Installing the Wazuh indexer using the assisted installation method

Install and configure the Wazuh indexer as a single-node or multi-node cluster using the assisted installation method. The Wazuh indexer is a highly scalable full-text search engine. It offers advanced security, alerting, index management, deep performance analysis, and several other features.

Wazuh indexer cluster installation

The installation process is divided into three stages.

  1. Initial configuration

  2. Wazuh indexer nodes installation

  3. Cluster initialization


You need root user privileges to run all the commands described below.

1. Initial configuration

Indicate your deployment configuration, create the SSL certificates to encrypt communications between the Wazuh components, and generate random passwords to secure your installation.

  1. Download the Wazuh installation assistant and the configuration file.

    # curl -sO
    # curl -sO
  2. Edit ./config.yml and replace the node names and IP values with the corresponding names and IP addresses. You need to do this for all Wazuh server, Wazuh indexer, and Wazuh dashboard nodes. Add as many node fields as needed.

      # Wazuh indexer nodes
        - name: node-1
          ip: "<indexer-node-ip>"
        #- name: node-2
        #  ip: "<indexer-node-ip>"
        #- name: node-3
        #  ip: "<indexer-node-ip>"
      # Wazuh server nodes
      # If there is more than one Wazuh server
      # node, each one must have a node_type
        - name: wazuh-1
          ip: "<wazuh-manager-ip>"
        #  node_type: master
        #- name: wazuh-2
        #  ip: "<wazuh-manager-ip>"
        #  node_type: worker
        #- name: wazuh-3
        #  ip: "<wazuh-manager-ip>"
        #  node_type: worker
      # Wazuh dashboard nodes
        - name: dashboard
          ip: "<dashboard-node-ip>"
  3. Run the Wazuh installation assistant with the option --generate-config-files to generate the Wazuh cluster key, certificates, and passwords necessary for installation. You can find these files in ./wazuh-install-files.tar.

    # bash --generate-config-files
  4. Copy the wazuh-install-files.tar file to all the servers of the distributed deployment, including the Wazuh server, the Wazuh indexer, and the Wazuh dashboard nodes. This can be done by using the scp utility.

2. Wazuh indexer nodes installation

Install and configure the Wazuh indexer nodes.

  1. Download the Wazuh installation assistant.

    # curl -sO
  2. Run the Wazuh installation assistant with the option --wazuh-indexer and the node name to install and configure the Wazuh indexer. The node name must be the same one used in config.yml for the initial configuration, for example, node-1.


    Make sure that a copy of wazuh-install-files.tar, created during the initial configuration step, is placed in your working directory.

    # bash --wazuh-indexer node-1

Repeat this stage of the installation process for every Wazuh indexer node in your cluster. Then proceed with initializing your single-node or multi-node cluster in the next stage.

3. Cluster initialization

The final stage of installing the Wazuh indexer single-node or multi-node cluster consists of running the security admin script.

  1. Run the Wazuh installation assistant with option --start-cluster on any Wazuh indexer node to load the new certificates information and start the cluster.

    # bash --start-cluster


    You only have to initialize the cluster once, there is no need to run this command on every node.

Testing the cluster installation

  1. Run the following command to get the admin password:

    # tar -axf wazuh-install-files.tar wazuh-install-files/wazuh-passwords.txt -O | grep -P "\'admin\'" -A 1
  2. Run the following command to confirm that the installation is successful. Replace <ADMIN_PASSWORD> with the password gotten from the output of the previous command. Replace <WAZUH_INDEXER_IP> with the configured Wazuh indexer IP address:

    # curl -k -u admin:<ADMIN_PASSWORD> https://<WAZUH_INDEXER_IP>:9200
      "name" : "node-1",
      "cluster_name" : "wazuh-cluster",
      "cluster_uuid" : "095jEW-oRJSFKLz5wmo5PA",
      "version" : {
        "number" : "7.10.2",
        "build_type" : "rpm",
        "build_hash" : "db90a415ff2fd428b4f7b3f800a51dc229287cb4",
        "build_date" : "2023-06-03T06:24:25.112415503Z",
        "build_snapshot" : false,
        "lucene_version" : "9.6.0",
        "minimum_wire_compatibility_version" : "7.10.0",
        "minimum_index_compatibility_version" : "7.0.0"
      "tagline" : "The OpenSearch Project:"
  3. Replace <WAZUH_INDEXER_IP> and <ADMIN_PASSWORD>, and run the following command to check if the cluster is working correctly:

    # curl -k -u admin:<ADMIN_PASSWORD> https://<WAZUH_INDEXER_IP>:9200/_cat/nodes?v

Next steps

The Wazuh indexer is now successfully installed, and you can proceed with installing the Wazuh server. To perform this action, see the Installing the Wazuh server using the assisted installation method section.