Could not retrieve destination index version – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.1-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to fetch the version of the destination index. This could be due to the index not existing, insufficient permissions, or network connectivity issues. To resolve this, ensure the index exists and has the correct permissions. If it does, check your network connection to the Elasticsearch cluster. If the issue persists, consider reindexing or recreating the index.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] Could not retrieve destination index version ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, version, plugin.

Log Context

Log “[{}] Could not retrieve destination index version” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        try {
            Map version = (Map) meta.get(VERSION);
            String createdVersionString = (String) version.get(CREATED);
            return Version.fromString(createdVersionString);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] Could not retrieve destination index version"; jobId); e);
            return null;

    public interface Metadata {


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