Node closed while execution action for shard entry – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when an Elasticsearch node is shut down or becomes unavailable during the execution of an action for a shard entry. This could be due to network issues, hardware failure, or the node being intentionally shut down. To resolve this issue, you can try restarting the node if it was intentionally shut down. If it’s a network issue, check your network connections and settings. If it’s a hardware failure, you might need to replace or repair the faulty hardware. Also, ensure your cluster has enough resources to handle the workload.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” node closed while execution action [{}] for shard entry [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster, node, shard.

Log Context

Log “node closed while execution action [{}] for shard entry [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                sendShardAction(actionName; state; request; listener);

            public void onClusterServiceClose() {
                logger.warn("node closed while execution action [{}] for shard entry [{}]"; actionName; request);
                listener.onFailure(new NodeClosedException(clusterService.localNode()));

            public void onTimeout(TimeValue timeout) {


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