OnPreQueryPhase listener failed – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when a listener in the pre-query phase of Elasticsearch fails. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect configurations, network issues, or a bug in the software. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Check and correct the configurations related to the listener. 2) Investigate network connectivity and ensure that all nodes are reachable. 3) Update Elasticsearch to the latest version to fix any potential bugs. 4) Check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error information to help pinpoint the issue.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” onPreQueryPhase listener [{}] failed ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, query, shard.

Log Context

Log “onPreQueryPhase listener [{}] failed” classname is SearchOperationListener.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        public void onPreQueryPhase(SearchContext searchContext) {
            for (SearchOperationListener listener : listeners) {
                try {
                } catch (Exception e) {
                    logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("onPreQueryPhase listener [{}] failed"; listener); e);