SearchBlox Developer Documentation

Welcome to the SearchBlox developer documentation. Here you will find comprehensive technical documentation to help you start working with SearchBlox as quickly as possible, as well as support if you get stuck. Let's jump right in!


Installing on Ubuntu


  1. Install OpenJDK 11 by running the following command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa && sudo apt-get update -q && sudo apt install -y openjdk-11-jdk

  2. Verify the java installation by running the following command:
    java -version

  3. Install wget using the following command:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install wget

  4. Set the map count within the file /etc/sysctl.conf by adding the following line:

  5. Increase ulimit value and validate system settings

    To change the file descriptor setting, edit the file /etc/sysctl.conf.
    Add line fs.file-max= 100000 to it.

    To apply the changes :
    sysctl -p

    To change the ulimit setting, edit the file /etc/security/limits.conf and set the hard and soft limits:
    * soft nofile 100000
    * hard nofile 100000

    After that enable the pam_limits as followings:

    Edit the file /etc/pam.d/common-session and add the following line:
    session required

    Reboot the server for the changes to take effect:

    Check the ulimit settings by running the following commands:
    ulimit -a
    ulimit -Sn # Check soft limit
    ulimit -Hn # Check hard limit

SearchBlox Installation

  1. Please login as root using sudo su if you are not the root user or install using sudo as below.

  2. Create a SearchBlox user by giving the necessary details
    sudo adduser searchblox

  3. SearchBlox has to be installed in /opt folder, so change directory to /opt
    cd /opt

  4. Download SearchBlox debain package
    sudo wget

  5. Install the debian package
    sudo dpkg -i searchblox_9.2.3-0_all.deb

  6. Change permission for few folders
    sudo chown -R searchblox:searchblox /opt/searchblox
    sudo chmod -R 755 /opt/searchblox/bin
    sudo chmod -R 755 /opt/searchblox/elasticsearch/bin
    sudo chmod -R 755 /opt/searchblox/analytics
    sudo chmod -R 755 /opt/searchblox/logs
    sudo chmod -R 755 /opt/searchblox/elasticsearch/logs

  7. To start Elasticsearch, SearchBlox and Analytics services:
    systemctl start sbelastic
    systemctl start searchblox
    systemctl start sbanalytics

  8. To stop Analytics, SearchBlox and Elasticsearch services:
    systemctl stop sbanalytics
    systemctl stop searchblox
    systemctl stop sbelastic

  9. To verify the status of the Elasticsearch, SearchBlox and Analytics services:
    systemctl status sbelastic
    systemctl status searchblox
    systemctl status sbanalytics



To enable sbanalytics.service use the command: systemctl daemon-reload

Verify Installation

Once you start the SearchBlox service, wait for 30 seconds then go to https://localhost:8443/searchblox/admin/main.jsp to validate.

  • You can also verify if SearchBlox has started successfully by viewing the status.log file in the /opt/searchblox/webapps/searchblox/logs folder.

Please confirm the message "Started Successfully" is shown in the log. In case of any errors, this log will provide additional information for troubleshooting.


SearchBlox Admin Console Access using IP Address or Domain Name

Change SearchBlox Server Port

SearchBlox Server runs on port 8443 by default.

You can change the port by following the steps below:

  1. Stop SearchBlox service

  2. Edit the file /opt/searchblox/start.d/start.ini and add the below line to set the required port number:

  3. Save the file https.ini

  4. Start SearchBlox service


Run the following command to uninstall or remove SearchBlox:

apt-get remove searchblox

Note: For clean SearchBlox uninstallation, it is required to remove searchblox directory i.e., /opt/searchblox manually by running the following command:
rm -rf /opt/searchblox

Disk Encryption


Additional Disk is required for disk encryption

  1. Installation of cryptsetup
    for Ubuntu:
    sudo apt-get install cryptsetup

  2. LUKS Format disk
    Note: while formatting the disk we have to give some password
    cryptsetup luksFormat /dev/sdb

This will overwrite data on /dev/sdb irrevocably.
Are you sure? (Type uppercase yes): YES
Enter LUKS passphrase:
Verify passphrase:
  1. Luks open
    Note: We have to use the password created earlier while formatting the disk.
    cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sda data
Enter passphrase for /dev/sdb:
  1. Create a filesystem
    mkfs -t ext4 /dev/mapper/data
mke2fs 1.42.13 (17-May-2015)
Creating filesystem with 52428288 4k blocks and 13107200 inodes
Filesystem UUID: 1c71b0f4-f95d-46d6-93e0-cbd19cb95edb
Superblock backups stored on blocks: 
    32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208, 
    4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872
Allocating group tables: done                            
Writing inode tables: done                            
Creating journal (32768 blocks): done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done
  1. Mounting the new file system at /opt
    mount /dev/mapper/data /opt
  2. To get UUID
    blkid /dev/mapper/data
/dev/mapper/data: UUID="0a228c13-06d8-4739-99c3-f596c2dcce8e" TYPE="ext4"
  1. We need to add the UUID into /etc/fstab like this and save it
    Note: We need to add the UUID into etc/fstab file
LABEL=cloudimg-rootfs   /        ext4   defaults,discard        0 0
UID="4539b70d-66ab-4c07-b2a2-d4583f461a2f"   /secret   ext4 defaults 0 0
UID="4539b70d-66ab-4c07-b2a2-d4583f461a2f"   /opt      ext4 defaults 0 0
UUID="0a228c13-06d8-4739-99c3-f596c2dcce8e"   /opt  ext4  defaults 0  0
  • To close encryption
    cryptsetup luksClose /dev/mapper/data
  • To open encryption
    cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/mapper/data

Updated 7 months ago

Installing on Ubuntu

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