Failed to load role query – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.6-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to load a role query due to incorrect syntax, missing role query, or insufficient permissions. To resolve this issue, you can check the syntax of your role query and correct any errors. Ensure the role query exists and is correctly defined in your Elasticsearch configuration. Lastly, verify that the user has the necessary permissions to load the role query.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to load role query ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, query.

Log Context

Log “Failed to load role query” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 assert Transports.assertNotTransportThread("resolving role query");
 try {
 roleQueryBits = bitsetCache.getBitSet(roleQuery; in.getContext());
 numDocs = getNumDocs(in; roleQuery; roleQueryBits);
 } catch (Exception e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("Failed to load role query"; e);


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