Failed to receive message for action – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 2.3-2.3

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to receive a message for a specific action due to network issues, node failures, or high cluster load. To resolve this, you can check the network connectivity between nodes, ensure all nodes are functioning properly, and monitor the cluster load. If the load is high, consider adding more nodes or increasing resources. Also, check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error information.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to receive message for action [ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: Index and Memory.

Log Context

Log “Failed to receive message for action [” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                 TransportResponseHandler handler = transportServiceAdapter.onResponseReceived(sendRequestId);
                if (handler != null) {
                    handleException(handler; new RemoteTransportException(nodeName(); localAddress; action; e));
            } else {
                logger.warn("Failed to receive message for action [" + action + "]"; e);

    private void handleRequest(StreamInput stream; long requestId; LocalTransport sourceTransport; Version version) throws Exception {


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