Failed to execute pipeline for a bulk request – 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 execute pipeline for a bulk request ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: bulk and request.

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 execute pipeline for a bulk request” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                 logger.debug(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to execute pipeline [{}] for document [{}/{}/{}]";
                    indexRequest.getPipeline(); indexRequest.index(); indexRequest.type();; exception);
            }; (exception) -> {
                if (exception != null) {
                    logger.error("failed to execute pipeline for a bulk request"; exception);
                } else {
                    long ingestTookInMillis = TimeUnit.NANOSECONDS.toMillis(System.nanoTime() - ingestStartTimeInNanos);
                    BulkRequest bulkRequest = bulkRequestModifier.getBulkRequest();
                    ActionListener actionListener = bulkRequestModifier.wrapActionListenerIfNeeded(ingestTookInMillis;


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