Posted On: Jan 19, 2021

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports the ability to reload dictionary files without reindexing your data. Elasticsearch uses analyzers to convert string data into terms or tokens that power its search capabilities. These analyzers can do things like remove white space and stop words, perform stemming, handle compound words, and add synonyms. Previously, on Amazon Elasticsearch Service these analyzers could only process data as it was indexed. If you wanted to add some additional synonyms at a later time, you had to reindex your data with the new dictionary file. 

With the new hot reload capability, you can call analyzers at search time, and your dictionary files augment the search results during the query. This feature also lets you version your dictionary files in Amazon Elasticsearch Service and update them on your domains, also without having to reindex your data. 

Hot reload of dictionary files is available on any Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain running Elasticsearch 7.8 or later. To learn more, see the documentation

This feature is powered by Open Distro for Elasticsearch, an Apache 2.0-licensed distribution of Elasticsearch. To learn more about Open Distro for Elasticsearch and this feature, visit the project website.

Hot reload of dictionary files is now available for Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains in Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD.