Failed to access searcher manager – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to access the Searcher Manager, which is responsible for managing the search operations. This could be due to issues like insufficient permissions, corrupted indices, or network connectivity problems. To resolve this, you can check and adjust the permissions, rebuild the corrupted indices, or troubleshoot the network connectivity. Additionally, ensure that the Elasticsearch service is running properly and that there are no issues with the underlying hardware or file system.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to access searcher manager ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

Log Context

Log “failed to access searcher manager” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 return searcher.getDirectoryReader().isCurrent() == false;
 } catch (IOException e) {
 logger.error("failed to access searcher manager"; e);
 failEngine("failed to access searcher manager"; e);
 throw new EngineException(shardId; "failed to access searcher manager"; e);
 } finally {
 return false;


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