Failed to remove shard (index is closed) – 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 (index is closed) ” 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 (index is closed)” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                 for (Integer shardId : indexService.shardIds()) {
                    logger.debug("[{}][{}] removing shard (index is closed)"; index; shardId);
                    try {
                        indexService.removeShard(shardId; "removing shard (index is closed)");
                    } catch (Throwable e) {
                        logger.warn("[{}] failed to remove shard (index is closed)"; e; index);
        for (IndexService indexService : indicesService) {


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