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How to import data from MS SQL Server into Elasticsearch 1.6

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Need to provide the analytics and visualization for audit log data which is stored in relational database.


One of the solution to this problem is to visualize the data in open source tool like kibana . But kibana uses the elasticsearch for search and storage purpose.

So that need to import selected records from relational database into the elasticsearch 1.6. The new index will be created in elasticsearch for this data and it will be used by kibana.

Prior to elasticsearch 1.6 the river plugin was available for this purpose but it is now deprecated.

But to solve the same problem another standalone java utility known as elasticsearch – jdbc is available.

Here I am going to tell you how to use this utility through docker so whenever you need it. it would be only three steps process for you i.e clone it, build image and start the container with parameter.


  1. Ubuntu 14.04
  2. Install Docker Host
  3. Install elasticsearch
    docker run -d -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 elasticsearch 
  4. Install Kibana

Step 1: Check out the docker file https://github.com/vinayakbhadage/data-importer

git clone https://github.com/vinayakbhadage/data-importer.git

Step 2: Change the required parameter from this file dataimport.sh as mentioned here

Step 3: Build the images from Dockerfile

docker build -t data-importer .

Step 4: Run the data-importer by setting following parameter


This date time used to import the data from the log table of your database. All records in that table with timestamp column value greater than this will be imported in Elastic search.

2.INDEX_NAME=** Provide the value **

This one is index name for elasticsearch.

3.CLUSTER=** Provide the value **

Provide the elasticsearch cluster name.

4.ES_HOST=** Provide the value **

Provide the elastic search host name or IP address.


Provide the elastic search host port number.

6.SCHEDULE=”0 0/10 * * * ?”

Default interval for data-importer is 10 min. this is Quartz cron trigger syntax.

7.SQL_SERVER_HOST=”Provide the value”

It should be sql server database IP or hostname.

8.DB_NAME=”Provide the value”

It should be sql server database name.

9.DB_USER_NAME=”Provide the value”

It should be sql server user name, here server authentication is required.

10.DB_PASSWORD=”Provide the value”

It should be sql server user password, here server authentication is required.

Note: Please change the environment variable as per your requirement

docker run -d --name data-importer -e LAST_EXECUTION_START="2014-06-06T09:08:00.948Z" \
  -e INDEX_NAME="myindex"  -e CLUSTER="elasticsearch" -e ES_HOST="myeshost" \
  -e ES_PORT="9300" -e SCHEDULE="0 0/10 * * * ?" -e SQL_SERVER_HOST="mydb" \
  -e DB_NAME="mydb" -e DB_USER_NAME="myuser" -e DB_PASSWORD="find-out" data-importer

Lastly checkout the status of elasticsearch index then you can find data over there.