Now Available: Search Guard FLX 1.0.0 - The first general availability version of the next generation of Search Guard

We are very happy to announce that we have now finished the beta testing phase of Search Guard FLX. Thus, we are now releasing the first GA version of Search Guard FLX, the next generation of Search Guard.

It brings a number of important and fundamental improvements:

  • Completely new approach for configuring authentication. The new configuration format is more coherent, more predictable and much more powerful. Simple setups require very little configuration; very complex setups are possible by straight-forward configuration. If something goes wrong, Search Guard provides extensive error messages and diagnostic information.
  • New session-based login for Kibana - fixing lots of outstanding issues with Kibana login and cookies
  • New easy-to-use and lightweight command line administration tool for Search Guard
  • Significantly faster performance in many areas

For documentation go here:

You can find the plugin download links at:

For a quick local test on a Linux or MacOS system, we also offer new demo scripts. Just download one of these scripts and run them. These will automatically all components you need and configure them ready for start.

See also the docs on the demo installation scripts.

We are eager to hear your feedback! So, if you encounter any problems, or if you have suggestions or other feedback on the functionality, go ahead and share it on the available channels:

Please note: We previously released a preview version of Search Guard FLX for OpenSearch. We are currently working with our partners on a GA release. Look out for an announcement coming soon!

Many greetings from the Search Guard team

Search Guard (®) is an Elasticsearch plugin that offers encryption, authentication, and authorization.

Coded with love in Berlin, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine and the US.

Search Guard is a trademark of floragunn GmbH, registered in the U.S. and in other countries.

Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, and Beats are trademarks of Elasticsearch BV, registered in the U.S. and in other countries.

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