Could not delete filter with ID – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to delete a filter because it cannot find a filter with the specified ID. This could be due to the filter being already deleted, or the ID being incorrect. To resolve this issue, you can verify the filter ID and ensure it exists before attempting to delete it. Alternatively, you can handle this error in your application by ignoring it if the filter’s existence is not critical, or by logging it for manual investigation.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Could not delete filter with ID [ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, delete, filter.

Log Context

Log “Could not delete filter with ID [” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 executeAsyncWithOrigin(client; ML_ORIGIN; BulkAction.INSTANCE; bulkRequestBuilder.request();
 new ActionListener() {
 public void onResponse(BulkResponse bulkResponse) {
 if (bulkResponse.getItems()[0].status() == RestStatus.NOT_FOUND) {
 listener.onFailure(new ResourceNotFoundException("Could not delete filter with ID [" + filterId
 + "] because it does not exist"));
 } else {


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