Failed to get parse meta for – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 1.7-1.7

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to retrieve or parse the metadata for a specific index or document. This could be due to a corrupted index, incorrect permissions, or a network issue. To resolve this, you can try to restore the index from a backup, check and correct the permissions, or investigate network connectivity. If the index is corrupted and there’s no backup, you may need to reindex the data.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to get/parse _meta for [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: routing.

Log Context

Log “failed to get/parse _meta for [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                 } catch (IndexMissingException e) {
                    // ignore; we will get it next time
                } catch (IllegalIndexShardStateException e) {
                    // ignore; we will get it next time
                } catch (Exception e) {
                    logger.warn("failed to get/parse _meta for [{}]"; e; mappingType);

        // At least one type does not have _meta; so we are


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