Akshay Bijawe Akshay Bijawe - 3 months ago 37x
Java Question

Update By Query in Elasticsearch using Java

I’m currently using Elasticsearch V2.3.1. I want to use the following Elasticsearch query in Java.

POST /twitter/_update_by_query
"script": {
"inline": "ctx._source.List = [‘Item 1’,’Item 2’]”
"query": {
"term": {
"user": "kimchy"

The above query searches for “user” named “kimchy” and updates the “List” field with given values. This query updates multiple documents at the same time.
I read about the Update API for Java here https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/client/java-api/2.3/java-docs-update.html but couldn’t find what I was looking for. The Update API for Java only talks about updating single document at a time. Is there any way to update multiple documents? Sorry if I’m missing something obvious. Thank you for your time.


I tried the below Java Code:

Client client = TransportClient.builder().addPlugin(ReindexPlugin.class)
.build().addTransportAddress(new InetSocketTransportAddress(
InetAddress.getByName(""), 9300));

UpdateByQueryRequestBuilder ubqrb = UpdateByQueryAction.INSTANCE

Script script = new Script("ctx._source.List = [\"Item 1\",\"Item 2\"]");

//termQuery is not recognised by the program
BulkIndexByScrollResponse r = ubqrb.source("twitter").script(script)
.filter(termQuery("user", "kimchy")).execute().get();

So I edited the Java Program as above and the termQuery is not identified by Java. May I know what I'm doing wrong here? Thanks.

Val Val

As of ES 2.3, the update by query feature is available as the REST endpoint _update_by_query but nor for Java clients. In order to call this endpoint from your Java client code, you need to include the reindex module in your pom.xml, like this


Then you need to include this module when building your client:


Finally you can call it like this:

UpdateByQueryRequestBuilder ubqrb = UpdateByQueryAction.INSTANCE.newRequestBuilder(client);

Script script = new Script("ctx._source.List = [\"Item 1\",\"Item 2\"]");

BulkIndexByScrollResponse r = ubqrb.source("twitter")
    .filter(termQuery("user", "kimchy"))


If you need to specify the type(s) the update should focus on, you can do so:

BulkIndexByScrollResponse r = ubqrb.script(script)
    .filter(termQuery("user", "kimchy"))