received shard failed for shard id – 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 ” received shard failed for shard id ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster 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 “{} received shard failed for {}” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


    private final ShardFailedClusterStateHandler shardFailedClusterStateHandler = new ShardFailedClusterStateHandler();

    private void handleShardFailureOnMaster(final ShardRoutingEntry shardRoutingEntry) {
        logger.warn("{} received shard failed for {}"; shardRoutingEntry.failure; shardRoutingEntry.shardRouting.shardId(); shardRoutingEntry);
                "shard-failed (" + shardRoutingEntry.shardRouting + "); message [" + shardRoutingEntry.message + "]";


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