Disabling track_total_hits is not allowed in a scroll context – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” disabling track_total_hits is not allowed in a scroll context ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: scroll and search.

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 “disabling [track_total_hits] is not allowed in a scroll context”classname  is SearchService.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (source.trackTotalHitsUpTo() != null
 && source.trackTotalHitsUpTo() != SearchContext.TRACK_TOTAL_HITS_ACCURATE
 && context.scrollContext() != null) {
 throw new SearchException(shardTarget; "disabling [track_total_hits] is not allowed in a scroll context");
 if (source.trackTotalHitsUpTo() != null) {
 if (source.minScore() != null) {


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