Required alias ” + alias + ” does not exist – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” required alias ” + alias + ” does not exist ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster, metadata, alias.

Log Context

Log “required alias [” + alias + “] does not exist”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 boolean apply(NewAliasValidator aliasValidator; Metadata.Builder metadata; IndexMetadata index) {
 if (false == index.getAliases().containsKey(alias)) {
 if (mustExist != null && mustExist) {
 throw new ResourceNotFoundException("required alias [" + alias + "] does not exist");
 return false;
 return true;


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