Failed to find local IndexMetaData – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.5

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch cannot locate the metadata for a specific index on the local node. This could be due to the index being deleted, a node failure, or a synchronization issue between nodes. To resolve this, you can try to restart the node, restore the index from a backup, or re-index the data. If the issue persists, you may need to investigate the cluster health and ensure all nodes are properly synchronized.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to find local IndexMetaData ” 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 find local IndexMetaData” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 // in such cases we can load it from disk
 metaData = IndexMetaData.FORMAT.loadLatestState(logger; namedXContentRegistry;
 if (metaData == null) {
 ElasticsearchException e = new ElasticsearchException("failed to find local IndexMetaData");
 throw e;
 }  if (indicesService.getShardOrNull(shardId) == null) {