Failed to parse license – no content provided – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to parse a license but finds no content. This could be due to an empty or missing license file. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Ensure that the license file is not empty and contains valid content. 2) Check the file path to make sure Elasticsearch is looking in the right place for the license. 3) If the license file is missing, you may need to obtain a new one and place it in the correct directory.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to parse license – no content provided ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, license.

Log Context

Log “failed to parse license – no content provided” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  public static License fromSource(BytesReference bytes; XContentType xContentType) throws IOException {
 if (bytes == null || bytes.length() == 0) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse license - no content provided");
 if (xContentType == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse license - no content-type provided");
 // EMPTY is safe here because we don't call namedObject


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