Could not close shard due to invalid license – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.1-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to close a shard due to an invalid or expired license. This could be due to using a feature that requires a specific license type, which is either expired or not present. To resolve this issue, you can either renew your license if it’s expired, or upgrade your license if the feature you’re using requires a higher level license. Alternatively, you can disable the feature that’s causing the issue if it’s not essential to your operations.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Could not close shard {} due to invalid license ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: license, plugin, shard, allocation.

Log Context

Log “Could not close shard {} due to invalid license” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                try {
                    indexShard.failShard("invalid license"; null);
                } catch (AlreadyClosedException ignored) {
                    // ignore
                } catch (Exception e) {
                    logger.warn(new ParameterizedMessage("Could not close shard {} due to invalid license"; indexShard.shardId()); e);


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