Failed to remove shard after failure () – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Feb-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 remove shard after failure () ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster, indices and shard.

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 remove shard after failure ([{}])” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

             try {
                indexService.removeShard(shardRouting.getId(); message);
            } catch (ShardNotFoundException e) {
                // the node got closed on us; ignore it
            } catch (Throwable e1) {
                logger.warn("[{}][{}] failed to remove shard after failure ([{}])"; e1; shardRouting.getIndex(); shardRouting.getId(); message);
        if (sendShardFailure) {
            sendFailShard(shardRouting; indexService.indexUUID(); message; failure);


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