License expired – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which analyzes 2 JSON files to detect many errors.

Briefly, this error message indicates that the license for Elasticsearch has expired. The reason for this error could be a problem with the licensing system or a failure to renew the license. To resolve the issue, the licensing system should be checked or the license should be renewed.

To easily locate the root cause and resolve this issue try AutoOps for Elasticsearch & OpenSearch. It diagnoses problems by analyzing hundreds of metrics collected by a lightweight agent and offers guidance for resolving them.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” License expired ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: license and plugin.

Log Context

Log “License [{}] – expired” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                     logger.debug("license [{}] - valid"; license.uid());
                } else {
                    logger.warn("license [{}] - grace"; license.uid());
            } else {
                logger.warn("license [{}] - expired"; license.uid());



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