Translog header corrupted – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” translog header corrupted ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “translog header corrupted”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

final int version;
 try {
 version = CodecUtil.checkHeader(new InputStreamDataInput(in); TRANSLOG_CODEC; VERSION_CHECKSUMS; VERSION_PRIMARY_TERM);
 } catch (CorruptIndexException | IndexFormatTooOldException | IndexFormatTooNewException e) {
 tryReportOldVersionError(path; channel);
 throw new TranslogCorruptedException(path.toString(); "translog header corrupted"; e);
 if (version == VERSION_CHECKSUMS) {
 throw new IllegalStateException("pre-2.0 translog found [" + path + "]");
 if (version == VERSION_CHECKPOINTS) {


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