Reinitializing scroll due to SearchPhaseExecutionException – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.7

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters an issue during the execution of a search phase, causing it to reinitialize the scroll. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as a node failure, a timeout, or a query that is too complex. To resolve this issue, you could try simplifying your query, increasing the timeout limit, or checking the health of your nodes and fixing any issues. Additionally, ensure that your Elasticsearch cluster has sufficient resources to handle the query load.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] Reinitializing scroll due to SearchPhaseExecutionException ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search, plugin, scroll.

Log Context

Log “[{}] Reinitializing scroll due to SearchPhaseExecutionException” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 SearchResponse searchResponse;
 try {
 searchResponse = executeSearchScrollRequest(scrollId);
 } catch (SearchPhaseExecutionException searchExecutionException) {
 if (searchHasShardFailure == false) {
 LOGGER.debug("[{}] Reinitializing scroll due to SearchPhaseExecutionException"; context.jobId);
 searchResponse =
 executeSearchRequest(buildSearchRequest(lastTimestamp == null ? context.start : lastTimestamp));
 } else {
 throw searchExecutionException;


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