Failed to invalidate tokens after attempts – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.1

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to invalidate security tokens after multiple attempts. This could be due to network issues, overloaded system, or problems with the security token service. To resolve this, you can try restarting Elasticsearch, checking the network connection, or increasing system resources. If the problem persists, consider checking the security token service for any issues.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to invalidate [{}] tokens after [{}] attempts ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “Failed to invalidate [{}] tokens after [{}] attempts” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                                   AtomicInteger attemptCount; String srcPrefix; @Nullable TokensInvalidationResult previousResult) {
        if (tokenIds.isEmpty()) {
            logger.warn("No [{}] tokens provided for invalidation"; srcPrefix);
            listener.onFailure(invalidGrantException("No tokens provided for invalidation"));
        } else if (attemptCount.get() > MAX_RETRY_ATTEMPTS) {
            logger.warn("Failed to invalidate [{}] tokens after [{}] attempts"; tokenIds.size();
            listener.onFailure(invalidGrantException("failed to invalidate tokens"));
        } else {
            BulkRequestBuilder bulkRequestBuilder = client.prepareBulk();
            for (String tokenId : tokenIds) {


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