Higher term encountered current currentState term > used – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.1-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters a term that is higher than the current state term in a cluster. This usually happens during a master election process or when nodes are trying to join a cluster. To resolve this issue, you can try restarting the Elasticsearch nodes, ensuring that all nodes are running the same version of Elasticsearch, or checking the network connectivity between nodes. If the problem persists, you may need to consider reconfiguring your cluster or increasing the master election timeout.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Higher term encountered (current: ” + currentState.term() + ” > used: ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster.

Log Context

Log “Higher term encountered (current: ” + currentState.term() + ” > used: ” class name is JoinHelper.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 // The current state that MasterService uses might have been updated by a (different) master in a higher term already
 // Stop processing the current cluster state update; as there's no point in continuing to compute it as
 // it will later be rejected by Coordinator.publish(...) anyhow
 if (currentState.term() > term) {
 logger.trace("encountered higher term {} than current {}; there is a newer master"; currentState.term(); term);
 throw new NotMasterException("Higher term encountered (current: " + currentState.term() + " > used: " +
 term + "); there is a newer master");
 } else if (currentState.nodes().getMasterNodeId() == null && joiningTasks.stream().anyMatch(Task::isBecomeMasterTask)) {
 assert currentState.term() < term : "there should be at most one become master task per election (= by term)";
 final CoordinationMetadata coordinationMetadata =


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