Start Trial API

This API starts a 30-day trial license.


POST _xpack/license/start_trial


The start trial API enables you to upgrade from a basic license to a 30-day trial license, which gives access to all X-Pack features.


You are allowed to initiate a trial license only if your cluster has not already activated a trial license for the current major X-Pack version. For example, if you have already activated a trial for v6.0, you cannot start a new trial until v7.0. You can, however, contact to request an extended trial license.

To check the status of your trial license, use the following API: Get Trial Status API.

For more information about the different types of licenses, see


You must have manage cluster privileges to use this API. For more information, see Security Privileges.


The following example checks whether you are eligible to start a trial:

POST _xpack/license/start_trial

Example response:

  "trial_was_started": true