Failed to publish cluster state – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.17

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to update the cluster state due to issues like network problems, node failures, or insufficient resources. To resolve this, you can check the network connectivity between nodes, ensure all nodes are running and healthy, and verify that there are enough resources (CPU, memory, disk space) available. Additionally, check the Elasticsearch logs for more specific error messages that can help identify the root cause.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to publish cluster state ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: discovery, cluster.

Log Context

Log “failed to publish cluster state” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 );  synchronized (stateMutex) {
 pendingStatesQueue.failAllStatesAndClear(new ElasticsearchException("failed to publish cluster state"));  rejoin("zen-disco-failed-to-publish");
 }  publishListener.onFailure(t);


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