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Important settings

For production workloads, make sure the Linux setting vm.max_map_count is set to at least 262144. Even if you use the Docker image, set this value on the host machine. To check the current value, run this command:

cat /proc/sys/vm/max_map_count

To increase the value, add the following line to /etc/sysctl.conf:


Then run sudo sysctl -p to reload.

The sample docker-compose.yml file also contains several key settings:

  • bootstrap.memory_lock=true

    Disables swapping (along with memlock). Swapping can dramatically decrease performance and stability, so you should ensure it is disabled on production clusters.

  • OPENSEARCH_JAVA_OPTS=-Xms512m -Xmx512m

    Sets the size of the Java heap (we recommend half of system RAM).

  • nofile 65536

    Sets a limit of 65536 open files for the OpenSearch user.

  • port 9600

    Allows you to access Performance Analyzer on port 9600.