Failed to apply failed shards – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to apply failed shards ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster and shards.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “Failed to apply failed shards {}” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

             ClusterState maybeUpdatedState = currentState;
            try {
                maybeUpdatedState = applyFailedShards(currentState; failedShardsToBeApplied; staleShardsToBeApplied);
            } catch (Exception e) {
                logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to apply failed shards {}"; failedShardsToBeApplied); e);
                // failures are communicated back to the requester
                // cluster state will not be updated in this case
                batchResultBuilder.failures(tasksToBeApplied; e);


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