Failed to prepare shard for recovery – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Failed to prepare shard for recovery – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up  which can resolve issues causing many errors 


This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “failed to prepare shard for recovery” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: recovery, indices, shard.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to discover the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations (free tool that requires no installation). 

Log Context

Log”failed to prepare shard for recovery”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

actionName = PeerRecoverySourceService.Actions.START_RECOVERY;
  } catch (final Exception e) {
  // this will be logged as warning later on...
  logger.trace("unexpected error while preparing shard for peer recovery; failing recovery"; e);
  new RecoveryFailedException(recoveryTarget.state(); "failed to prepare shard for recovery"; e); true);
  logger.trace("{} starting recovery from {}"; startRequest.shardId(); startRequest.sourceNode());
  } else {
  startRequest = preExistingRequest;


Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

1 Elastic Search IndexShardGatewayRecoveryException -views 2,086 ,score 2

Elasticsearch crashed on development machine, trying to recover …  



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