Failed to call ping listener – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 2.3-2.3

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to communicate with a node in the cluster due to network issues, or the node is unresponsive or overloaded. To resolve this issue, you can check the network connectivity between the nodes, ensure that the unresponsive node is functioning properly, or increase the ping timeout setting. Additionally, you can also check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed information about the error.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to call ping listener ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: discovery, discovery-multicast, ping and Plugin.

Log Context

Log “failed to call ping listener” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

         void finish() {
            // spawn another thread as we may be running on a network thread
            threadPool.generic().execute(new AbstractRunnable() {
                public void onFailure(Throwable t) {
                    logger.error("failed to call ping listener"; t);

                protected void doRun() throws Exception {
                    finalizePingCycle(id; listener);


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