Running graceful exit on windows – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is being shut down in a controlled manner on a Windows system. This is not necessarily an error, but a notification that Elasticsearch is closing all active connections and freeing up resources before shutting down. If this is unexpected, check your system’s scheduled tasks or scripts that might be triggering this. To resolve, ensure Elasticsearch is running as a service so it remains active. If it’s a memory issue, consider increasing the heap size. Also, check for any third-party applications that might be interfering with Elasticsearch.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” running graceful exit on windows ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: bootstrap.

Log Context

Log “running graceful exit on windows” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        if (ctrlHandler) {
            Natives.addConsoleCtrlHandler(new ConsoleCtrlHandler() {
                public boolean handle(int code) {
                    if (CTRL_CLOSE_EVENT == code) {
              "running graceful exit on windows");
                        return true;
                    return false;