Does not exist – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.3-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to access a resource (like an index, document, or field) that doesn’t exist in the database. This could be due to a typo in the resource name, or the resource may have been deleted. To resolve this issue, you can verify the resource name for any typos, check if the resource was accidentally deleted, or recreate the missing resource. If the error persists, you may need to check your Elasticsearch configuration or logs for more detailed information.

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

Log Context

Log “does not exist” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 e -> {
 Throwable cause = ExceptionsHelper.unwrapCause(e);
 if (cause instanceof IndexNotFoundException) {
 docValueFieldsLimitListener.onFailure(new ResourceNotFoundException("cannot retrieve data because index "
 + ((IndexNotFoundException) cause).getIndex() + " does not exist"));
 } else {


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