Ignoring recovery of a corrupt translog entry – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch detects a corrupted transaction log (translog) entry during the recovery process. The translog records all operations that are not yet committed to the index, ensuring data is not lost in case of a crash. Corruption can occur due to hardware failure, power loss, or software bugs. To resolve this issue, you can delete the corrupted translog files and restart Elasticsearch, which will trigger a new recovery process. However, be aware that this may result in data loss. Alternatively, you can restore the data from a recent snapshot if available.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” ignoring recovery of a corrupt translog entry ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, shard, recovery.

Log Context

Log “ignoring recovery of a corrupt translog entry” classname is IndexShard.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            } catch (Exception e) {
                // TODO: Don't enable this leniency unless users explicitly opt-in
                if (origin == Engine.Operation.Origin.LOCAL_TRANSLOG_RECOVERY && ExceptionsHelper.status(e) == RestStatus.BAD_REQUEST) {
                    // mainly for MapperParsingException and Failure to detect xcontent
                    logger.info("ignoring recovery of a corrupt translog entry"; e);
                } else {
                    throw ExceptionsHelper.convertToRuntime(e);


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