires 5.x through GitHub, I’ve been struggling really bad to get it working. I tried to install it through

sudo apt-get install elasticsearch

And these apt-get install scripts as well:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk openjdk-8-jre-headless

but wasn’t working properly either. Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks:


# Reduce RAM heap size to 128MB (was 1GB)

# Xms represents the initial size of total heap space
# Xmx represents the maximum size of total heap space


# Set network.host to


sudo nano /etc/environment

# Set JAVA_HOME to target Java8 instead of Java11

sudo update-alternatives –config java
(Selected option 2, pressed enter and no problem there)

There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java).

  Selection    Path                                            Priority   Status
  0            /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-armhf/bin/java      1111      auto mode
  1            /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-armhf/bin/java      1111      manual mode
* 2            /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-armhf/jre/bin/java   1081      manual mode

Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 2

source /etc/environment


java -version

openjdk version "1.8.0_212"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_212-8u212-b01-1+rpi1-b01)
OpenJDK Client VM (build 25.212-b01, mixed mode)

I’ve even done this command through the /usr/share/elasticsearch folder
wget -qO - https://artifacts.elastic.co/GPG-KEY- **elasticsearch** | sudo apt-key add -

But this is the ultimate result that I keep getting. I tried to look through the logs for any specific errors but can’t filter it. Running a Raspberry Pi 3.

**●** elasticsearch.service - ElasticsearchLoaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/elasticsearch.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: **failed** (Result: exit-code) since Sat 2020-07-04 15:48:04 BST; 20h ago
Docs: http://www.elastic.co
Process: 1066 ExecStart=/usr/share/elasticsearch/bin/elasticsearch -p ${PID_DIR}/elasticsearch.pid --quiet **(code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)**
Main PID: 1066 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Jul 04 15:47:03 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Started Elasticsearch.
Jul 04 15:47:03 raspberrypi elasticsearch[1066]: warning: Falling back to java on path. This behavior is deprecated. Specify JAVA_HOME
Jul 04 15:48:04 raspberrypi systemd[1]: **elasticsearch.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE**
Jul 04 15:48:04 raspberrypi systemd[1]: **elasticsearch.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.****~**

I assume there’s nothing in the ES logs itself (probably something like /var/log/elasticsearch/)?

Otherwise, do you have any existing indices? ES 6 is not compatible with indices from ES 2.X or before, see here.

If you have existing indexes and want to use ES6, you would have to upgrade to ES5, reindex your data, and then upgrade to ES6.