Time exceeded – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which analyzes 2 JSON files to detect many configuration errors.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Time exceeded ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search, query.

Log Context

Log “Time exceeded”classname  is QueryPhase.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } catch (TimeExceededException e) {
 assert timeoutSet : "TimeExceededException thrown even though timeout wasn't set";
 if (searchContext.request().allowPartialSearchResults() == false) {
 // Can't rethrow TimeExceededException because not serializable
 throw new QueryPhaseExecutionException(searchContext.shardTarget(); "Time exceeded");
 if (searchContext.terminateAfter() != SearchContext.DEFAULT_TERMINATE_AFTER && queryResult.terminatedEarly() == null) {


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