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

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.5

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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.

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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) {


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