Failed to delete expired or invalidated api keys – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to delete expired or invalidated API keys due to issues like insufficient permissions, network problems, or internal server errors. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check and adjust the user permissions to ensure they have the right to delete API keys. 2) Verify the network connectivity between Elasticsearch nodes. 3) Check the server logs for any internal errors and fix them. 4) Restart the Elasticsearch service to clear any temporary issues.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to delete expired or invalidated api keys ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, delete.

Log Context

Log “failed to delete expired or invalidated api keys” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

    public void onFailure(Exception e) {
        if (isShardNotAvailableException(e)) {
            logger.debug("failed to delete expired or invalidated api keys"; e);
        } else {
            logger.error("failed to delete expired or invalidated api keys"; e);

    private void markComplete() {


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