Node is no longer master for term – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when the current master node in an Elasticsearch cluster loses its status due to network partitioning, node failure, or a new node with a higher term is elected as master. To resolve this, ensure all nodes are running and network connectivity is stable. If the issue persists, consider increasing the ‘discovery.zen.minimum_master_nodes’ setting to a higher value to prevent split-brain scenarios. Also, check the cluster’s health and logs for any anomalies. If a new master node is causing the issue, verify its configuration and suitability for the master role.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” node is no longer master for term ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: master, cluster, node.

Log Context

Log “node is no longer master for term” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 try {
 synchronized (mutex) {
 if (mode != Mode.LEADER || getCurrentTerm() != clusterChangedEvent.state().term()) {
 logger.debug(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failed publication as node is no longer master for term {}";
 clusterChangedEvent.source(); clusterChangedEvent.state().term()));
 publishListener.onFailure(new FailedToCommitClusterStateException("node is no longer master for term " +
 clusterChangedEvent.state().term() + " while handling publication"));
 }  if (currentPublication.isPresent()) {


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