Cluster shutdown received failed shutdown response from – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 1.7-1.7

Briefly, this error occurs when an attempt to shut down an Elasticsearch cluster fails due to issues with one or more nodes. This could be due to network issues, node unresponsiveness, or a problem with the shutdown command. To resolve this, you can try to identify and fix any network issues, ensure all nodes are responsive, or retry the shutdown command. If the problem persists, you may need to manually shut down each node individually. Always ensure to backup your data to prevent any loss during this process.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [cluster_shutdown]: received failed shutdown response from [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: admin, cluster, node and response.

Log Context

Log “[cluster_shutdown]: received failed shutdown response from [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


                                public void handleException(TransportException exp) {
                                    logger.warn("[cluster_shutdown]: received failed shutdown response from [{}]"; exp; node);


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