After downloading the latest release and extracting it, elasticsearch can be started using:
Under *nix system, the command will start the process in the background.
To run it in the foreground, add the
-f switch to it:
$ bin/elasticsearch -f
ElasticSearch is built using Java, and requires at least
Java 6 in order to run.
The version of Java that will be used can be set by setting the
JAVA_HOME environment variable.